Watch the following video to see a demo of how a group tapping session works.
The Benefits of Tapping in a Group
The subconscious mind is always "online" and ready to be triggered instantly for the purpose of protecting us.
Imagine you are across a crowded room when someone mentions the name of your ex, you instantly tune into their conversation don't you? It's not a conscious decision but it happens anyway. The same process is in operation within tapping group sessions, you will pick up whatever matters to you whether or not you are consciously aware of it.
Within a tapping group everyone comes carrying their own emotional baggage
In group tapping sessions I help the volunteer who is in the “hot seat” focus on the specific issue that they want to work on, find where they are feeling it in their bodies and ask them to give it an intensity number from 0 - 10 (0 = no emotional charge and 10 = a high emotional charge). I then ask everyone else to do the same, focusing on their own issues, body location and intensity number.
The good news with tapping is that we don't have to go in and slosh around in the painful traumatic story like in talk therapy, we simply have to find where we are feeling it in our bodies and focus on that while we tap. I've successfully worked with many people individually and in groups who I never even knew what their trauma actually was and yet they were able to get some powerful emotional & physical relief!
As they are tapping along everyone's subconscious takes them to a similar emotional spot in their own story regardless of what the volunteer's story is about. It’s amazing how much in common emotionally we all are. The story may be different but the emotions are very similar. The power of the shift seems to be more important than what the issue actually is. Even deeply rooted problems and issues can often be transformed relatively easily and seen in a new light with EFT Tapping.
Very often many, if not all of the members in the group, receive what we call Borrowing Benefits. Borrowing benefits simply means that watching someone else do EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) on their own issues, while tapping along with them can help you reduce the emotional intensity of your own issues. The reactions can be totally unrelated and yet the relief is there.
In addition to Borrowing Benefits, recent research (2020 by Dr Peta Stapleton) shows that one hour of group Tapping reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) by 43%. The therapy group reduced cortisol by 19% and the resting group (who read magazines)increased their cortisol by 2%!
Dr Stapleton’s research replicated a study done by Dawson Church PhD with one small difference, they did group EFT rather than individual.
In Dr Church's original 2012 study, they examined the changes in cortisol levels and psychological distress symptoms of 83 nonclinical subjects receiving a single hour-long intervention.
Subjects were randomly assigned to either an emotional freedom technique (EFT) group, a psychotherapy group receiving supportive interviews, or no treatment, they were reading magazines. Salivary cortisol analyzation was performed immediately before and 30 minutes after the intervention.
Psychological distress symptoms were assessed using the symptom assessment-45. The EFT group showed statistically significant improvements in anxiety, depression, the overall severity of symptoms, and symptom breadth. The EFT group also experienced a significant decrease in cortisol level (24%) compared with the decrease observed in the supportive interviews (14%) and the no treatment group (14%).
The decrease in cortisol levels in the EFT group mirrored the observed improvement in psychological distress, after using EFT with individuals, the cortisol levels reduced by 24%.
Some of our issues may be conscious but very often they are buried deeply in our subconscious so we are not even aware of what they really are, and more surprisingly we often have no idea that those specific beliefs are actually the ones that have been running our lives, holding us back and keeping us stuck from living our strongest lives, often for years.
The comment I most often get at the end of a group session is that they can't believe how connected everything and everyone really is!
Some of our issues may be conscious but very often they are buried deeply in our subconscious so we are not even aware of what they really are, and more surprisingly we often have no idea that those specific beliefs are actually the ones that have been running our lives, holding us back and keeping us stuck from living our strongest lives often for years.
The comment I most often get at the end of a group session is that they can't believe how connected everything and everyone really is!
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What Gwen’s Clients Are Saying...
For over a week I was really struggling with things at home, with my son, with me, so much anxiety. The heaviness was more than I could stand. After doing one (group) session, focusing on one area that was really becoming burdensome to my heart, and mind, I felt so different. It felt like all the tightness in my chest was gone, and I could breath again... I just felt an overall calm. I felt I truly released something I was holding onto. The next day was 100% different from the last two weeks.
