How to TAP yourself happy! KATIE GLASS puts fashion’s new wellbeing trend to the test
- ‘Rapid tapping’ expert Poppy Delbridge kept the BFC team calm at fashion week
- Tapping is a therapy rooted in Chinese medicine thought to relieve anxiety
- Research has from Deloitte has found that tapping can reduce anxiety by 40 per cent and increase happiness by 30 per cent
When the head of the British Fashion Council wanted to help her team relax before they took on the challenge of organising London Fashion Week, she knew just the woman to call — ‘rapid tapping’ expert Poppy Delbridge.
Tapping — also called psycho – logical acupressure — is a therapy rooted in Chinese medicine where you tap on key meridian points to relieve stress and anxiety.
In addition to BFC chief Caroline Rush, it’s said U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey and Meghan Markle are fans.
Poppy, 39, adds manifestation and mantra work to her tapping to help you literally pat positive outcomes into your brain.
‘Rapid tapping’ expert Poppy Delbridge (pictured) kept the British Fashion Council team calm at fashion week
If changing your life by drumming your fingers on your forehead sounds a bit woo-woo, Poppy might make you think again. First off, there’s nothing hippy-dippy about her.
When we meet, she’s wearing a smart, red, Ghost jumpsuit, with a sharp blow-dry and a look of determination. Then there’s her impressive client list — from Fortune 100 CEOs to fashionistas and celebrities including Fearne Cotton and Laura Whitmore.
In her new book Tapping In, Poppy describes how techniques as simple as drumming your fingers on key spots across your forehead, crown and chest can free trapped energy — and within only a few minutes.
First you ‘clear’ the emotions you don’t want, then ‘create’ the ones you do.
It all sounds rather wonderful, but I’m still a sceptic. So Poppy shares with me results of a study by Deloitte in 2019, which show that tapping can reduce anxiety by 40 per cent and increase happiness by 30 per cent. She adds that her technique can also give you more confidence and help you let go of bad patterns.
This is when my ears prick up, because I want Poppy’s help with something personal. An emotional rut, if you will. There’s a man I’ve been seeing and, while I’m fond of him, I’m a commitment-phobe. Can she stop me doing my usual runningaway act and persuade me to open myself up to love? She tells me she is asked this a lot.
‘I work with many people — especially professional women — who have found it much easier to focus on their career than on love,’ she says. ‘So maybe they have a block around that and I can help shift it.’
Katie Glass having a one-on-one session with ‘rapid tapper’, Poppy Delbridge. Tapping is a therapy rooted in Chinese medicine thought to relieve anxiety
And I feel even more positive when Poppy tells me that tapping helped her to find a man. She manifested a list of qualities for her ideal date — right down to his rolled-up linen shirt sleeves — and six weeks later they were buying a house in the Cotswolds. Today, 18 months on, they’re still madly in love.
Although it doesn’t sound as if this powerhouse fails at much. She became a mother at 21 while at university, breastfeeding between lectures.
After graduating, she landed her dream job in TV and had a high-powered broadcasting career. Friends thought she was mad when she walked away from her six-figure salary to focus on developing and teaching her own rapid tapping technique.
But she soon tapped her way to tripling her salary, was offered a book deal and now coaches internationally. The last time I tried tap I was seven years old in a cold church hall and wearing an uncomfortable leotard. Thankfully, this experience is far more pleasant.
Research has from Deloitte has found that tapping can reduce anxiety by 40 per cent and increase happiness by 30 per cent
She tells me to cross my hands over my chest and massage two points below my collarbone. She asks me to notice my posture. Centre myself. Take a deep breath through my nose. Exhale through my mouth. And then say out loud: ‘I deserve love.’
Clearly unimpressed with my gusto, Poppy zones in: ‘ How much do you believe that?’
‘Fifty per cent?’ I shrug.
I start massaging again as I repeat a series of thoughts and affirmations after her. ‘We do find people that are lovely,’ she says. ‘We do deserve love. It is possible for me to deserve love fully.’
She asks me to pay attention to my body and notice how it feels; where it’s tense and how it responds when I focus on what I want. When I access that emotion, she has me start rapidly tapping around my forehead and eyes.
A bonus side-effect of this, she says, is that it’ll also help reduce wrinkles by increasing blood flow to the skin and stimulating collagen production.
As I madly tap away, I do feel pretty good. I feel my energy lift, though that could be because of all the blood going to my head.
I leave the session feeling so positive that I keep it up for the next few days. If nothing else, it feels good to repeat uplifting mantras about myself.
And the man? It’s too soon for the L-word but I do feel I could let him in a little more than I might have done before. And, apart from any of that, my crow’s feet are definitely improving.
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