What Is Tapping Therapy? – A Quick Guide to Start in 5 Minutes

What Is Tapping Therapy? – A Quick Guide to Start in 5 Minutes

tapping therapyTapping therapy is a wonderful tool. I discovered it a few years ago, and I was immediately struck by its effectiveness.

It is a very simple technique –it even seems even a little silly at first– that we can use to solve any problem that we have. And it has three major advantages: it is very easy, you can do it yourself and it works great.

I have tried many therapies –acupuntura, Reiki, Reconnective Healing, Bach flowers… –, and I have practiced professionally many of them, but I have to say that tapping therapy is now the one that I find most interesting and effective.

The purpose of this article is to explain simply what is tapping therapy so that you can learn it easily and start practicing it by yourself in a very short time.

How Does Tapping Therapy Work?

Tapping therapy is based on the premise that all problems, independently of their kind – physical, economical, emotional, etc. –, are caused by an energy imbalance within the person that suffers them.

The aim of tapping is simply to remove this imbalance, and it achieves it by gently tapping some specific points of the body. Specifically, the tapping procedure consists in two simple steps:

  1. Formulate the problem with a simple and understandable phrase. For example, if you don’t have money, you can say: “I have no money”. Or if your back hurts, you can say: “my back hurts.”
  2. While pronouncing aloud the phrase that you have chosen, you have to tap with your fingertips a series of points of your body. I will tell you in a minute which are these points.

The purpose of tapping is to make the problem come to the surface, and then delete it. In this sense, uttering the phrase that describes the problem is what makes it come out, and then the taps eliminate it.

At first, this idea may seem a little a bit surprising, because it apparently contradicts positive thinking. Do not worry about it. Positive thinking and tapping are much closer that in seems, and they don’t contradict at all. But always remember that in a tapping session we don’t use positive affirmations. We express the problem so that it comes to the surface, and then we remove it.

Which Are the Tapping Points?

The tapping points coincide with some acupuncture points. They are the following ones:

0: The side of the hand between the base of the little finger and the wrist.

1: The top of the head.

2: The inner eyebrow end.

3: The side of the eye.

4: The bone beneath the eye.

5: Between the nose and the upper lip.

6: The depression between the chin and the lower lip.

7: The tip of the inner end of the clavicle.

8: About four fingers below the armpit.

9: The inner corner of the nail of the thumb.

10: The inner corner of the nail of the index finger.

11: The inner corner of the nail of the middle finger.

12: The inner corner of the nail of the little finger.

Tapping points from 1 to 7
Tapping points from 1 to 7
Tapping point 8
Tapping point 8

Tapping points: 0 and 9-12The points from 0 to 8 are the basic tapping points and are always used. On the other hand, the finger points (from 9 to 12) are optional. In principle, you don’t have to use them, but if you don’t get good results with the basic points, you can use them.

Do not worry too much about the accuracy of the points. Tapping the area near them is enough.

You only need to tap the points of one side of the body, but you can tap both sides if you want.

How Is a Tapping Session?

Before starting a tapping session, you must decide what problem you want to address and choose a set of phrases that describe exactly what you feel about it. This is very important. You have to choose natural, not stilted, language.

For example, if your problem is that you don’t have a job, you can choose phrases like: “I don’t have a job “, “I will never find one”, “the economic situation is very bad”, etc. Choose phrases that resonate with you, and you claim are part of the problem. It can be only one, or more than one.

Then, for each phrase that you have chosen, you have to do a round of tapping, which consists of the following steps:

  1. First, you make a preparation phase, consisting of continuously tapping the point 0 while saying the following phrase: “Even though ________, I deeply and completely accept myself”, filling the empty space with the statement of the problem that you have chosen. For example: “Even though my arm hurts, I deeply and completely accept myself”.
  2. From here on, you only have to use the problem statement (“My arm hurts” “I’m afraid of heights”, etc.). While pronouncing the phrase aloud, gently tap the point 1 with the tips of the index finger and the middle finger. It doesn’t matter the number of strokes and the speed. Just tap while saying the phrase at a pace with which you feel comfortable.
  3. Repeat the step 2 with the points from 2 to 8, saying the phrase each time.
  4. That’s it.

For example, imagine that you want to treat a headache, and that you choose the phrase: “I have a headache”. In this case, you would first tap point 0 while saying “Even though I have a headache, I deeply and completely accept myself “. And then you would tap points 1 to 8 saying “I have a headache” every time.

From here, you can make as many rounds with different phrases as you like.

How Many Tapping Sessions Do We Need to Solve a Problem?

This is a very common question when we start using a new technique to try solve a problem: how long will it take?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to make an accurate prediction. Each problem and each person is different, and each case takes a different amount of time.

The good thing is that it is so easy that it takes almost no effort to try it. You just have to do a few rounds and you will soon see whether it works for you or not.

Well, now you have everything you need to start practicing tapping. At first, it doesn’t seem very powerful, I know, but it’s worth a try before discarding it. It’s very easy, and the potential benefit is very large. And if you have any questions, you just have to ask me. I hope it helps you!

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