Nick Ortner is the CEO of The Tapping Solution and author of New York Times Best Selling The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living (ISBN 1848509332). Ortner made a documentary called The Tapping Solution, which inspired five online Tapping World Summits. Ortner and his Tapping Solution team have raised over $250,000 for tapping-related charities such as ProjectLight: Rwanda, The Veterans Stress Project, and You Can Thrive!. Ortner and his wife, Brenna, live in Newtown, Connecticut.
Psychologist Roger Callahan discovered tapping in the early 1980s, and Gary Craig’s EFT Handbook popularized the movement. It is a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and claims to be derived from modern psychology, although there is no scientific proof of this claim. It is said to be useful in relieving such conditions as migraines, fibromyalgia, phobias, body aches and posttraumatic stress disorder. EFT involves tapping on meridians while repeating a phrase that relates to the issue the tapper wants resolved. The repeating phrase identifies the MPI, or most pressing issue. Ortner claims that while tapping on these meridians, “we send a calming signal to the amygdala (the fight-or-flight center) in the brain,” telling the brain that the threatening situation isn’t threatening. While the American Psychological Association (APA) does not advocate its use, it has begun granting continuing education credits for psychologists to study tapping.
Ortner brought tapping methods to the survivors of the Sandy Hook tragedy, hoping to heal the community of Newtown, Connecticut after the school murders.