Sheffield expert taps out a way to ease pain

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A lifestyle expert is holding a training workshop for an unusual technique used by Olympic athletes to ease pain and stress next week.

Ruth Fox, of Meersbrook, has been using the ‘tapping technique’ for a decade.

The tapping technique, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, is often called ‘acupuncture without needles’ because it involves tapping significant points on the body’s meridian system.

Ruth said: “It was discovered just over 20 years ago that this simple tapping technique can actually clear emotional and physical discomforts.

“The basic principle is that when your attention is focussed on a discomfort and you tap the points, the discomfort significantly diminishes.”

In 2012, Olympic athlete Abi Oyepitan used the tapping technique to get rid of her shoulder pain.

n Ruth’s workshop is taking place at the Hilton, Sheffield Quays, on Saturday. Visit