What if there was a way to reduce stress, anxiety and improve your overall emotional health at your fingertips? Well, believe it or not there is! It’s called tapping therapy and works with your body’s energy meridians. By simply tapping these meridians located at certain areas of the body, you can free negative energy and emotions, resulting in a happier, healthier you.

Technique and Origins

You’ve likely heard of acupuncture where needles are placed at certain points of the body along energy meridians. The needles help free blocked life force energy or chi in order to bring the body back into balance. Tapping therapy works in a similar fashion. Rather than using needles, you or a practitioner will tap the energy points firmly using the fingertips.

By simply tapping these meridians located at certain areas of the body, you can free negative energy and emotions, resulting in a happier, healthier you.

Prior to a tapping sequence, a person will focus on a negative emotion to be released. Then during the session he or she will focus on the emotion while tapping and making positive statements to release and balance the energies.

While the concepts of acupuncture and acupressure have been around for centuries, tapping therapies started with George Goodheart, chiropractor and founder of Applied Kinesiology in the 1970’s. John Diamond, an Australian psychiatrist introduced verbal affirmations to go along with the tapping sequences. Since then, meridian tapping techniques continued to evolve during the 1980’s and beyond with Dr. Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy, Gary Craig’s Emotional Freedom Technique, and the Tapas Acupressure Technique developed by Ms. Tapas Fleming, a California Acupuncturist.

Basic How-To

The concept itself is quite simple. Using your first two fingers, firmly tap on the recommended energy meridian endpoints in a sequence. You start with the side of your hand or the “karate chop” point. Then you continue with the top of head, inner eyebrows, outside corners of the eyes, under the eyes, under the nose, above the chin, then the collarbone, under the arms and finally inside the wrists.

You can tap these points when you are experiencing stress and negative emotions or you can tap proactively in order to work on specific emotional issues. For example, if you have anger or resentment from the past, you can release it by combining a verbal statement or affirmation while tapping the sequence of points. You might say something like, “Even though I am angry and resentful about (fill in the blank), I love and accept myself.” You can repeat this several times until you notice a change in your energy and mood. This is just a general how-to for tapping to get you started.

If you are interested in discovering more about the process there are a number of resources available. You can start by researching tapping therapy online where you’ll find practitioners, classes and YouTube demos. There are also some wonderful books available: The EFT Manual by Gary Craig, Emotional Freedom Technique For Dummies by Helena Fone, and The Tapping Cure by Roberta Temes.

Benefits and Use

We know that releasing stagnant chi or energy greatly benefits the body and mind. You will notice improvements in energy and stamina, sleep, mental clarity and overall health and well-being.

Tapping therapy can be used anytime and in a variety of situations. Some people tap just before going into a stressful meeting or taking an exam. Many actors and performers use tapping to help them combat stage fright. Others find it helpful for preventing angry outbursts and other negative behaviors. Anecdotal evidence has shown that tapping can even aid in dieting, smoking cessation and combating addictive behaviors. You can even use it to improve your self esteem!

Tapping therapy is an easy and effective method for releasing negative energy and it’s literally at your fingertips! Try it today and see how it can change your life for the better.