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  1. Why is Billie Piper tapping her face in the movie Rare Beasts?


    The trailer for the new Billie Piper film Rare Beasts released on 21st May in cinemas and on online platforms, shows her tapping her face whilst chanting the mantra: “Even though I feel scared and angry I still love and respect myself”

     Billie Piper tapping in Rare Beasts film what is she tapping for.

    People are wondering what she is doing and why?

     Billie Piper has talked openly about the therapy that she has had to help her through difficult times and the tapping that she is doing on her face is one technique that can be used to deal with the type of stress and anxiety we see her experience in the film. Talking about her own journey in Stylist magazine and finding out how the therapist wouldn't just fix her, but that she had to do the work herself she has said..

    "I think there can be quite a lot of time spent trying to get to a place where the client understands that, actually, you’re not going to fix them. You’re not going to do something to them that is going to make them better. They are going to have to have some agency. Sometimes people come to therapy because they feel disempowered in the face of something. “I feel helpless, do it for me.” So, ironically, people don’t love it when we go, “Well you’re the one that’s going to do the work.” 

    Here are all the answers you are looking for about why she is tapping her cheeks in the film.

    Rare Beasts is the first film the Billie Piper has directed and it stars herself too. It’s a romcom in style but with much more going on than your typical Richard Curtis or Bridget Jones film.

    Her character Mandy works for a TV production company and is a single mum with a difficult child who may have OCD. She lives with her mother played by Kerry Fox and her son’s father is still on the scene, played by David Thewlis although things are not great between the two.

    What we see Billie doing in the film more than once where she taps her face and repeats a phrase is a technique that can be used to help deal with stress and anxiety, fears and phobias and other things too. It’s called EFT or tapping for short.

    What is Tapping?

    The tapping technique was discovered by Gary Craig who published a Tapping and EFT handbook explaining what he has discovered about it. It is a technique similar to acupressure and involves tapping on certain pressure points around the face and on the body and hands. What is remarkable about the technique is that you really can tap away stress and anxiety. Many researchers are looking into the efficacy of tapping and there are many clinical studies on EFT already published that show how well it works.

    Like we see Billie Piper doing in the Rare Beasts movie you tap different parts of your face and body whilst repeating a phrase that sums up the problem and also contains a positive aspect. People who learn this technique with me are constantly surprised by how quickly and effectively it can help them deal with a feeling they are struggling with.

    What can I use Tapping or EFT to help with?

    EFT can be used for many different things. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist I use it as part of my therapy with clients alongside helping to teach people ways to relax, switch off and let go of the past. I find that it has amazing success on so many different things. I use it more than any other intervention when I help people with fears and phobias. I have used it for fear of spiders, heights, driving, sickness and many other fears and phobias. In fact there was a very strange side effect for myself when I appear to have lots one of my own fears accidently..After working with many people who had fears of heights my own feelings had gone away without me realising. I found myself up somewhere high and it took a while to realise that I was feeling good because helping other people had rubbed off on me too! It is great to help you let go of stress and anxiety in the moment it is happening, as well as for things you are worried about that have not happened yet.

     Here's Michael Ball talking all about how he uses Tapping on BBC Breakfast..

    If you want to find out more about tapping and how it could help you then do drop me a line at [email protected] and tell me a little bit about what you are looking for help with. I work both in my private practice in Redditch and online with Skype. In fact online tapping works really well and you don’t even need to leave your home to learn it with me.

  2. Olivia Colman has Hypnotherapy to help with her stage fright anxiety

    Olivia Colman Hypnotherapy for stage fright and anxiety

    Oscar winning actress Olivia Colman who played the Queen in the Crown has been talking about how she suffered stage fright when performing and turned to hypnotherapy to help overcome her nerves.

    Because of the Covid Pandemic stopping live stage shows but not as a result of her fears, which she seems to have under control now, she last performed in 2017 in Mosquitoes at the National Theatre.

    Speaking to Rufus Norris, co-director of the National Theatre for its “Life In Stages” YouTube series, she explained that her increased fame had led to her developing a massive fear of being on stage.

    Speaking about how the process of hypnosis worked for her Colman explained..

    “I went for hypnotherapy here to find some tools to stop myself being quite so petrified. I worry that as I get older and slightly more recognisable, the fear … that all these people will watch when you f*** it up and say: ‘We went to see that person we have seen on the telly – not that good on stage’. I think I’ve built it up. I did love it. I need to get over that...I f****** hate this job, I f****** hate myself and I’m going to vomit or wee’, and suddenly you are on stage.”

    Whilst the fear has been a problem she has also found that she was so entertained by her Peep Show David Mitchell at one time whilst playing opposite him on stage that she wet herself from laughing.

    She said: “On a raked stage, my entire bladder emptied and it just went towards the audience in the front row.” If you are wondering what a raked stage is...it's one with a slope down to the audience so you can imagine what that means.

    How was Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy for Olivia Colman ?

    If you would like to watch Olivia Colman speaking with Rufus Norris it is a very entertaining way to spend some time and the link to Youtube for it is right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i24qZJuyfDI

    We can always get help to deal with fears and phobias. Not just stage fright, but any fear like heights spiders and lots more that you may not even realise some people suffer from.

    You can read all about hypnosis for fears and phobias HERE