This exercise is particularly effective for those of you with high stress and anxiety, even anxiety attacks, if you catch it at its very beginnings. I've had a number of people say that once they learned this rather easy method they never had a full blown anxiety attack again.


If you've had anxiety attacks before and know how they start, you can stop it before it gets out of control. For some people, they can feel their anxiety attacks start in their chests or heads, and some people's anxiety attacks start in their feet or lower body. Anyway, as soon as you notice/feel an anxiety attack coming on, however it starts for you, you simply repeat the following process until you get a sense of feeling better, relaxing, or letting go.


Tap your left leg with your left hand then tap your right leg with your right hand. The trick is to tap bilaterally, meaning alternately, one then the other, right, left, right, left, (or, left, right, left, right), etc. You can tap as hard as you want or as soft as you want and as fast or slow as you want. You will find what works best for you. Continue this process until you feel less anxious/calmer.


                                         In the beginning of  this process you  just want to focus on tapping alternately from                                           right to left  repeatedly until you  get to some  kind of  calmer level. When you calm                                         down enough ask yourself  what number of  intensity of anxiety you have (0-10 with                                          10  being  the most  intense and 0 feeling  no anxiety at all). As you tap, periodically                                         ask yourself what the number of intensity is. You will find that the number continues                                          to go down the longer you persist in tapping.


You can also tap your left foot, then your right foot, left, right, left, right, until you feel relief/release of the stress or anxiety. This is a particularly good way to do it at work because no one will notice that you are doing it. You can also give yourself what is called a "butterfly hug". This is done by hugging yourself, with left hand on right arm and right hand on left arm. Then just started tapping alternately back and forth with your hands, left, right, left, right, and so on until you get to the relaxation level that you desire.


This method is called Bilateral Tapping and is derived from an anti-trauma therapy called E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This method is used extensively in this methodology and proves to be very effective in stopping anxiety attacks in their tracks as well as helping people get relief from their anxiety in general.


This is just one of the many therapeutic methods I use to help people release anxiety, fears, phobias, panic attacks, depression or unwanted anger, (guilt, shame, etc., etc., etc.) quickly, easily and very effectively. Questions? Give me a call or send me an email.


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        WARNING: The purpose of this exercise is to help you relax and most people find it very relaxing.

        However, if, while tapping, you start to feel any uncomfortable feelings, stop tapping immediately.


        If you have any questions you can call me or email me 





(914) 242-3484


Will Get You There!

Brainspotting Specialist


Dave Dodge, L.C.S.W., C.B.S.P.


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