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Stacey Vornbrock uses EFT successfully for athletes

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Stacey Vornbrock uses EFT successfully for athletes

Russ Christ
Special for the Scottsdale Republic
Mar. 9, 2005 12:00 AM

SCOTTSDALE - Elite athletes and amateurs alike are continually searching for things that can help them attain levels of peak performance.

Stacey Vornbrock believes she can help.

The founder of Scottsdale-based Breakthrough Performance, Vornbrock helps people eliminate obstructions to achieving peak performance by "tapping." The practice, also known as emotional freedom technique, is basically a do-it-yourself acupuncture without the needles.

Using two fingers (index and middle), EFT allows a person to discharge negative energy by physically tapping the body's pressure points on the hands, wrists and face. It is designed to address the physiology of the body, and it releases mental, emotional, mechanical and physical blocks, including range-of-motion blocks - and it works quickly.

Vornbrock, a psychotherapist, suffered a severe fear of water for 34 years and attended a workshop on EFT five years ago. When tapping eliminated her fear, Vornbrock was shocked because she had been taught that many phobias are psychological. "In fact, they are really biochemical," she said.

So Vornbrock tried tapping with friends and then her clients, all of whom saw improvement. Whether it was anxiety, stress and depression, physical pain, even weight loss or gain, problems went away.

"I want results for people," she said. "I've always wanted what is best and fastest for my clients, so it was frustrating not to have results just with talk therapy. So when I discovered this technique and what it could do, I was so excited."

Ed Oliver, owner of Ed Oliver Sports Massage in Scottsdale, is a believer.

"It sounds strange, but it works," said Oliver, whose clients include professional athletes. Vornbrock and Oliver have worked together on athletes and seen results, specifically when they have problems with range of motion.

Former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Seth Joyner said tapping has helped him, not only with golf but with his daily life.

"It's something you can use for everything," Joyner said. "It's a tremendous tool that I wish I had known about a long time ago."

Joyner uses tapping to relieve stress. Road rage, he thinks, can be controlled through EFT.

"Anger management really has more to do with your reaction to a situation than what someone else does," he said.

Now, instead of getting angry when someone cuts him off in traffic, Joyner taps.

"You naturally get upset when that happens, but now I start tapping right away," he said.

"It calms you right away and makes you realize you're in control of your emotions, of how you act and react in certain situations."

Joyner, whose goal is to play well on the Celebrity Players Tour, said tapping has helped.

"Golf is a game of how you react mentally," he said. "One bad shot or hole can ruin a round. Tapping has improved how I think on the course, my calmness and my concentration."

Jason Eccleston, who has a 5 handicap, believes EFT has merit.

"What I had was a bunch of little obstacles as far as trying to lower my handicap," Eccleston said. "We found out what they were and basically eliminated them."

EFT got rid of Eccleston's back problems, then Vornbrock worked on his mental issues. Eccleston, a contractor, said he used to get bothered by tactics his playing partners would use on the course to unnerve him.

"You find these little things that sabotage your round," he said. "We eliminated those mental blocks. It's easy to walk along, tap and eliminate that situation so it doesn't bother you anymore."

Russ Christ is a correspondent for the Scottsdale Republic.


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