What is Tapping (and why is it so popular)?

Much like acupuncture and acupressure, tapping is a technique that achieves healing through stimulating the body’s meridians and energy flow. However, unlike Tapping, acupuncture involves putting needles in your body! A technique without needles is one of the greatest advantages of Tapping.

Also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Meridian Tapping Technique (MTT), and founded in the principles of both ancient acupressure and modern psychology, tapping concentrates on specific meridian endpoints while focusing on negative emotions or physical sensations. Combined with spoken word, tapping helps calm the nervous system to restore the balance of energy in the body and rewire the brain to respond in healthy ways.

Essentially, the practice of EFT is done by tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points, while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions. Because EFT simultaneously accesses stress on physical and emotional levels, EFT gives offers the best of both worlds, body and mind, like getting a massage during a psychotherapy session.

Meridian Tapping Techniques

Meridian Tapping Techniques uses specific points on your body that are known as “acupressure” points; they are the same points used in acupuncture. But with MTT, simply tapping on these points, using your own fingers, can stimulate your body’s energy system and release negative energy.

Advocates of tapping claim a variety of benefits from the technique:

  • Reduce or eliminate chronic pain, including back pain and migraines
  • Reduce or eliminate Fibromyalgia
  • Reduce or eliminate stress, anxiety, and panic attacks
  • Reduce or eliminate insomnia
  • Reduce or eliminate fears and phobias (claustrophobia, agoraphobia, social phobia, fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of public speaking, fear of the dark)
  • Increase the rate of healing injuries
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve weight loss
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Improve eye sight
  • Improve overall health and well-being

Needless to say, there is plenty of skepticism surrounding the technique of tapping as a healing therapy, just as many in the West continue to doubt the efficacy of acupuncture and acupressure.

While more research is needed, there is scientific evidence that EFT tapping can have benefits. As always, while it makes sense to be skeptical of any treatment that claims to resolve such a large menu of symptoms, if you try a non-invasive technique that works for you, feel free to continue.

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