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TAT® (Tapas Acupressure Technique®)

TAT® (Tapas Acupressure Technique®) is a meridian-based Energy Psychology developed by acupuncturist Tapas Fleming. Tapas was on a quest to help heal allergies and what she found was that the technique that came to her could help resolve trauma, depression, allergies, negative thought patterns,

This simple technique, in which one puts one's hands on certain points in the front and back of the head and then says a series of healing steps, can shift one's perception of a problem and allow it to release.

TAT has been the recipient of a 2.1 million dollar grant from the NIH (National Institute of Health) for a research study with Kaiser Permanente for weight loss maintenance. The initial study showed TAT more effective at weight loss maintenance than a support group or qigong. The NIH study involved 500 participants in the Kaiser Permanente system. The work has been completed and the report is due out in a few months. If these findings are consistent with the initial study, TAT could become a standard intervention in conventional medical care and health education.

I am certified as a TAT Trainer and offer:



TAT Pose

The TAT pose involves lightly holding points on the head—the third eye, two points on either side of the bridge of the nose and the back of the head. This pose puts attention on the vision, or perception, and can shift the way one sees a “problem.” In the pose, one focuses on a problem or situation for which one is seeking healing and then on series of healing steps. Included in the steps are attention to the origin, forgiveness and a choices step for the outcome, among others.



Spiritual dimension of TAT
There is a spiritual dimension to TAT which is regularly felt. The third eye is associated with insight and spiritual openings. Many focus on this point in their meditation. Also, the attention to something as a problem, then not a problem collapses the duality with which we often view life. This can open one to a deeper sense of oneness and connectedness with all.



TAT and EFT

TAT may be considered a “cousin” of EFT. Tapas is featured in a demonstration of TAT in Cary Craig’s Becoming the Ultimate Therapist DVD series.

If you practice EFT and wonder how TAT is different, below is a brief comparison between the two modalities:

  • In EFT one focuses on a specific aspect of an incident and does a round of tapping. A round of EFT takes less than one minute. Repeated rounds of EFT reduce the charge on that aspect and then other aspects are treated. This process knocks down “table legs” of an issue, as Gary Craig calls them, until the issue collapses.
  • In TAT one can put all the aspects of a particular issue in a bundle and treat the bundle. A typical TAT session takes about 20 minutes. One does not need to know the specifics of what is contributing to the presenting issue, but can focus on something such as “everything that led up to my difficulties with success” or “everything that occurred in that accident.”
  • In EFT, one attends to the feelings related to a situation and the focus of the tapping is relief of emotional distress. For example, to deal with a frustrating situation, one might tap on “all this anger.”
  • In TAT, one focuses on the fact of the situation. For the same situation as above, one might TAT on “everything that contributed to all this anger happened.” This can be comforting to those who feel overwhelmed by their emotions. This pose itself provides containment, as the head is held gently in the front and back.
  • The hoped-for shift in EFT is a reduction/elimination of distressing emotions, which leads to enhanced well-being.
  • The hoped-for shift in TAT is one of perception, in which one no longer perceives something as a “problem,” which too leads to greater well-being.
  • In both EFT and TAT, healing of issues or conditions not directly addressed in the session can occur.



Information on and registration for Trainings/Mentoring

At Birth Your Life, I offer:

Additional classes required to become certified as at TAT Professional include
  • a repeat of the Basics classes
  • Practicing Presence seminar, offered by Tapas Fleming, available via webinar
  • 25 sessions on yourself
  • 25 sessions on others
  • 15 sessions with a TAT buddy
  • 2 sessions observed/reviewed by a TAT Trainer
  • evaluation and approval TAT work by a TAT Trainer


Want to explore further?

To know more about TAT training or my other work, please e-mail or call me.

To download a 14-page User Guide on How To Do TAT For a Stressful Event or to read more about TAT, visit the TATLife website.



About Paula and Birth Your Life

I have been in the healing arts for over 20 years. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 40547) in California, a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology (DCEP), a TAT® Trainer, a ThetaHealing® Instructor, and a practitioner of DEH and Rosen Method Bodywork. I have a long-time practice in meditation.

Birth Your Life has been developed out of my passion for helping others recover from trauma and claim and live their lives to their fullest capacity.

I work with individuals, families and groups in my Oakland office and via phone or Skype.



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