My name is Joe Pantaleo, and I’m the founder of Tapping For Freedom.
My journey began in 2015 when I had a life scare. I’m sharing my story as it has resonated with so many in so many different ways. I’m here to help you on your road to healing and living the life you were meant to live. I hope you’ll join me…here’s my story.
I considered myself a healthy guy, but when I would run or perform a strenuous activity I started to notice shortness of breath. This began happening more often than not and as time passed It would happen while simply walking quickly or climbing a few steps. I didn’t think much of it at first, but soon realized I was experiencing shortness of breath doing regular everyday tasks. At first, I assumed I was probably out of shape but as time went on it started happening more often and it was apparent that it was something I needed to get checked out.
I decided to do a search of my symptoms on the internet (Big mistake!!) as soon as I hit the “SEARCH” button, every known disease and problem that ever existed popped up!. Seeing all these potentially serious problems gave me anxiety and I had my first panic attack. For those of you who suffer from panic attacks, WOW! That was the scariest thing I have experienced, I felt like I was going to die right there. Luckily my wife was close by and came over to calm me down with a few techniques she has used in the past as a quick remedy, as she has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks most of her life. I finally made an appointment with my doctor and went to see him.
I already had borderline high blood pressure and cholesterol, however, nothing serious that needed medication. He suggested I have a stress test done and referred me to a cardiologist, which I went to see a week later. I jumped on the treadmill with a heart monitor hooked up to me and the test began. I started off walking and slowly they sped up the treadmill. I soon as I started to jog (which was 30 seconds in) I was gasping for air and I couldn’t catch my breath. The doctor immediately stopped the test and told me that this is not normal and something is wrong. He suggested that I have an Angiogram performed, which is a camera they insert into your veins that looks around your arteries and heart.
A few days later I went to the hospital for the angiogram. After the procedure was done I was in the recovery room and the surgeon came to see me, I will never forget the first words that came out of his mouth. He said, “ YOU’RE LUCKY TO BE ALIVE”.
As you can imagine I was speechless. He handed me a file with a diagram of my heart and proceeded to tell me that I had 3 major blocks in my arteries 90%, 80 and 40%. He immediately booked me in to get an angioplasty done a few days later. While this happened all too fast and the procedure was a success, I had to know what caused this. Before leaving the hospital, I asked the doctor what caused these blocks in my otherwise healthy body.. He told me that STRESS is a silent killer. That stress affects us in all areas of our life and is connected to a lot of health problems.
I thought long and hard about what the doctor said as I recovered at home. I took a really good look at my life and realized that I was just going through the motions; WORK (hard) – EAT (poorly) – SLEEP (not enough)- REPEAT (no purpose). I was always tired, procrastinating, I had no drive and was feeling stuck with everything I did. It was during this time of reflection that I knew I needed to make a drastic change in my life and I started searching the internet for ways to improve my life and that’s when I stumbled upon this technique called EFT. Emotional Freedom Technique!
At first I found it a little weird and funny to tap on certain areas on the face while saying certain things, but as I began reading more about it I knew I had found an amazing technique. This was going to change my life and I was going to help others too.
I decided I wanted to become a certified practitioner so I contacted the founder of EFT, Gary Craig and took the course through his daughter Tina (at the time I contacted him he was no longer teaching it and his daughter had taken over)
Initially, I learned EFT to use on myself, friends and family but as I noticed astonishing results with myself I needed to share this with the world. I believe that everyone can benefit from EFT and we all need to heal ourselves to be able to move forward to a more fruitful healthy lifestyle so that we can live the life we were meant to live.
I continue to use EFT daily on myself and my family and I give credit to EFT for changing my life. I found my purpose and feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life.