Tapping Points

Tapping is a technique that is clinically proven to turn off anxiety, the fight-or-flight response, also known as the stress response.

If you think about something you might have coming up (in the near future) that you're a little bit nervous about, or it could be about getting up and doing public speaking or a confrontation with your boss, something that makes you anxious and nervous, notice how you can think about it and then start to feel a variety of sensations like heart pounding, shaky, racing thoughts, etc.

This is the experience of the mind-body connection.

You are thinking a thought and mentally “tuning in” to something and it's actually turning on a completely physical response in your body. It's turning on the fight-or-flight or Stress response. That means adrenaline is starting to run in your body and you'll start to feel it more and more.

You can probably think of a time when you are safe at home but just thinking about something can make you feel like suddenly you’re all amped up.

Another example is when you're trying to go to sleep at night, or you wake up in the middle of the night and your thoughts are going and going and going, and it's really hard to settle and get back to sleep.

Okay, so what's happening?

Our mind is triggering a reaction in our body. That's the mind-body connection. And when the physical response of cortisol and adrenaline shoots into the body, you feel really, really awake. Tapping on acupressure points has been found and proven to act like a physical switch - light a light switch really.

It's been proven that if you tap on acupuncture points, which are little points on our body where an acupuncturist would normally put a needle — we just tap, and it physically turns off the fight-or-flight response and lowers cortisol and adrenaline in the body. That means you start to feel calmer and your brain switches from narrow thinking, racing fear mode to “smart mode” full of ideas, clarity, and better decision making.

Want to be more decisive, laser focused, have better ideas and feel more in that “flow” of taking action?

When we are experiencing even small amounts of stress or any kind of worry or fear, our brain is physiologically in an “anxious state” and it’s been proven in many studies that we are less focused, make poorer decisions, lose sight of the big picture, actually think less productively (even though our mind can be racing) and can be more likely to avoid doing the right things and even freeze when we know we should be in action...or do all the wrong things like busy work.

This is very different than being “in the zone” where you are thinking very clearly, having great ideas, totally focused and sharp and feeling engaged and enthusiastic.

Tapping is clinically proven to actually shift your state and your brain so you can be in your most mentally smart, focused, clear thinking and brilliant state with great ideas flowing that put you in gear and taking action.

What about food cravings and “emotional eating”?

When we are emotionally eating, we don’t eat because we are hungry!  There is a stress component and/or an emotional component to your eating and what you are specifically craving. Since tapping turns down the stress response, it can also be used very effectively to reduce your cravings.

Using Tapping for physical issues like pain or illness

Stress makes pain worse, that's proven. Stress makes those sensations and even inflammation worse, so turning off stress is an important component of dealing with pain. Any part of the pain that's being made worse by stress or strong emotions responds really well to Tapping.

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Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP,  Executive Director of the Association For Comprehensive Energy Psychology EnergyPsych.org

“Tapping is a top mind-body treatment that is:
  •Evidenced based (115+ studies)
  •Trauma informed
  •Polyvagally informed
  •Works twice as fast in the half the time as CBT for PTSD in veterans
  •Is effective for trauma, anxiety, depression, pain and addictions”

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Tapping as a technique is a complimentary superpower — that can also be added to any other modality — that:

  1. Quickly, effectively calms the anxious/ stress response in the body and mind,
  2. Allows move through layers of all kinds of resistance and intense emotions and vivid memories that can arise as seen through the Empathy Codes Map and 5 Types of Inner Resistance
  3. Lets you take clients from stuck to empowered in a relatively short amount of time.

The Tapping Points

Tapping points are acupuncture points. It’s important to remember because this makes it EASY! There's no magic to any one point. There's no magic to how many times you tap on each point. We are tapping on these points, because together they calm our fight-or-flight/stress response first!

Then when stronger emotions come up that are hard to feel, it allows them to be voiced and MOVE up and out of our system, leaving us feeling freer and calmer and “shifted” from any painful emotions that came up during the process.

In fact, the fight-or-flight response turns down as you tap, even if you don't use words.

Why do we using acupuncture/Tapping points on our face? Because they're easy to reach and they're easy for someone to mimic.

Don’t get hung up on worrying about doing it right.

Here the ones I commonly use are here but you can chose any mix of points in any order!  Simply tap each point 5-6 times and move to the next at your own pace!

  1. The eyebrow point
  2. The side of the eye point — on the edge of the bone
  3. The under the eye point — on the edge of the bone, right in the center of the eye
  4. The under the nose point — between the nose and the lips
  5. The chin point — the cleft of the chin
  6. Collarbone point — find the U-shaped bone at the base of your neck and it has two points and if you go down from those points, there's sort of an indent. (It's a really great calming point, so sometimes you can have people just tap on this point and keep tapping while talking and breathing. Model the deep breaths for them.)
  7. The under the arm point — where the bra strap is on a woman, so about four inches down from your armpit.
  8. The top of the head point — right in the center of the top of the head
  9. The side of the hand — karate chop

There also are wrist points and other points on the body.

Points on fingers — if you hold out your right hand, looking at the back of your hand, on the left side of each fingernail is an acupressure point that can be tapped.The left hand is the mirror image so if you hold your left hand out, the right side of each fingernail is an acupuncture point.

Discreet “one hand” Tapping - the fingertip points are convenient and can be used discreetly if you use your thumb on 1 hand to tap on the side of your fingertips/fingernails on the same hand. This can be done underneath a table at a meeting or down by your side if you’re in a public situation where you need to calm or center yourself without being noticed.

Tapping with Children – you can offer your child that you will gently tap on them even if you don’t use any words (remember the power is in the physical switch). 

It can be used at bedtime when there are sleeping issues.  Simply by tapping on the tapping points, children will often shift so quickly that trying to say the “correct words” does not matter. It could be minutes of tapping and a few little words here and there, and they're ready to either run off and play or they're ready to go right to sleep. You'll see their eyelids start to flutter, just from tapping very lightly on their faces at bedtime. 

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