“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 and 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 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. 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 productions. Similarly Tapping has been shown to help calm the nerves and to neutralize the imbalance caused by unhealthy stress. Tapping appears to work by disrupting the negative stress loop, and preventing the building 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, relate to others better, make better decisions and so on. This helps us be more productive and happier. If you have 30 min to spare, enjoy this workshop offered by the Peaceful Heart Network to gain some perspectives of why Tapping can work.
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 potentially 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