Introduction into tapping and a simple tapping exercise:
What is tapping? Tapping is a modality used to tap on certain acupressure points on the face and body. When you tap these locations, you are tapping into the meridians of the body. By tapping these locations you are also tapping on the emotion that might be locked in the meridian.
This comes directly from The Tapping Solution: Tapping is a combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system, and body all at once. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions.
There are two flavors of tapping/EFT.
EFT is the Emotional Freedom Technique and is quite elaborate. You tap 11 spots, then do the 9 phase gamut where you tap the back of your hand while doing things with your eyes and then humming, then counting and humming again. It seems overwhelming to me, but I would think for really stuck situations, this would clear out everything!
Tapping uses 9 points and that’s all. I have found it to be effective. You might have to do it more than once or you might need to follow up in a few days to make sure it is cleared, but I have usually been one and done. That’s not to say I haven’t gone back and did the script at a different time for a different reason.
What do I like about tapping? You can have these amazing realizations that seem to come out of thin air because you followed the script (or your own mind chatter) and if given time to ponder, you actually can have some breakthroughs or a-ha moments. Tapping is fairly easy to do and it is extremely portable.
Are there any cons to tapping? The only one I can come up with is that you may not want to do it in front of people. Tapping under your arm and the top of your head sort of looks odd to others. But a bathroom stall is perfect. Or I have gently massaged each point while in public.
Whom do I follow? I know that EFT or tapping has been around since the ’80s. Then it was called the Emotional Freedom Technique. Nick Ortner is the one I listen to the most, his sister Jessica is second. He seems to have made it easier than the original, and I know there are others that do EFT and tapping.
Here is a video Nick Ortner made on what Tapping is and how to do it with some simple techniques on how to tap. Once you've gone through the video you can continue reading and work on yourself.
This is a VERY basic tapping session. It can be used as a very quick way to acknowledge your feelings and clear them. If you find yourself outside of your home, you could go to the restroom and tap this out easily to give you some immediate relief. I have even touched those points and rubbed them gently when in public to get some relief. If you find one point actually helps better than the other, you could rub that spot saying the lines below. There are a number of ways to use this simple tapping exercise.
Also, I am using "I can't breathe with a mask on" and the positive, "I can breathe with a mask on" That might not be your issue, so you can change it to whatever works for you. For example, I am angry about having to wear a mask. Or, I have anxiety when I wear a mask.
Whatever works for you, please use that as it will have more resonance and work to help you clear it.
Rate your current intensity level between 0 and 10. Whatever number that is keep it in mind or write it down.
I want you to tap through the points like this:
Karate Chop point X3: Even though I can’t breathe with a mask on, I accept how I feel and completely love myself.
Eyebrow: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Side of eye: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Under eye: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Under nose: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Under mouth: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Collarbone: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Under arm: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Top of head: I can’t breathe with a mask on.
Go back to the eyebrow point and repeat this at least 5 times, or the number of your intensity.
Then, let's add the positive:
Eyebrow: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Side of eye: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Under eye: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Under nose: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Under mouth: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Collarbone: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Under arm: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
Top of head: I can breathe easily with a mask on.
repeat at least 2x
Something to note here: This is a tool that can be used for just about anything. Currently, we are using I can’t breathe, and I can breathe statements. However, it might be, I am so frustrated with wearing a mask. Then the positive is: I easily wear a mask. You can tailor-make these to fit any immediate need.
By continuing with this course you are also willing to take full personal responsibility for the choices you make and how you process the outcome of those choices.
This is an image of the tapping points. It came from a google search and comes from The Tapping Solution.