There are many different tapping techniques for anxiety and other conditions - feelings, problems, trauma. One of the most popular methods is called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).
It's a technique developed from acupuncture, but instead of using needles to stimulate the acupuncture points, you tap lightly with your fingers on the points.
The theory behind it is that you balance your body's energy, through tapping on the points, while focusing on the particular problem or emotion or event that you want to defuse or balance.
Does it work?
I've used tapping myself for many years, for myself and for others. But don't just take my word for it.
Read Kat Dawkins' story about how tapping for anxiety works for her:
Tapping for anxiety
The first time I encountered tapping, I was at my therapist’s office in the spring of 2011. I’m usually one of those pessimists that think that alternative techniques to mental health will never work.
And I didn’t believe in tapping for a while.
However, I’m here to tell you today that although I have only been tapping regularly for the last few months, I can see a big difference in the way I feel after I do it.
Tapping to deal with feelings sounds weird, but don't judge it until you try it for yourself!
I know you’re skeptical. I was even skeptical when my mom started taking EFT classes, because she’s taken to a host of weird subjects. However, the more I experienced it within therapy, the more convinced I am of its power.
The great thing about EFT is that it doesn’t require any sort of equipment, and you can do it anywhere. For instance, I have done it at work, at my parents’ house during parties, and other public places. No one has to see you tapping under the table.
I use tapping primarily for anxiety, but it can be used for a host of emotions. One of the great parts of EFT is that you also utilize positive reinforcement/positive thoughts while engaging in the tapping technique.
My therapist taught me to use phrases like “Even though I am anxious, I totally and completely accept myself.” You can create your own reinforcement that works for you.
Read her full article here.
For more about using EFT for anxiety, read this overview! You can also learn how to do it yourself... just follow along with the video.