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Strictly speaking tapotement is the name for the type of massage strokes

that always remind me of a James Bond film, the masseuse starts "chopping" in a karate chop action, and then suddenly transforms into a lethal killing machine trying to kill James...


Having said that, as the word actually comes from the verb to tap or hit,

it can also be used in a number of other ways;  It is also "spa speak" for any kind of tapping or gentle hitting - sometimes with the hands or other instruments.  (Much as percussion can be "spa speak" for hitting gentle or otherwise.)



(the literal English translation) can also be used to describe therapies which use er... tapping.


Gentle tapping can be very effective at releasing tension,

and is also used in certain therapies such EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in which cognitive work, (i.e. thinking about certain experiences and emotions) is used with gentle tapping in key areas to help release us from those patterns.  I've had some great experiences with EFT so would definitely recommend giving it a try.

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