Tapas Acupressure Technique, was developed by American acupuncturist Elizabeth Tapas Fleming. Tapas spent many years in an Ashram in India and later learned the art of acupuncture from a Chinese acupuncturist in whose family this art has been passed on uninterrupted within the family for five centuries. Originally Tapas had specialized in solely physical therapy, mainly allergies. She discovered about TAT not only working for physical dysfunctions but also the underlying psychological origins – often times a traumatic experience or an emotional burden – in treating a salt allergy.
In the course of treatment it was discovered that her client had been abused (raped) regularly as a child and afterwards always received a bag of chips. She was hardly able to relay this to Tapas. After treatment for the salt allergy she all of a sudden said that she had a feeling as if a huge stone was lifted from her chest and shoulders and she was able to think of these episodes without any emotional backdrop. She also said that she had never talked about this because she had felt tremendous guilt etc. which felt like she had been bound in the experience.
This experience caused Tapas to broaden her agenda and include psychotherapeutic treatments. She adjusted the treatment segments accordingly.
The treatment segments I apply in my practice are also a variation which developed through my own work with clients. In general it is identical to what Tapas provided, however I expanded some steps and others I combined into one.
Background-information about the effectiveness of TAT
TAT, like the MET tapping technique – is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine which has its foundation in the knowledge about etherical energy channels. These energy channels – called meridians – that flow though our bodies and that are responsible for our energy supply, have in the meantime been scientifically proven.
The meridians run – similar to our nervous system – through our whole body and supply our muscles, organs and cells with energy, which the Chinese call Chi. If the course of Chi is disrupted or blocked at first we notice disturbances in our well-being, in the worst case physical ailments manifest.
Energetic techniques were developed to dissolve blockages that were caused by disturbances in the energy flow and to allow Chi to flow freely. This in turn re-establishes, strengthens and stabilizes our self-healing powers.
At this point I would like mention that – according to Einsteins discoveries – everything, even the smallest atom, consists of energy. This energy is what everything on our planet and in our universe has im common and which Einstein consequently had to refer to as “God”, since the origin of this energy couldnīt be attributed to any other source or named differently.
I, personally, mostly call this “universal energy”. You donīt even have to believe in it for TAT to work for you. However, what actually happens in the TAT position is, that we utilize this energy and get in direct contact with it.