What Is Tapping and How Does It Work?

What Is Tapping and How Does It Work?

TAPPING GIVES YOU THE POWER TO HEAL YOURSELF, PUTTING THE CONTROL OVER YOUR DESTINY BACK INTO YOUR OWN HANDS.

The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions.

What is a Meridian Point?

Put simply, meridian points are certain points that can be mapped throughout the body. Energy circulates through your body along this specific network of channels. You can tap into this energy at any point along the system.

All negative emotions are felt through a disruption of the body’s energy. The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy. Restore balance to the body’s energy, and you will mend the negative emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy disruption. Tapping restores the body’s energy balance, and negative emotions are conquered.

How does Tapping Work?

The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or anything that’s bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body’s meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – while concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will access your body’s energy, restoring it to a balanced state.

According to Dr. Dawson Church, “Acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, not mediated by the frontal lobes (the thinking part, active in talk therapy).” Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, he adds, “EFT gives you the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.” In fact, it’s EFT’s ability to access the amygdala, an almond-shaped part of your brain that initiates your body’s negative reaction to fear, a process we often refer to as the “fight or flight” response, that makes it so powerful.

Think of your amygdala as a personal alarm system. When you experience trauma or fear, the amygdala is triggered and your body is flooded with cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone.” This intricate chain reaction – your stress response – significantly influences and sometimes even causes whatever it is that troubles you, whether that’s an illness, injury, emotion, or even an external problem such as an issue with a friendship.

It’s estimated that 10 million people worldwide have used tapping

What’s so exciting is how incredibly quickly it can eleviate issues like depression, anxiety and insomnia, as well severe PTSD, physical pain, even illness.

These studies show that by stimulating these parts of your body – as we do in EFT Tapping – you can drastically reduce or eliminate the distress that accompanies or gives rise to these problems you face. By doing so, you can often eliminate the problems themselves!

Tapping is simple and painless. It can be learned by anyone. And you can apply it to yourself, whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s less expensive and less time consuming. It can be used with specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and experiences. Most importantly, it gives you the power to heal yourself, putting control over your destiny back into your own hands.


Watch this short instructional video to learn where the Tapping points are:


You can find more research related to the benefits of EFT/Tapping by visiting thetappingsolution.com.

Tapping Diagrams

Child-friendly Tapping diagrams for you to use with yourself, your students or own children. Print individual copies for students to keep in their personal spaces, or enlarge as a chart in your classroom.

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Tapping diagrams also available in Spanish:

Tapping for Cancer Stress and Trauma

Tapping for Cancer Stress and Trauma

The video below features how Deborah Miller, Ph.D. is using Tapping at a children’s hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico to deal with the stress and trauma associated with cancer and being in a hospital setting.

You can also read more about how Tapping can positively impact an individual diagnosed with cancer by reading our blog post here.

Tapping in Rwanda

Tapping in Rwanda

The Tapping Solution Foundation has supported the ongoing efforts of Dr. Lori Leyden and Project Light by providing training resources, outreach and funding. Dr. Leyden’s innovative and heart-centered “Create Global Healing” organization introduced Tapping to Rwanda to help bring hope and healing to the survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Through these efforts, five hundred survivors were trained by the Project Light team, following a “train the trainer” model, to establish the world’s first international youth healing leadership and entrepreneurship program based on Energy Psychology and Tapping. A four week residential program was developed where twelve Project Light Ambassadors participated to heal, work, and learn to lead toward a peaceful future.

 

“What excites me most about Project Light is that this is truly a new model for humanitarian aid. Tapping is being introduced to help teach young people how to heal from trauma and learn the skills that will help them look forward towards a future of personal and global peace.”

—Nick Ortner

“Project Light stands for heart-centered leadership that will inspire global healing and transformation. In this program, we are using Tapping for every aspect of training. It is a “train the trainer” model, so that these young people will be prepared to train tens of hundreds of other young people in these techniques.” Dr. Lori Leydon

Learn More About Project Light: Rwanda


Tapping in Australia

AN UPDATE ON THE NEWEST WORK IN AUSTRALIA FROM DR. LORI LEYDEN

Project LIGHT: Australia – from trauma to hope: The expansion of Project LIGHT continues to bring miracles beyond my imagination! Our intention for Project LIGHT: Australia is to work with Indigenous and Refugee Youth and those who support them. In May, we were honored and deeply privileged to spend 4 days in Robinvale with an amazing group of Aborigine Elders and young adults. These wise women have suffered egregious traumas effecting many generations of Aborigine people because of government policies that took their land, their children, and perpetuated violence against them. Many are living with the loss of their adolescent children to suicide (highest suicide rate in the world) and drug addiction, and experience domestic violence, cancer, chronic pain, depression, anxiety as well as other debilitating life circumstances.

Using the EFT for Trauma protocol I developed in Newtown and Rwanda, we were able to lift significant traumas allowing these Elders and young people to feel a renewed sense hope and deep commitment to personal and community healing.

We also had the honor of leading an EFT for Trauma workshop for 50 staff members of Foundation House, an impressive organization working with refugee youth and families.

