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.