Tapping away stress: Fishers woman teaches relaxation technique to others


By Anna Skinner

When Colette Liose was at a low point in her life 2007, she began exploring options that would bring relief.

“I started asking, ‘What’s my bliss? What’s going to make me happy?’, and I was led to the Emotional Freedom Technique. or ‘tapping’, developed in the 80s by Garry Craig, and he basically gave this to the world,” said Liose, a Fisher resident.

Liose began studying the process and now teaches it to other people in her Fishers home. She refers to it as acupuncture without needles.

“Tapping takes five minutes to learn, and you now have a tool for the rest of your life you can use to release negative emotions and negative emotional experiences,” she said. “The way we describe tapping is acupuncture without the needles. We tap meridian end points on the face and body while addressing a negative emotion or negative emotional aspect of a negative experience. Then we can go to the positive affirmations and tap those in. What we’ve done is cleared the negative in our energy meridians, and that really does impact our physical health and well-being.”

Throughout December, Liose will be featured on Hamilton County TV to speak and tap on holiday stress.

Liose said that tapping can be used for anything, and even students are beginning to try it.

Reyna Williams discoveredtapping at an open house and said her daughter Kenley began tapping with Liose to alleviate anxiety associated with school, such as test anxiety.

“I’ve only done it once, but even the first time I did it, I saw a big change and I was really surprised,” Kenley said.

“I think it’s important for parents to know there’s an alternative out there for kids that doesn’t involve meds,” Liose added. “The thing about tapping is you can use it for absolutely anything, try it on everything and be persistent. There’s not anything you can’t use it for.”

Liose does one-on-one appointments, as well as group tapping. She has done tapping over Skype for people living in Australia, Sweden and Germany. Liose said she was even able to stop smoking by tapping.

“Usually, what I’m trying to do is trying to figure out what is it you’re wanting to change or clear,” she said. “The way the tapping works is we are going to find what is the target, then do subjective units of distress. I am reconnecting people to emotions.”

Liose often does a live-video feed of tapping on Facebook, and she encourages others to join in.  For more, visit tapngrl.com.

Tapping and mental illness

With the recent push by the City of Fishers for residents to have a more open mind regarding mental illness, Colette Liose believes she has the answer for taking the stigma out of mental illness.

“So when someone is having an issue, instead of being in severe depression and being so isolated, with the awareness of mental health now brings forward more ways to deal with mental health,” she said. “Tapping is amazing for depression, anxiety, feeling alone and all those feelings that we are feeling. More and more research is being done with PTSD and with the Veterans Affairs. We are kind of in a pill world. This is bigger in other countries because in America, we tend to really like our doctors and to pop a pill because it’s faster and easier. When we are tapping, we actually address the emotional drivers behind behaviors.”