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Tapping is a self-help tool that combines aspects of acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), energy medicine and thought field therapy.

It was originally developed by Gary Craig in the late 1990s and is called Emotional Freedom Techniques. It is commonly known as EFT, Tapping or Psychological Acupressure.

Tapping works by releasing energy blocks associated with emotional discomfort or emotional intensity. These emotions have shaped your beliefs, mood, behaviour patterns, ability to cope in certain situations.

They may have even limited your life and contributed to poor self-confidence, low self-esteem, low mood and feeling unable to move forward in life. By removing these limiting factors, you evolve your life and flourish with positivity and potential.


What are the benefits of Tapping?

Tapping essentially wipes the slate clean on learnt responses and negative emotions associated with particular circumstances. Then you can re-configure how you respond, think, feel and behave.

One of the major benefits is that you can quickly apply this affirmation technique to help calm yourself as soon as you feel your emotional state intensifying.

It’s safe, non-invasive, easy to learn and easy to apply and it’s a technique that could change your life in many ways. Tapping acts as a go-to tool for times of pain, cravings, obsessive behaviour, addictive tendencies and headaches. It also works with phobias as it helps to dissipate the fear, anxiety, control and worry that underpins them.

Moreover, it can help with life’s positives! Attracting good relationships, embracing the next step at work and in your personal life, help you achieve your goals, and manifest new opportunities to live your life to the full.


What does a typical Tapping appointment look like?

It is beneficial to start with one-to-one sessions, rather than a group class, so that a practitioner can help guide you through trauma and stressful emotions. They can also teach you the tapping techniques and sequences that are best suited to your set of issues and desired outcomes.

Tapping involves using fingertips to tap a sequence of acupressure points on various meridians found on the face, neck, head, hands and collarbone. This is done while also thinking about the particular problem, issue or stressful event.

The tapping changes the energy flow within the meridian, restoring energy balance, and releases or dampens down negative emotion.


How do I find a Tapping practitioner that suits me?

There is a level of opening up involved with Tapping, as you need to feel safe to explore past traumas and stressful events. It’s therefore important to have some introductory talks with a few practitioners and then select the one that you feel the most comfortable with.

You may want to choose a practitioner who specialises in a particular health niche – for example cravings, anxiety, phobias or addictions.

Ideally you also want to choose a practitioner who will help motivate you to really dig deep. They should act as a good sounding board to help you to formulate your next big (or little) life steps.