What is tapping and how can it help your clients?
In my recent emails, I talked about some of the Limbic Coaching components, muscle response testing, rapid eye movements, and Solution-Focused approach. Another ingredient that contributes to the effectiveness of Limbic Coaching is tapping. There are multiple tapping methods out there: The best known is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), which originates from TFT (Thought Field Therapy), and others, such as PEP (Process and Embodiment oriented Psychology) in Germany. The common premise behind all of them is that when tapping specific points on their body while thinking of something stressful, the client’s perceived level of stress can be drastically reduced.
The various tapping methods each have slightly different protocols, but the overall concept is the same: You think of the issue or situation that is causing you stress in this moment and then you tap specific points on your body while continue thinking of, and sometimes verbally expressing, it. PEP’s founder Michael Bohne always says it doesn’t really matter where you tap, as long as you tap when you feel strong and therefore stressful emotions. The tapping gives the body the possibility to send some calming messages to the brain through tactile stimulation while you are thinking of what is so stressful.
The effectiveness of tapping comes down to the following:
- The client is really focused on some strong emotion or confronts himself
with some difficult situation.
- The stimulation and sense of touch helps releasing the attachment to the
- Verbalizing the stressful emotion and including a self-accepting phrase
“puts it out there” and allows release.
Limbic Coaching is focused on bilateral brain hemisphere stimulation. The guided eye movements accomplish that and I also discovered that tapping in alternation on both sides of the body, where appropriate, makes the method even more effective than tapping on just one side of the body as most methods are designed to do.
Limbic Coaching’s tapping is not limited to only those points that are possible to tap bilaterally though. For example, one of Limbic Coaching’s tapping protocols includes 4 points that are extremely powerful, the midline points that Fred Gallo called NAEM (Negative Affect Erasing Method) and which include the 3rd eye, under the nose, on the chin and on the thalamus gland and can’t be tapped bilaterally. However, tapping all other points on the face, the torso and even on the fingers bilaterally increases their effectiveness.
One of its great advantages is that tapping not only facilitates faster emotional resolution during coaching sessions and the realization for the client that there is something that helps them calm down more easily, but the client can actually learn to use the method when on their own. It allows the client to manage their emotions effectively in their day-to-day and achieve independence from their coach.
We always have our body with us, so whenever clients feel stress, blocks or unpleasant emotions they can immediately and effectively address them with tapping. There are even ways of doing it in a subtle, hidden way that they can do it when around others without feeling self-conscious about it.
Limbic Coaching tapping is an amalgam of the most effective tapping points from different methods. E.g., I always have the clients tap with 5 fingers since it turns out that stimulating the tips of the fingers is extremely effective and ̶ where possible ̶ use alternating bilateral tapping. Another difference of Limbic Coaching tapping to other methods is that we apply the muscle response test according to its protocol to identify if there is anything else connected to the client's issue that the tapping should be directed at.
There are certain points that work better for some emotions and you will both learn the different protocols in my training and receive detailed descriptions. However, as mentioned earlier, for the client to tap any point on the body is very helpful in a stressful situation.
I keep being impressed how well tapping works. Why not try it for yourself next time you have a strong emotion coming up? You can start with the 4 NAEM points (the 3rd eye, under the nose, on the chin and on the thalamus gland):
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