Acupoint Touch and Tapping
Ancient healing meets modern science
I've regularly seen in myself and others how holding or tapping key acupressure points can help to soothe and balance the embodied mind and so support calmer emotions, clearer thinking and wiser actions. If you want to dive into the science behind this ancient healing art, there's strong research which shows that acupoint-based interventions can effectively treat PTSD (trauma), anxiety, depression and much more.
Simple techniques, complex issues
Many psychological wellbeing practices have an elegant simplicity to them. Acupoint techniques are just the same i.e. you tune into what's distressing you as you gently work on a short sequence of acupressure points. Their locations are easy to learn, as shown by the fact that children usually find it easy and enjoyable to use these points. At the same time, the skilful application of any technique takes practice and I use my counselling experience, knowledge and skills to guide what balancing method I use and how I use it as we explore, and seek to gently unravel, some of the knots in your life.
'EFT is simple
but people are complex.'
I may suggest acupoint practices to bring more balance and soothing to your nervous system and to support calmer exploration of feelings. These gentle, calming methods may be indicated if either of us notice you're starting to struggle with distress linked to past or current experiences. Over time, we may clarify what approaches work best for you in different circumstances. For example, as you focus on what you're experiencing you could:
Talk or be silent
Tap your points or gently hold them
Just work on your points or combine with creative approaches e.g. Picture Tapping.
While I value acupoint touch and tapping methods:
There are many wonderful embodied ways to promote balance
I'm happy being, first and foremost, a Gestalt counsellor. If you want energy psychology methods as the primary intervention in every session, this is not what I offer and you may find it better to work with another therapist qualified in energy psychology.
Meet some Acupoints
Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a standardised and well researched approach to acupoint tapping. This image shows the locations of the EFT points Peta Stapleton uses in her stress reduction video below.
Touch and breathe
The above is all well and good, but as the saying goes, an ounce of practice is worth several tonnes of theory. This video by Michael Gach shows how to combine slow, deep breathing with gently holding a sequence of three relaxing acupressure points. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or fed up, holding each point for one or two minutes may bring balance and soothing. To check out more stress-relief practices by Michael, go to acupressure.com
Tap and talk
This video by Clinical and Health Psychologist Peta Stapleton takes you through a general EFT procedure to reduce stress. Two vital factors in EFT are to use your words and to focus on specific aspects of what's going on for you. So as you follow the video, be aware of the words you wish Peta would say if she was speaking directly to your condition. If you like being talked through the process, you may like Tap with Brad (Free) and The Tapping Solution (App).