Working w/ Gwen has been so effective that in a few months my income has increased 67%! We discovered that my father took a promotion (that gave him a raise) when I was very young and caused us to move away from our family to a new town where I didn’t know anyone and felt like an outcast. So every time I would attempt to make more money, I would sabotage my efforts to avoid having change like that occur again, which resulted in me constantly fighting against myself. Gwen is masterful in her tapping technique, getting to the root of the cause and removing those money blocks. I finally know what it means to really feel financially free.
Okay, are you ready for this — he brought a cobra, rattle snake, milk snake, baby anaconda and a yellow 6-foot python all my PREVIOUS fears. I never escalated; my family was amazed. I only slightly elevated when I allowed the Reptile Man to wrap the python around my neck for a family picture!!!! Thank you for freedom, Gwen!!! xoxo
The hard part about giving a testimonial after tapping with Gwen is – after my sessions I can hardly remember why I set the appointment or why I was so unhappy in the first place. After the session I am Healed. Done. I can barely tell you about it because it is really healed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically we use our dominant hand because it’s more comfortable. However, there are times when we can switch them up (use your left hand to tap if you are right handed) to get deeper results.
You can tap on either side or both as the energy meridians/ acupressure points are mirrored on both sides of the body.
Stop when you have successfully lowered the intensity of emotions around the issue you are working with. A good way to gauge it is to stop when the issue you are tapping about just seems silly or boring.
In my experience this is one of the most common fears. EFT works 99% of the time…if done correctly. Yet some people will try it once, throw up their hands and say, “Well, it just won’t work for me!” If that happens, it is rarely, if ever, any shortcoming of EFT. (see blog post The Top 5 mistakes people make regarding tapping)
EFT works whether you believe in it or not. My experience with EFT is that once people start getting results this creates belief in the process, and then this can positively impact the therapeutic process.
Then you start exactly where you are. For the set up statement you would say something like, “Even though I don’t know what to focus on and not knowing makes me feel anxious. I deeply and completely accept how I feel.”
Tapping is simpler than people often think. The trick is to keep it simple and focus on the feeling rather than the wording.
--state the problem in feeling words, “I have this fear of public speaking…..”
--listen to the “little voice” in your head and verbalize what it is saying.
--Imagine you are venting to a friend on the phone – simply verbalize whatever is on your mind.
--basically tell the truth of what you are really feeling about an issue.
--think of what you want or your goal and then ask yourself what’s the emotion that is stopping you from achieving it?
Yes. EFT is simple to use and can definitely be used as a self help tool, which people find useful to assist them in times of need or to speed up the process when working with a therapist or an EFT practitioner, by doing “homework” between sessions.
Yes, you can do it basically from anywhere you have internet access, which means geographic location ceases to be a problem.
EFT is considered a complementary therapy and as such does not replace seeking qualified medical advice where needed. There is no evidence to suggest that there is a problem with tapping while taking medication, if you have any doubts, please seek advice from your medical practitioner before tapping.
By comparison to almost any other process, EFT is gentle and rarely has any serious side effects. The biggest side effect that I’ve experienced for myself and my clients is feeling tired after a session. However, after a good night’s sleep, people often feel refreshed and revitalized.
Chronic pain has reached epidemic levels in America and a new approach to it’s treatment is urgently needed. Scientific research is increasingly finding that there is a strong emotional component to chronic pain conditions, which traditional treatment options do not address. EFT offers a highly effective solution to resolving deep-seated emotional issues and strengthening overall emotional health. This non-invasive technique works with the mind, body and nervous system simultaneously and provides an almost immediate reduction in pain. With consistent application EFT can bring long-term relief of physical pain and a less adverse response to stress.
There are no known negative side effects or risks of EFT Tapping. (However, sometimes people have negative feelings after doing EFT Tapping. See blog post Why People Sometimes Have Negative Feelings after Doing EFT Lindsay Kenny, EFT Master)
The most in-depth info to date to answer this question comes in the website The Science of Tapping www.scienceoftapping.org
No, although it may seem like it in the short term. These emotions are stuck in our bodies and the tapping is a way to release them, often permanently. Sometimes, when you clear one layer of emotion, however, another deeper layer that may seem more intense comes to the surface. You may have uncovered a new, deeper aspect of the original problem and that, ultimately, is a very positive thing, although it may feel a little uncomfortable initially. The trick is to KEEP TAPPING! The feelings you experience will often quickly subside and you will have done a very important piece of healing.
