How to use the Tapping technique for Stress Relief

Throughout my tough times in 2012, when I experienced a significant degree of stress, I would confer from time to time with my friend Allison. During the months that my career and health were in decline, Allison clarified that on occasions when adversity seemed prolonged, it was due to the blockages in the body’s ‘energy’.

Having spent over 15 years training, practising and researching at the highest levels of Western medicine, I had never heard ANYTHING about a body’s energy system.

As you can imagine, I was quite sceptical about the existence of a body’s energy system. In fact, I have been a total sceptic of any form of alternative medicine—whether it is naturopathy, homeopathy, natural herbs, holistic medicine, “spiritual healing”, or anything else I had not encountered in medical training.

However, Allison did not represent my typical idea of alternative medicine. I trusted her completely and was curious to learn more about her theory.

Allison explained how disruptions in the energy system can lead to emotional imbalances, stress, and disease. She also said she could fix it, if I wanted her to, as she had done for many people in the past. She instructed me on a technique called “tapping”, which required me to tap on various points on my face and body whilst repeating positive affirmations.

Again, this seemed quite weird and something else that I had never heard about, so my scepticism remained. But the pain of my current situation was much stronger than my scepticism, and so once again, I placed my trust in Allison.

After about four sessions of tapping with Allison, I was a completely changed man. My outlook was brighter and I felt much more confident and happier. Even my body started to recover from my condition and I began live and feel healthier.

What was all this tapping stuff? And how can it transform an anxious, physically-ill person into a revitalized and energetic individual in just a few sessions?

I had to learn more and spent the next three months on a hunt for knowledge and more proof. I bought books and surfed the internet on human energy, energy medicine, Chinese medicine, healing, yoga, meditation, “new age” genres, religious healings, genetics, emotional basis of disease and much more. I dug up clinical research on Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), Reiki, Acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, Healing Touch and other similar modalities.

I reached out and interviewed to as many experts, gurus, doctors, quantum physicists, healers, psychologists and thought leaders in the space and what their findings were. At the same time, I kept referring Allison to everyone I knew, and she was solving their individuals issues one by one, using the same tapping methods she used on me.

Eventually I had seen, heard, read and experienced enough to convince myself that tapping worked. And so, what I’ve done here is include a quick three-minute tapping sequence that you can try to help you reduce your stress at home or at work.

Find a quiet space, perhaps a private office or even the bathroom. Start with a few deep breaths.

  1. Using the fingertips of your index finger and middle finger start by tapping on your forehead, an inch above and between eyebrows. For each point, tap at least seven times. While you are tapping, repeat to yourself out loud or in your mind, “Even though I am stressed, I deeply love and accept myself.”
  2. Next, tap on the outside corners of each eye with both hands. Keep repeating the words, “Even though I am feeling this stress and anxiety, I deeply love and accept myself.”
  3. Then tap just under the nose, repeating the above.
  4. Tap just under your lower lip, repeat, “Even though I am too frustrated, I choose to love and accept myself.”
  5. Tap one inch below your collarbone corners, just below your neck.
  6. Next, tap under your arms, about four inches below your armpits and repeat, “I am free of stress.”
  7. Finally, tap the fleshy part of either hand, beneath your pinkie finger (karate chop point).

You may repeat the seven-step cycle a few times with affirmations such as “I choose to feel more calm; it’s safe to feel calm; even though I have learnt some unwanted behaviours by feeling stressed, I deeply love and accept myself.”

When you have finished, take 3 deep breaths again.  Now you are more relaxed!

(Note this sequence can help many people with a relieving stress, however, if there are more serious underlying issues such as long term depression, a chronic medical condition or deep seated emotional trauma it is less likely to produce effects – those issues should be handled in coordination with a healthcare professional).

Did this tapping routine help you in any way?

How to Lower Stress without Drugs – 5 Tips for Home and Work

A week ago, I hosted a webinar with one of our top Energesse practitioners, Elaine Bartlett on the topic of How to Lower Stress without Drugs . This is a topic that’s close to my heart for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it was through a stressful period of my life in 2012, when I was a CEO of two companies, that I encountered a few months of high stress levels. Having been a doctor and senior executive in the pharmaceutical industry for several years, I was naturally used to using medications to treat any symptoms I may be experiencing.

However, stress is one of those things where we don’t really have any good medications for. In fact, in my opinion, the best solutions for most people actually do not involve drugs at all, as I have found. There are great solutions which are actually quite natural and better address the underlying cause of the stress.

Stress is often by us behaving in conflict with our values and beliefs. You don’t often hear this as a medical diagnosis for your stress. You are more likely to have your ‘situation’ described e.g. ‘patient hates job and has argument with boss’, or ‘patient is married with three kids has had recent fight with husband’ or ‘ patient was in accident and now feeling stressed as unable to cope at home’.

The situational aspect of stress is actually the superficial part. The deeper cause is what really needs to be tackled.

So for example, in the situation where the patient i.e. you, hates your job, the underlying conflict in values may be where you feel you are being overworked but yet severely underpaid. In a prolonged period of that internal conflict, you are likely to become very stressed.

As you keep the pressure of the situation to yourself, and do not have a good coping mechanism to deal with stress, eventually the inevitable explosive situation erupts, the conflict within you materials into a conflict in your external world. And you MAY end up seeing your doctor for it.

And so, in order to prevent such situations, all you need is a bit of information around to how to manage stress naturally and this is why we held the Masterclass with Elaine. Elaine has proposed 5 ways in which you can lower your stress levels, which will cost you nothing! Also you don’t need to get on any medications either.

In this interactive webinar, Elaine generally proposes the following strategies which can you can apply immediately:

  1. Understanding the Lion and the Gazelle reactions
  2. The 10 Breaths technique
  3. Conscious Relaxation Technique
  4. Balance your Energy Body
  5. Mind your Mind

You can watch this highly valuable webinar with Elaine here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzWGYFGJf30

So have you experienced a stressful episode at home or work recently?