Tapping On The Go – A quick Tapping Technique for Stress Relief On The Go
First let me explain what tapping is, just in case you are new to the technique called tapping and have just happened to land on this article. Tapping is where we tap certain points on our head, face, body and fingers to bring relief from all levels of stress, negative thought patterns, or physical pain. While the Chinese originally came up with this idea
thousands of years ago (acupressure), the more modern form was created by Roger Callahan in the 1980’s.
Tapping involves the rapid but gentle tapping motion.
Tapping sends little pulses of vibration up through our energy pathways, also called meridians. We have 14 of these meridians, with twelves of the fourteen being on both sides of the body. While tapping we generally think of something that we would like to think or feel, or an image or colour that we associate with a positive feeling. An example would be: ‘I truly am calm’, ‘I truly am at peace’ or ‘I truly am confident.’
The Theory Behind The Practice
If you are like me, you are a busy person who is constantly on the go. As Tapping (EFT or Two Meridian Tapping) normally involves tapping points on the body, etc., it is not something one can do on a train, bus or plane without drawing the attention of others. I know, I have tried! While I can stand up in front of hundreds of people and give talks, at a personal level I am too self-conscious to be sitting in a public place tapping points all over my body – something I can truly work on. So, instead of doing the normal tapping or Two Meridian Tapping, I do what I call a quick tap procedure where I only tap points on my hands. I call this ‘Tapping On The Go’. I use it as a stop gap, a way to tap while I am literally and physically on the go. It keeps me sane and quite relaxed through the day. It helps to keep me focused, relaxed and more able to manage the stresses that come my way.
Tapping on The Go Can Be Used The Same Way As Two Meridian Tapping or any other form of Tapping
As with the Two Meridian Tapping protocol, mentally focus on the positive outcome you want for yourself and others as you tap. Your phrase could literally be; ‘I truly am confident’. Perhaps it is ‘I truly wish love and light on ….’ This works for me when there is a situation or a person that is triggering a negative thought pattern in me. I also like to use ‘I truly am confident and competent in all I do, think and say.’ Sometimes I also like to focus on a calming colour. To get the right colour for the given situation, I will first imagine what colour the stress is producing in me (could be black, grey, red, or any colour really. Then I ask myself what colour would over power and transform this feeling/situation? Whatever colour comes to me, I tap, saying; ‘I truly am green (or any colour) flowing energy.’
When I get home, I can reflect on the situation a little more and do some Two Meridian Tapping to find deeper resolution. But don’t under estimate the power of this finger protocol either. Because you are tapping while you are literally feeling the stressor, you will find vibrations rebalancing and quite quickly. I also call this type of tapping, emergency tapping, as I use it in an emergency. It is simple and easy to use and once you get the hang of it, you can do it any time, any place, anywhere.
Tapping On The Go – My Personal Use
As a school teacher, the first day back after the summer always brings butterflies to my stomach. This is a good time for using Tapping On The Go. I also tap about this the night before allowing me to sleep well. But quite often the butterflies can return just as the school door is about to open. I put my hands behind my back or by my side and gently tap the points on my fingers. Let me show you how I do it.
Tapping On The Go – The Technique
For this technique the tapping is generally done with the thumb, but for the first step, it it the thumb we want to tap, so we use the middle finger to tap the thumb. I use the thumb and middle fingers of the same hand to tap the points on that hand. Quite often I will tap the same points on both hands at the same time. This is quicker and I find more effective. But I am only going to show you how to tap one hand here.
Step 1) Tapping The Inside of the Thumb
The first point I tap is on the inside of the thumb at the bed of the nail.
This is the end of the Lung Meridian. This can be a difficult point to tap.
I use my middle finger to tap the thumb point.
Step 2) Tapping the Side of the Index Finger
Next tap the side of the index finger around the base of the nail on the side that is closest to the thumb. Tap this point with the thumb. This is the beginning of the Large Intestine Meridian. I tend to also have the other side of the finer resting on the other fingers for support of the finger and also it allows the vibration from the tapping to resonate even further.
Step 3) Tapping the top of the Middle Finger
Tapping with the thumb on the tip of the middle finger, more so to the side closest to the thumb. This is the end point on the Circulation/Sex meridian.
Step 4) Tapping the side of the ring finger
It is interesting to note that the meridian point on the ring finger is on the far side of the finger, away from the thumb, which can be hard to reach with the thumb. However, from practice, I have found that if you place the little finger against the actual point and tap on the opposite side, as you tap with the thumb, the little finger gently taps the actual point. This is the beginning of the Triple Warmer Meridian
Step 5) Tapping the thumb side tip of the little finger.
There are actually two point on the little finger, one on either side of the nail bed. The heart and small intestine meridians. I tend to tap the top of the finger, knowing that the little pulses of vibration from the tapping technique will resonate up into both meridians. Here we are tapping the end of the heart meridian. A key point when stressed. I find that tapping this point helps calm the heart and nourish it.
Step 6) Tapping the Karate Chop point
This point is traditionally associated with psychological reversal in the Tapping World, where we say one thing but subconsciously believe the opposite. It could be said, the subconscious seems to be going against our best wishes. Tapping this point helps us to get all our thoughts on the same wave length. Tapping this area covers Small Intestine meridian which will aid our processing of foods as well as events, thoughts and emotions.
A Little Bit Of Useful Information
Sometimes when I am particularly stressed I will pinch the tops of all my fingers at either side of the base of the nail bed. This exercise also seems also seems to be quite effective in reducing stress.
Tapping on the Go is Simple and Easy to Remember
I had feedback, recently, from a client who works in an office environment. He used this ‘Tapping on the Go’ protocol to help him stay calm when put on the spot at the high-powered meeting. He was asked by his manager to give a talk on a new product that as yet, had not been decided on. While his team had briefly engaged in theoretical discussions round the potential viability of this product, it had never been run past higher management, or been tested practically. He brought both hands under the table and tapped on the phrase; ‘I truly remain calm and confident’ in his head. He also took few deep breaths. Immediately he felt the anxiety calm in his body.
After Using Tapping On The Go …
His heart stopped trying to burst out of his chest cavity and his stomach calmed. He decided to be confidently honest and say that the product was still at discussion stage with his team. Nearly instantly, the stress left him. More importantly that answer was perfectly acceptable to the table of top international managers sitting in front of him. He reflected how it was him who had blown it all out of proportion in his own head.
He was very impressed with how quickly the finger point tapping had helped to calm him, along with his “I truly …’ positive and present tense statement.
Tapping On The Go Can Work For You
Why not try Tapping On The Go for yourself and let me know how you get on with it at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you would like to learn the technique from the creator, you may wish to book a face to face or online consultation with me – Consultation