7 out of every 1000 people suffer from panic attacks, and generalised anxiety effects over 16% of the population. The symptoms can be varied, frightening and extremely distressing to those who suffer from these debilitating events.
I have known my clients regularly experience Panic Attacks which can induce sweating, shortness of breath, choking, trembling, palpitations, chest pain, shaking, tears and a sudden and overwhelming sense of mortal dread. With gentle and tenacious effort, using EFT and other energy psychology skills I have helped clients unpick their anxiety to be able to minimise and let go of panic attacks and live a life liberated from these terrifying events.
However one phenomenal experience stands out for me which I would like to share to give all anxiety sufferers hope that there is a truly effective way to find peace from panic attacks.
A while ago whilst attending a conference in central London, I decided to pop to the bathroom before the event started. The morning was starting at 9.30am at 9.20am I went to find a Ladies. As I stepped through the door a woman walked in behind me in the middle of a tremendous panic attack. She was severely trembling, crying, sweating, unable to breath properly, deeply distressed and clearly in need of urgent help.
This woman was a stranger, however it was crucial that she got some immediate help so I decided to practice some ‘emergency EFT’. When the client is ‘in’ the panic state this is the best time to work with them as the effects can be immediate and truly transformative – and I strongly believe that anyone who has panic attacks should have access that help if they wish.
Initially I got eye contact and starting talking in a calm voice directing her to breathe telling her she was safe and started tapping on my own collarbone point. We stayed like this for a while then I reached forward and said “I’m going to touch you now, these are acupuncture points that will calm you” and started to tap on her collar bone, head and hand.
I instructed her to breathe and stay looking at me, keeping up the mantra that she was safe and to let what was happening to flow through and allow her body to release these sensations. We kept eye contact, kept tapping and I continued to assure her that she was safe and to stay with me and breath.
As we remained like this I could feel the energy releasing and reducing and her physiology began to calm, her breathing deepened and the shaking reduced. Then suddenly she held her hand out in front of her, observed that she was no longer shaking and said in an amazed voice “It’s gone”. She was indeed ‘back in the room’ and very calm.
I kept tapping and asked her what happened and she explained that it was crowd fear and that it had happened to her once before in Barcelona and the busy Holborn crowds had frightened her again. We then hugged, used the bathroom and went our separate ways.
As I sat back down next to my colleagues and looked at my watch, it was only 9.30! In less than 10 minutes EFT had facilitated rapid and effective healing. The wonder and magic of working with body energies never fails to amaze me. The speed of her response the energetic flow from her body was truly wonderful to experience.
If you suffer from Panic Attacks, try EFT – you can use it anywhere, any time – even in the Ladies Bathroom!