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Tapping for World Peace Empowers Students and Relieves Stress

Oct 2, 2019


By Beryl Ryan

In an effort to empower area students to relieve their own stress and anxieties andimprove their learning environment, long-time Santa Rosa resident and Registered Nurse Beryl Ryan is offeringFREE workshops in the practice of “Tapping” to area schools. Tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a self-healing tool that uses a sequence of light physical tapping on external acupressure points to reduce or eliminate physical pain and negative emotions, including anxiety, stress, and PTSD.


Ryan, a Certified EFT/Tapping Practitioner who specializes in trauma, has found Tapping to be an effective tool for everything from test anxiety and conflicts with peers to larger traumas such as those experienced by many students in the wake of the 2017 wildfires. “The sooner children can learn to help themselves address negative emotions, the healthier and easier their lives will be,” she says.

According to Ryan and other practitioners, Tapping is effective because, like the ancient practices of acupuncture and acupressure, it is known to clear the blocks in our energy meridians in the body. This allows energy to flow freely, thus reducing or eliminating emotional and/or physical discomfort.


Ryan has conducted Tapping workshops in a wide range of group settings, including schools, community centers, health clubs, medical institutions, and correctional facilities. She developed a workshop model designed specifically for schools that trains students, parents, teachers, and administrators in Tapping, all in a relatively short period of time.

“In my experience, when students can be supported with this tool by the adults in their lives, the entire School Community becomes more compassionate and empathetic,” Ryan says.

Tapping has been shown to: increase student productivity, decrease anxiety, increase focus, increase collaboration and decrease bullying.


After a recent workshop for adults at Presentation School in Sonoma, Head of School Scott Parker said “Beryl is a great facilitator and engaged everyone with the same encouraging respect - from the super open to the skeptical. She made Tapping very understandable and left many of us wanting to know even more about what this tool can do for our all of us, especially our young people. From physical pain to emotional and psychological trauma, there is something here for everyone.”

A 3rd-grade teacher in Sonoma said:  “Beryl’s interaction with our staff was enthusiastic, open, and inspiring. She is passionate about her work and how it can truly help people. She welcomed all our questions and helped with ways in which we can use Tapping techniques in our classrooms.”


“My students really enjoyed using tapping before and during our standardized testing. I could see the positive effects it had on their temperament and their attitude. I will definitely incorporate more of this into my weekly routine.”

OFO: Beryl Ryan R.N. Tap Within,, 707-280-8072


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