Two years ago, I sat in a therapist’s office desperate for help with my massive anxiety issue. We worked together on choosing some of the most pressing matters to deal with first.
One overwhelming issue in my life was my son’s recent diagnosis of epilepsy and my concern about the medication being prescribed for it. The therapist offered an interesting technique known as tapping, or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). She led me through tapping on various points of my body and I repeated her words related to my fears.
It was truly amazing. I left her office feeling an incredible sense of relief determined to learn more about this new therapy. Later that night, I registered for an online conference, the 2013 Tapping World Summit.
I listened to all of the speakers, each helping me tremendously. I even bought a package with all of the sessions and corresponding workbooks.
Sadly, as I so often do in my self-sabotaging moments, I quit using EFT and soon after, dumped my therapist…
Months later the same guy who started the Tapping World Summits, Nick Ortner, came out with a book. I bought The Tapping Solution immediately, even preordering it.
Upon arrival, it went from my mailbox to my giant to be read pile, where it sat until last week. In an effort to read through part of that constantly growing pile this year, I decided to finally pick it up. I’m beyond thrilled I did.
Check out the number of dog-eared pages (sorry, I couldn’t resist including my little sweater wearing puppy):
I have never turned over that many pages in any book. Almost every corner is folded.
Nick describes EFT as “a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.” He starts out with the history of tapping and shares some scientific basis I found pretty interesting.
The book then goes into all the different areas tapping could help. Some of my favorite chapters are:
- Relieving Anxiety, Feelings of Being Overwhelmed, and Stress — it’s actually serving both my anxiety and depression
- Overcoming Your Resistance to Change — this is greatly assisting me with those self-sabotaging behaviors I shared earlier.
- Tapping Through Your Past — very helpful with my daddy issues and the continued work on forgiving my mother
- Losing Weight and Letting Go of Fear, Guilt, and Shame Around Food — desperately needed thanks to my monstrous food addiction
- Creating Love and Healthy Relationships — helping not only with current relationships, but also with heartbreaks of the past
Believe it or not, there are many more topics including making money, eliminating phobias, and releasing physical pain. I found something applicable to my life in every chapter. I have a lot of issues…
The book has links to extended EFT scripts from each chapter and free audio tapping sessions. You can also get the first 2 chapters and a stress relief audio I’m now using daily on Nick’s website, TheTappingSolution.com. Both are free on the main page by entering your email address. I’m assuming it signs you up for his mailing list.
You can learn more about how and where to tap, along with a basic anxiety sequence here.
I’m not an affiliate for this company and this is not a paid review. I just really wanted to share this exciting therapy with you. I also plan to read Nick’s sister, Jessica Ortner’s book, The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence, which happens to be already purchased and waiting in my frighteningly large to be read pile.
If you would like to purchase either book, they can be found here:
Please note: I’m not a medical professional. This is just my story and experience with tapping.
If you have time today, check out the rest of my to be read pile for 2015: