How Hard Should You Tap? Can You be Injured from Tapping?

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How hard should you tap? Can you be injured from tapping?

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping project These are perfectly legitimate questions that newcomers to tapping often struggle with.

You use tapping action to stimulate the acupressure points located in an area. That helps to dislodge energy blockages, which in turn clears negative emotions.

As you tap, you should feel a little bit of bounce back from your skin. With tapping, more force does not necessarily mean more benefit. The idea is to feel the stimulation of the tapping points. This stimulation can be felt through a buzzing sensation or an increased blood flow in that area.

As you stimulate these points, your feelings will start to change too. You will start to feel calmer about whatever it is that you are tapping about.

The tapping points can be stimulated through tapping, but they can be stimulated just as well through touch or merely thought. Simply touching each tapping point for 5-10 seconds while focusing on your worry works too.

With continued tapping, the tapping points become stimulated enough so that just thinking about a tapping point can stimulate it. This is the basis for mental tapping, a way of tapping where you think about your problem and imagine tapping on the tapping points. Once your become comfortable with mental tapping, you could use it anytime during the day – at work, in the car, while talking to someone. With mental tapping, you get instant relief from whatever stresses you in the moment, without the fear of looking weird.

You should never be feeling sore from tapping. If you are, then you need to cut back on the pressure and impact of your fingers.

You will get maximum tapping force while using your index and middle fingers bunched. Remember to use your fingertips for tapping, and not the ends of the nails. This is to avoid soreness. A gentler approach is to use the pads of the fingers rather than the fingertips.

To tap very gently, such as on children or on delicate skin, use your middle finger. The little finger or pinky works great when you want to stimulate your tapping points by only touching and not tapping.

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4 Responses to How Hard Should You Tap? Can You be Injured from Tapping?

  1. Jess at 5:52 pm #

    This is exaxtly what I needed to know, thank you :)

  2. Chris at 8:15 am #

    Hi Sonal,

    I know that some people yawn or have a buzzing sensation when the tapping is working, among other things. But for me, when EFT is working, my whole body starts tensing up and shaking violently. I can feel pressure in my ears (the kind where you put outward pressure inside your ears and it sounds like you have have seashells to your ears), and my muscles get sore from tensing up so tightly. It’s an involuntary response, I’m not purposely tensing up like that. The EFT DOES work for me, I feel very calm after doing a session, but I’m afraid I’m going to injure myself. I’ve come close to pulling a muscle on numerous occasions, and I’m afraid I might damage my eardrums. Have you heard of this reaction before?

    • Sonal Pandey at 11:24 pm #

      Hi Chris, while the symptoms you describe could be attributed to a heightened anxiety response “during” Tapping, my gut feeling tells me that Tapping might be activating your natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. You can learn more about it here:

      Also, please exercise caution. It is my duty to remind you to stop using the technique if it doesn’t feel comfortable. Mental peace doesn’t have to necessarily come at the cost of physical well being. :)

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