Tapping: the new way to deal with stress and anxiety?

Nick Ortner has popularized the practice of tapping, a do-anywhere healing method for stress to phobias and pain. We asked the new author just how it works.
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Got big worries? Try tapping. (Photo: rachymarie.tumblr.com)


Nick Ortner is the new author of the The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress Free Living. It’s a progressive healing method that’s he’s been an evangelist for and has popularized with his World Tapping Summit and talks. You may have also caught his film about tapping last year, or heard about Ortner’s work from wellness gurus like Kris Carr, Christiane Northrup, M.D., and Mark Hyman, M.D., all of whom say we should get over our skepticism and give tapping a try.

Tapping famously takes just a few minutes to learn and you can do it anywhere, says Ortner, whom we spoke with while he was in New York for his book launch and talk. He shared that tapping is helpful for stress, anxiety, and lots of other physical and emotional issues. But can it cure us of our skepticism? Read on…

Tapping Solution book by Nick Ortner

If you haven’t heard of Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), you might think it’s weird. And if you have, you might want to how works and if it actually does? Can you break this down for us, please?
We call it tapping because we’re literally tapping on endpoints of meridians on our body, while focusing on what’s stressing us out or challenging us. It’s a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Latest research is showing that when we tap on these endpoints on the meridians, while focusing on the stressors in our lives, it sends a calming effect to the fight/flight part of our brain—the amygdala. So we’re retraining the brain to react differently to that stimulus of whatever is bothering us.

Is this for stress? Who can benefit from tapping?
Everyone can benefit from tapping because we all have some form of stress in our lives. Someone with a phobia like fear of heights or flying can also have very powerful results because this is a technique that affects us within a couple minutes. Most doctors and people who are treating patients, don’t know what to do about stress, and this is a simple solution for those struggling. Any moment you’re feeling overwhelmed or panicked, you can do the tapping right then and there for instant relief. You can feel it in your body very quickly, which is nice because you don’t have to wait for gradual effects (like meditation). So while tapping on each meridian, you would say, “Even though I’m feeling anxious about the future, I love and accept myself.”

We’ve heard tapping is used for physical pain and even something like weight loss—how does that work?
Physical pain can go away in minutes. If you’re targeting something more obtuse like weight loss, tapping on the limiting beliefs around your weight is helpful at getting to the root of the weight, so that it can release. You might find that you’ve been holding onto a belief that goes something like “I’ll get more attention if I weighed less” and you’ve unconsciously not been wanting more attention, so you’ve held onto the weight.

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“When we tap on these endpoints on the meridians, while focusing on the stressors in our lives, it sends a calming effect to the fight/flight part of our brain,” says Ortner.

Interesting. So is tapping more of a crisis management tool or how often do you tap?
Tapping is a continual process. In the morning when we wake or before we go to sleep is a great time to integrate it in order to prevent or release stress. The more we do it, the more results we get. So if we have a big obstacle in front of us like weight or a more serious issue, it’s best to do it 30-45 minutes daily. If there’s a moment you’re feeling discomfort, like getting on the plane, or feeling very anxious, do it in that moment.

We understand that you live in Newtown, Connecticut, and been involved in the healing process there. Can you tell us a bit about what you’ve been doing for the community and how tapping is helping?
Yes, I live in Newtown, and tapping is particularly useful for trauma and stress relief, so my brother, sister and I started The Tapping Solution for Newtown: Stress and Trauma Relief Project. With the help of Dr. Lori Leyden, and over 40 volunteers, we have been working on the ground in Newtown with parents who lost their children, and the community at large, helping to facilitate the healing. I’m donating 100 percent of my royalties on the first 10,000 copies of my book to the work being done in Newtown. —Jennifer Kass

For more information, visit www.thetappingsolution.com

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