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When I say I believe in holistic health, I mean that. You might think of the TAT as a kind of do-it-yourself emotional acupuncture.
We usually think of our emotions as intellectual experiences, but they are physical as well. Every emotion has corresponding physiological chemical processes. As I understand it, the idea behind something like the TAT is that you can help the body process the emotions, leaving your conscious experience freer. What I can say with most confidence, though, is simply that this works for me. I always invite God into the process and ask for His healing, and He has been very faithful to show me where I am unfaithful and to guide me back to His truth.
It takes about 15 minutes to perform, which I usually dread in advance but feel SO glad afterward that I did it. I believe there are several variations on the TAT out there; this is the one that I was taught and have used successfully. First, you need to know the hand position. It allows you to apply pressure to acupuncture points on the face while you follow the sequence. The hand position: With one hand, place your ring finger and thumb on each side of the bridge of the nose near the corners of your eyes, with the middle finger in the center of the forehead about 1 inch above the brow line.
Apply gentle pressure. You can watch this unintentionally hilarious video for a visual. You can do that if you want to. Assume the hand position for each step and spend 2 minutes on each step.
I recently did a TAT on the issue of money and will use this as an example below in italics. Put your mind on the problem. The problem could be a feeling if the feeling itself distresses you or a situation or event.
Experience it as vividly as you can, in your thoughts, feelings, and physical body. This can be very uncomfortable, but do your best to allow yourself to think and feel all of these things for this short time. Remember to breathe and use the hand position. Pause and jot down any notes. I plunged into thinking and feeling everything that I could about money. I felt anxiety, tension in my body, liking money, and all kinds of conflicted feelings.
Anxiety and fear accompanied this. I also had a real sense that subtle grasping, measuring, and holding on tendencies affect my physical body. Imagine what life would be like without this problem, what you would think and feel. Again, use all your faculties to experience it as vividly as possible. Breathe and keep your hand in place. Pause and take notes. I often find this step hard because I only know what life is like with the problem. People have been ungodly in their relationships with money for millennia.
Think of misoriented as being oriented to something other than God and His way, as missing the mark. Again, no specific thoughts, just a sense that I really am affected in all of these ways by my unhealthy relationship with money and, in particular, that it disrupts relationships, often simply because I am uncomfortable.
Pause and write. This was a painful step for me. Breathe and keep applying pressure with your hand. This one was interesting!
I discovered that it bothers me so much not to have the security of rightness about money that I blamed everybody. I blamed myself for not being able to figure it out perfectly every time. Breathe throughout, maintaining the hand position. I had an overwhelming sense of what a waste it is to spend so much energy on trying to be right. But then it was followed by a sense of hope and purpose. Freedom So, there you go!
How weird was that? I used to be so afraid of my emotions, always running away from them, and thus, always subtly controlled by them. What a fabulous gift. By the way, the TAT is one of the ways I cope with my fear when trying something new and help myself endure longer.
This is also one of the tools that I will be using during my Healing Hour this month. Have you found other ways to help heal yourself at the emotional level? You can check out all of my posts in this series here.
Tapas Acupressure Technique
When I say I believe in holistic health, I mean that. You might think of the TAT as a kind of do-it-yourself emotional acupuncture. We usually think of our emotions as intellectual experiences, but they are physical as well. Every emotion has corresponding physiological chemical processes. As I understand it, the idea behind something like the TAT is that you can help the body process the emotions, leaving your conscious experience freer. What I can say with most confidence, though, is simply that this works for me.
What is Tapas Acupressure Technique?
Can you see through these real-life optical illusions? The Tapas Acupressure Technique TAT is a complementary healing program designed to release emotional and negative energy blockages that compromise our psychological and physiological well-being. It specifically addresses traumatic stress, allergies, negative beliefs and worries that have infiltrated our lives and locked us in a negative feedback loop. Tapas Flemming created the Tapas Acupressure Technique in She is a licensed acupuncturist in California as well as a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine.
Heal Your Heart with the Tapas Acupressure Technique
She explains how TAT can be used to heal the emotional charge and physical reactions to trauma, abuse, stress, and adverse childhood experiences so that an individual is no longer triggered by those memories and can live from a more spiritually-connected, centered, and peaceful place. What happens when you do TAT? Imagine there is a part of you in every experience of your life. For each positive or negative experience, there is a piece of you left in it.
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
History[ edit ] Invented in by Tapas Fleming, the underlying idea claims that unresolved emotional trauma leads to a blockage of the natural flow of putative energy. Practitioners of TAT claim that self application of light pressure to four areas of the head inner corner of both eyes, one-half-inch above the space between the eyebrows, and the back of head while placing attention on a series of verbal steps releases this blockage and allows for healing. Scientific evaluation[ edit ] No scientifically plausible method of action is proposed for Tapas Acupressure Technique, instead relying on unvalidated putative energy and meridians with no identified biophysical or histological basis. A review of so-called " Power Therapies " concluded that TAT and similar techniques "offered no new scientifically valid theories of action, show only non-specific efficacy, show no evidence that they offer substantive improvements to extant psychiatric care, yet display many characteristics consistent with pseudoscience.