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Unlocking the Healing Power of Trauma-Informed Tapping Techniques: Integrating Ancient Wisdom with Modern Science

Updated: Apr 21

Welcome to an empowering journey through the realm of trauma-informed tapping techniques! In this enlightening blog series, we embark on a voyage where time-honored wisdom intersects with contemporary science, providing therapists and clients with invaluable tools to navigate the intricate terrain of trauma recovery.

Trauma-informed Tapping Techniques
Ancient Wisdom Meet Modern Science

Fun Fact.

Delving into the roots of tapping, did you know that the practice of stimulating acupoints to alleviate emotional distress has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine, dating back thousands of years? This enduring tradition highlights the timeless efficacy of ancient healing practices in our modern context.

Before we dive into the wealth of tapping techniques, let's first set the stage. Trauma-informed approaches within therapy recognize the profound impact trauma has on individuals' lives, influencing their sense of safety, well-being, and emotional regulation. Whether stemming from childhood experiences, natural disasters, or other sources, trauma leaves an indelible mark on one's psyche.

Research Insight.

Studies reveal that trauma often disrupts the body's natural regulation systems, manifesting in symptoms such as hypervigilance, anxiety, and dissociation. This underscores the pivotal role of self-regulation techniques in trauma therapy, empowering individuals to reclaim agency over their internal experiences.

Enter Trauma-Informed Tapping—a dynamic fusion of two potent modalities: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

Did You Know?

EMDR, spearheaded by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s, revolutionized trauma treatment by harnessing the brain's innate healing mechanisms through bilateral stimulation. On the other hand, EFT, pioneered by Gary Craig, introduced the concept of tapping on meridian points to alleviate emotional distress, offering a gentle yet profoundly effective avenue for healing.

A Polyvagal Perspective.

Let's further explore how tapping techniques not only align with Polyvagal theory but also connect us to the innate wisdom of the body and its capacity for self-healing.

Fun Fact.

Polyvagal theory, proposed by Dr. Stephen Porges, offers groundbreaking insights into how our nervous system responds to stress and trauma. It introduces the concept of the Ventral Vagal Response, crucial for accessing what Internal Family Systems (IFS) terms as Self-energy—the reservoir of resilience and wisdom within us.

Polyvagal-informed Techniques
Body, Mind, Spirit Healing

In this series, we'll journey through the principles and practices of Trauma-Informed Tapping, unraveling the science behind its efficacy and offering practical guidance for therapists and clients alike. From Resource Development Installation (RDI) using Bilateral Stimulation (BLS) to attachment-based tapping for addressing complex trauma, we'll delve deep into a treasure trove of techniques aimed at restoring balance and resilience.

So, whether you're a seasoned therapist seeking innovative tools to enrich your practice or an individual navigating your own healing journey, join us as we embark on this transformative exploration of Trauma-Informed Tapping. Together, let's tap into the power of healing and reclaim the joy of living fully.

Stay Tuned.

In the forthcoming articles, we'll embark on an enriching journey, delving deeper into the multifaceted world of trauma-informed tapping. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

  • Part 1: Unraveling the intricacies of Resource Development Installation (RDI) and understanding how this technique enhances resilience and self-regulation.

  • Part 2: Exploring the realm of attachment-based tapping, with techniques tailored for healing attachment wounds and addressing complex trauma.

  • Part 3: Discovering the transformative potential of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), tapping into meridian points to alleviate emotional distress and restore balance.

  • Part 4: Diving into energy medicine techniques, exploring how tapping into the body's energy system facilitates trauma healing and promotes holistic well-being.

  • Part 5: Exploring the power of breath in trauma recovery, with techniques for grounding and regulation to calm the nervous system.

  • Part 6: Embarking on a journey of movement and somatic-based techniques, harnessing the body's wisdom for trauma healing and emotional integration.

  • Part 7: Immersing ourselves in the world of sound healing, exploring the utilization of binaural beats, music, and sound to facilitate relaxation and promote healing.

  • Part 8: Delving into vagal toning exercises and techniques, understanding how they activate the Ventral Vagal Response and promote a sense of safety and connection.

Stay tuned as we unravel the transformative potential of trauma-informed tapping, integrating body-based approaches with cutting-edge therapeutic modalities to foster healing and resilience.

With love, AGLOW

Stacy Ruse, LPC

AGLOW is a global hub for therapists and the world. Led by trauma expert Stacy Ruse, LPC, providing training, consultation, and counseling services. Specializing in EMDR, IFS, & Transpersonal therapies to inspire therapists and individuals alike.


Stacy Ruse, LPC, is an esteemed Evergreen EMDR consultant, IFS-Institute consultant, and founder of Aglow Counseling. Stacy teaches a therapeutic style that is characterized by the art of EMDR & IFS therapies with a transpersonal twist, transcending the conventional boundaries of traditional therapy. Her holistic approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit allowing individuals to tap into their innate resilience and ignite their personal transformation journey. As a trauma expert, national and international trainer, and clinical consultant, Stacy's approach is deeply rooted in trauma-informed methodologies.

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