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6-Step Tapping

Updated: May 13

6-Step Tapping

The 6-Step Tapping Protocol is a technique that combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine (such as acupuncture) with modern psychology. It is used to help alleviate emotional distress, reduce anxiety, and address a variety of issues.

Tip: Ensure you are adequately hydrated. Dehydration can slow or stall the process. 

Identify the issue: Think about the specific issue or problem you want to address. This could be a negative emotion, a physical sensation, a belief, a memory, or a specific event. Tune in to the problem. Make sure you feel it in your body. 

Rate the intensity: On a scale from 0 to 10 with 0 being none and 10 being extreme, rate the intensity of the issue you are experiencing. This will help you track your progress as you go through the tapping process.

Name the problem out loud: such as “this stress about work” or you can shorten it to just a single word “stress”. 

Think of a place: real or imagined, that makes you feel calm and peaceful.

Tapping sequence: Tap on specific acupressure points on the body while repeating the word or statement. 

  1. TH: center of the top of the head

  2. EB: between the eyebrows

  3. SE: side of the eye

  4. UE: under the eye

  5. CB: collar bone where it meets the sternum

  6. Squeeze the wrist with the thumb on the pulse point. Take a deep breath and say “Peace” as you think of your calm place and let your body relax.

Check in: After completing a round of tapping, tune in to the feeling of the problem again. Notice any shifts in your emotional state or physical sensations and give it a new number. Continue until it reaches zero! Don’t stop too soon. 

Repeat as needed: If the intensity of the issue has decreased but is still present, continue tapping, changing the word or statement to reflect any new feelings that come up, until you feel a sense of relief or resolution.

If the progress is very slow, drink a glass of water, wait 10 minutes and do it again in another room or location. 

It's important to note that while many people find tapping to be effective in reducing emotional distress, it may not work for everyone, and it is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment. If you are dealing with significant emotional or psychological issues, it's best to seek support from a qualified mental health professional.

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