EFT works wonderfully for children and typically they love it. It can be gentle, quick and light hearted. You can teach very young children how to tap. They love having their own “magic buttons” on their bodies. It is also often helpful to let them tap on their favorite toy or stuffed animal and to simplify the set up statements to simple phrases like “I am cool”, “it’s ok” or “Mom loves me”, “I’m a good kid.” Instead of “I deeply and completely love and value myself and accept how I feel.” Tapping helps them to deal with everyday life events that, left untreated, can result in the distorted belief systems that many of us as adults are dealing with. (Brad Yates Tapping for Kids https://youtu.be/XtD7yv3JZ1M )
There is no need for you to talk about your problem if you do not want to. EFT is NOT talk therapy (see above). Talk therapy works with our conscious mind and EFT works with both our conscious and subconscious mind. As we tap on the acupressure points we are calming the amygdala, the fight, flight and freeze mechanism of the brain, which allows us to calm our nervous system.
Just begin where you are today and don’t worry about it. The chances are that memories will show up as you clear your issues in the here and now, but if they don’t it is not a problem. Another possibility is to use your imagination to create a fictional scenario and tap in the same way that you would for a real memory. Interestingly, this can work equally well to produce positive results. Check in on how you feel in your body as you tell the fictional story to yourself and tap on any physiological discomfort that you feel as you go through it.
Doing it correctly EFT can often get to the root of the problem very quickly and easily and often clear the emotional intensity permanently. EFT often works where other therapies and modalities have failed.
Affirmations, in the classical sense, are designed to take you in positive directions. Thus their wording is always of an uplifting nature. The purpose of EFT, on the other hand, is to uncover and eliminate the negative in order to pave the way for the positive. That is a MUCH different goal. One of the critical elements in EFT’s effectiveness is that one must “tune into” the problem or the “truth”. Otherwise, the energy balancing effect of the tapping for that problem will be of little use. It would be of no value, for example, to try to alleviate a memory of abuse with EFT whilst focusing on what you had to do the following day, the state of the world economy or the workings of a mobile phone! The energy disruptions wouldn’t be there and so the problem could not be addressed.
Emotional healing with EFT is almost always long lasting. If a given emotional problem does appear to “come back,” however, typically the original problem was addressed too generally and only partially neutralized. What has “come back” is simply a related issue (another aspect or another layer of the onion) that wasn’t addressed in the first place. (ie: my own personal experience of completely losing my fear of bridges yet felt a bit queasy when “driving to” a bridge. Tapping on the aspect of the fear of “driving to” the bridge took care of it. If another aspect pops up at some time in the future. Simply tap on that aspect.)
Placebo effects require some belief in the process and this is rarely the case for newcomers to EFT. Also, although EFT may appear to be distracting, it will not work if the client is, in fact, distracted. That is why the client continually repeats a reminder phrase which helps them “tune in” to the problem.
You can, and it’s often effective. However, if you want to get to the roots of your own personal issues and clear them permanently (see blog posts Being Specific, The Subconscious Mind is “Protecting” You and Core Issue Hasn’t Been Found) working with a practitioner can get you more detailed results.
The Top 5 Mistakes People Make with EFT Tapping: (see blog post for complete article)
“Tapping takes 5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.” ~Nick Ortner, The Tapping Solution. The following "Top 5 mistakes people make regarding tapping" was taken from Nick Ortner article of the same name from the Tapping Solution website. If you aren't getting the results you want with tapping, this might help. Mistake #1 – Not Using It!, Mistake #2 – Not Being Specific Enough, Mistake #3 – Not Addressing All “Aspects” of the Problem, Mistake #4 – Not Tapping for Long Enough, & Mistake #5 – Not Writing Down What You’re Working On.