As promised, I returned to Australia again at the end of October to conduct various workshops, including an Advanced Trauma Relief and Resiliency training for EFT/Tapping Professionals, to begin building EFT/Tapping trauma healing capacity in the country.

We’re also building relationships with individuals and organizations such as the Asylum Seekers Resource Center, Foundation House, Melbourne City Mission and Igniting Change to offer collaborative trauma healing training for professionals serving those with the greatest need for emotional healing in Australia. Plans are already underway for more trainings in May 2018!

One of the greatest privileges I experienced was being invited to participate in the Return to Country: Mungo Man events. What an honor to meet First Nation dignitaries as well as Jim Bowler who discovered the 43,000 year-old Mungo Man bones and worked tirelessly for over forty years to return them to sacred ground. We deeply hope that these events have created a momentum of reconciliation and healing for all Australians.”

– Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA

Tapping for War Veterans

Tapping for War Veterans

The Tapping Solution Foundation has supported the Veterans Stress Project to help veterans by using EFT Tapping to treat trauma.

After years of persistence and advocacy, EFT has been approved as “generally safe” by the US Veterans Administration. After reviewing the extensive evidence for the safety and efficacy of EFT, a group of experts in the VAs Integrative Health Coordinating Center published a statement approving EFT and several other complementary and integrative health (CIH) practices.

The approval means that VA therapists will be able to use EFT Tapping with their clients suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, pain and other conditions.”

Testimonials

“I have been a clinical psychologist since 1970, serving in the USAF at the end of the Vietnam War, where I first encountered combat PTSD…… EFT and the related “tapping” therapies are most useful in anxiety disorders but applicable in most cases where emotional distress is a prime symptom.”



Read the full letter from Jerry E. Wesch, Ph.D. OIC – Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program – Ft. Hood Resilience and Restoration Center – Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center

“I was commissioned as a captain in the US Army Reserve on March 2010, and was deployed to Afghanistan from July 2011 to May 2012. As a psychologist, I was in charge of a forward operating base in Kandahar Province and officially saw 199 individual soldiers (574 sessions)……. After just one round of tapping, soldiers were noticeably more relieved and calmer.”


Read the full letter from Constance Louie-Handelman, PhD CPT, USAR, MS

“I lost eleven brothers on my first deployment alone. If you are at all like me, your first thought – if you are even aware of EFT to begin with – is that this stuff is a bunch of BS. How the hell can tapping on your face and hands alleviate PTSD? But I was wrong, and found this program to be far more effective – and less emotionally invasive – than anything else I have tried for combatting PTSD.”


Read the full letter from Evan Hessel, Former President, Viking Vets -Iraq Nov ’06-Feb ’08; Afghanistan May ’09-June ‘10


The Veterans’ Stress Project offers all Veterans no cost, drug-free EFT coaching.

Emotional pain and mental distress are substantially diminished using Emotional Freedom Techniques. Multiple independent studies also show pain diminishes an average of 68% with EFT. Over 85% of Vets who have participated have resolved most of their PTSD symptoms (insomnia, anger, grief, hyper-vigilance) in six 1-hour sessions. 3 and 6 month followups confirm that the benefits are lasting.

Veterans qualify for 6 free, private sessions (in person, by phone or via Skype) as part of on-going research. Veterans who participate contribute to the mission of helping thousands of other Veterans and their families.

This video features the Veterans Stress Project, along with clips from the film “Operational Emotional Freedom.”

The following is the trailer for the documentary film “The Tapping Solution,” which features one war veteran. EFT Tapping offers numerous important benefits for veterans suffering from PTSD.

Learn more about the Stress Project

Resources

US Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline
Planning for Life after Discharge
Transition to Civilian Life
Best Jobs for Returning Service members

Tapping to Choose Love

Tapping to Choose Love

The Tapping Solution Foundation has been providing support for The Choose Love Movement and is proud to contribute to The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Enrichment Program which is a social and emotional (SEL) classroom program teaching children how to choose love in any circumstance. The program focuses on four important character values – courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion – which cultivates optimism, resilience and personal responsibility.

The Tapping Solution Foundation has created a Tapping extension to guide teachers in implementing Tapping in the classroom alongside the Choose Love Enrichment Program lessons. The Tapping extension is written by Alison Partridge, TTSF Director of Program Development and co-author with Nick Ortner, of The Big Book of Hugs

With Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms, teachers and students will learn how to use this self-regulating tool to develop an understanding of their emotions and a resiliency to take part in controlling them. The lessons are connected to the Choose Love Enrichment Program and can be taught within each of the four units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Compassion in Action. This program was developed, by educators for educators, to ensure you have the tools and resources you need to teach all essential life skills.

The Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms Extension program gives teachers the knowledge and language to use Tapping for yourself, with individual children, or your entire classroom as a whole. The entire program can be accessed and download for free by visiting the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement website, jesselewischooselove.org

CHOOSING LOVE

The Tapping for Stress Relief in Classrooms Extension program will give teachers the knowledge and language to use Tapping in the classroom.

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TAPPING & TRAUMA

Nick Ortner, Newtown resident, worked one-on-one with Scarlett Lewis, mother of Jesse Lewis, to help her deal with the unimaginable trauma of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

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