I’ve just spent a very enjoyable weekend in Dublin learning about Tapas Accupressure Technique or TAT (a rather unfortunate acronym in the UK). TAT belongs to the family of energy psychology in that it is a blend of ideas from acupuncture and psychology. The originator Tapas Fleming is an accupuncturist from California. She presented the workshop / conference using a blend of demonstration, example, story telling and laughing, she is a very warm hearted woman who likes to laugh a lot.
Unlike EFT, there’s no tapping on acupuncture points in TAT, instead you hold the TAT ‘pose’ touching three acupuncture points around the eyes and cupping the back of the head with the other hand whilst considering the problem from a variety of perspectives. It sounds and looks a little strange, but it is very effective.
Tapas describes it like this:
Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) is an easy process for ending traumatic stress, reducing allergic reactions and freeing yourself of negative beliefs. TAT is a new, simple and effective technique that delivers inner peace, relaxation, more vibrant health and empowerment in minutes. It combines lightly holding a few acupressure points on your head (the TAT pose) as you put your attention on a problem (the Steps of TAT).
When you assume the pose you’re invited to consider your problem, whatever it is, in a variety of ways. This step by step process somehow ‘de-problems’ the problem. The pose is held in each step until some sort of an inner shift is experienced, this may take only a few seconds or a minute. One step leads to another and at the end of the sequence the problem is experienced in a very different way to when you started.
Many different types of problems can be resolved using this approach including allergies, trauma, anxiety, physical ailments and more.
One of the demonstration subjects at the workshop had a migraine headache that had been with her through the morning after ten minute session it had completely gone.
The whole process has a very gentle almost meditative feel to it and can work on the kind of issues that are hard to pin down.
It is easy to learn and apply for yourself, and like Gary Craig, Tapas has made the protocol freely available for download, a short description and a free manual workbook is available from the TAT website. (Please note that the TAT websites are undergoing considerable revision at the moment to incorporate the latest developments so please be patient.)
So if you’d like to try it go ahead. If you’d rather have someone show you the ropes I’ll probably be arranging some introductory talks in the near future.
Of course you can visit me as a client for a confidential session tailored to your needs.
As a newly minted TAT Practitioner I’m looking forward to adding this approach to my work, and I expect to be writing some more in depth articles about it in the future.