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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) incorporates elements of both exposure therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A key technique in EFT is called “tapping” and involves the somatic stimulation of pressure points located on the body. Simply, tapping these pressure points can help in times of anxiety and distress and can get us through uncomfortable emotions.

Tapping certain pressure points in the body works by syncing our physical sensations with our emotions. The benefits of tapping include a decrease in cortisol levels (stress hormones), a decrease in pain symptoms, and improved blood pressure and resting heart rate levels. Tapping has been shown to help decrease symptoms of PTSD as well as general anxiety and depression.

woman with pressure points on her body

To practice tapping, you use your fingertips to tap on certain points located on your head, upper torso, and hands. When experiencing or reflecting on a distressing event, you can tap on these points while expressing positive thoughts, affirmations, and feelings internally or out loud. Together these actions can help build new neural pathways and remind your nervous system that you are in the present and that you are safe. Tapping also helps regulate your nervous system to help you feel calmer.

The great thing about tapping is that you can use it on your own with no harmful side effects. You can also use tapping during therapy while processing trauma and sources of anxiety. You can tap while not in distress to remind your body that you are in the present.

We invite you to follow along with this instructional video that demonstrates how to use Tapping!

Written by Blakely May, Therapist Intern 


HealthyPlace Mental Health. (2017, August 29). How to use tapping to calm anxiety tutorial | HealthyPlace [Video]. YouTube. 

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