“Tapping” Basics

Basics of “Tapping”

What is Tapping?

“Tapping” is a simple percussive application on specific points and areas of your face and body, which can lead to a decreased level of stress and increased sense of calm.  More and more science and clinical data is coming out to support this long passed down experiential wisdom.

How Do We Tap?

This Tap-along video by Ulf and Gunnila from the PeacefulHeart.se is a wonderful resource.  It will guide you through the major Tapping points (with some additional steps.)  Try it and see how your nerves respond.

Downloadable Tap-along Video for Stress Reduction and Calm (TTT)

Where Do We Tap?

The Tapping points are selected based on traditional Asian/traditional healing methods that have been around for thousands of years.  The following image shows some of the Basic Tapping Points (Free Tapping Chart download.)

Why Do We Tap?

“Tapping” helps to calm the nerves and to neutralize the imbalance caused by unhealthy stress.  Tapping works to disrupt the negative stress loop, and can prevent the built up of stress.

Scientific studies shows that Tapping affects the activities in the brain and nerves, thus also affecting the endocrine (hormone) system and so on.  As we are able to move into calm from stress quicker, it will have the positive impact such as being able to focus better, communicate better, make better decisions and so on.  This also helps our lives simply more enjoyable.

Anything Else To Be Aware of?

  • There are many variations, adaptations of Tapping (TFT, EFT, TTT, etc!)  This website will be primarily focused on the most simple, non-verbal style as an introduction.  Sometime they are called “Trauma Tapping Techniques (TTT),” “Tap & Breath,” “Bronze Tapping,” “Silent Tapping,” etc.
  • “Tapping” is considered to be generally safe.  However, with any potent tools, there are times (though rare) when the stress response can intensify even with this most gentle form of Tapping.  If handled correctly, this can be a catalyst of a breakthrough.  Yet without the right support, it can also feel overwhelming and scary.  Therefore, if you ever notice adverse reactions, please seek out professional help as soon as you can to safely navigate through this very important (and typically temporary) phase.

“The ability to consistently self-regulate with EFT [Tapping] has greatly increased my quality of life.  Better and more consistent moods, more present with clients, family, friends and colleagues….”
Dr. Robert Rhoton
CEO Arizona Trauma Institute, co-editor International Journal of Trauma Practice and Research