I was first introduced to tapping in 2012 and the idea seemed crazy to me. What do you mean I can simply tap on points all over my body and my symptoms would disappear? That seemed like a far fetched idea.
However, I can’t say that I know everything there is to know about healing so maybe it is possible. I try to keep an open mind about things like this.
Last night, I watched a movie called The Tapping Solution Documentary. The documentary followed 10 people living with addiction, grief, back pain, fibromyalgia, post traumatic stress disorder, and various other ailments. They went to a 4 day tapping retreat to learn how to tap and see if they their health could improve. Most were successful. There were stories of eliminating the need to wear a back brace despite being in a car accident, reducing crippling pain, overcoming intense anxiety, and shifting significant grief.
The results of the people in the documentary are amazing and it is fun contemplating the idea that something this simple could be effective at achieving these miraculous recoveries.
I highly recommend watching the movie (it’s free for the next week or so). Even if you’re skeptical it’s worth watching for the sole purpose of expanding your mind regarding what’s possible.
Tapping was first invented by Dr. Roger Callahan and he called it Thought Field Therapy (TFT). He first used it to treat a patient with severe anxiety. Gary Craig modified the technique and named his version Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
A great learning resource for tapping is The Tapping Solution and it’s based on EFT. There are subtle differences in the approaches of EFT vs. TFT but both use tapping to facilitate the body’s natural healing (emotional or physical) capabilities.
How it works
Taken from The Tapping Solution: tapping utilizes the body’s energy meridian points by stimulating them with your fingertips.
Think about acupuncture. It’s a more widely accepted version of stimulating energy channels through the body to help facilitate healing. Except it uses needles and tapping doesn’t. Bonus!
Basically, there is a series of points on the hands, head and upper torso that you tap while saying belief statements and affirmations. When we have an emotional reaction or physical ailment it is due to charged energy following through the body. Tapping interrupts the flow of this “negatively” charged energy and lessens its intensity.
There are instructional/explanation videos on The Tapping Solution website.
My Experience with Tapping
Despite having learned about this almost 3 years ago now, I have not dove into the application of tapping. I’ve used it sporadically with mild success.
My biggest success with it was actually to obliterate morning sickness while I was pregnant. Fortunately I didn’t experience much but when I did I tapped under my nose (above the lip) which is the point connected to the stomach. I would simply tap on there repeatedly and my nausea would disappear. Sometimes I had to repeat it but the point is that it got better, not worse.
My father has had success reducing headache pain. So I know it works.
As far as I can tell the only adverse side effect may be looking like an idiot 🙂 So, it might be worth trying if it means living without pain, fear, or any other reoccurring negative emotions.
I encourage you to check out the movie. I know it gave me more to think about. I hope I can recall what I learned from it the next time I’m upset, stressed, or in pain.