“Tapping” is a simple stress management technique where we actually Tap on specific points and areas of your face and body. This can lead to a decreased level of stress, and an increased sense of calm. More science and clinical data is being presented to support this long passed down experiential wisdom. Tapping can also be considered a trauma informed mindfulness tool, that is simple and easy to learn and perform.
How Do We Tap?
This following Tap-along video by Ulf and Gunnila from the PeacefulHeart.se will guide you through the basic protocol of Tapping, showing you the basic Tapping points. This style of Tapping is very gentle. Try Tapping along, and see how your nerves respond.
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?
Scientific studies of acupuncture suggest that stimulation of specific points leads to shifts of activities in the brain and nerves. This then can also lead to a shift in the neurotransmitter and hormone production. Similarly Tapping has been shown to help 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. 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 helps us function better, communicate better, and be more productive and happier.
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