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ACEs Connection – Introducing the Healing ACEs with the Tapas Acupressure Technique Program

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TERRI CHAMBERLIN 4/28/20 11:46 AM 

The Tapas Acupressure Technique combines holding acupressure points on your head and going through a series of nine statements. It can be used for trauma, abuse, anxiety, stress, weight loss, health issues and adverse childhood experiences, to name just a few. TAT incorporates the use of acupressure points, epigenetics and allows you to directly affect your traits, behaviors and health at the cellular level. The process is very easy to learn and, in many cases, you can feel immediate relief.

Over 27 years of experience with hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated that using the simple TAT process can work for healing ACEs. Tapas Fleming, founder and creator of TAT, discovered early on in her practice that many of the issues we face as adults could be traced back to childhood abuse and trauma. Once she became familiar with ACE Study she began creating a complete guided self-healing process. That process manifested as the Healing ACEs with The TAT Program, that includes the original 10 ACEs and six of the possible outcomes of ACEs faced as an adult.

This program was launched in December of 2018 at We waited to share it with this community until there were results and testimonials about the program.

A few of the people who have completed the program share their experience:

“As somebody who has been involved with self-help groups for 30 years, I wasn’t sure how much I still had left to heal, and whether or not I would get much from the ACE series. However, as a devotee of the TAT process, I decided to give it a try. 

“Over a year ago I signed up for the 6-month plan. This meant I would have access to a new video three times a month, plus a live webinar session each month where Tapas lead the session and answered questions.  Even if I couldn’t attend the live session, I could access the recording. I did each session as it became available, and found I couldn’t wait to get it. It was like a weekly tune-up.

“The changes were subtle, but profound!  While I had no great “ah-ha’s” while doing them, people started commenting on how different I seemed and asked what had I changed. It didn’t occur to me what they meant until my husband said, “You are really different. Things that used to bother you, aren’t any more. You are so calm.” 

“After he said that, I realized he was right. I had started living life effortlessly. I didn’t have nearly as many bad days.  A huge shift had happened inside me.  I’m seldom triggered by things that occur. If I am, I use one of the many recordings the program gives me access to. By doing the recording, I return to peace and serenity.

“This program is life altering and empowering. On top of that, it’s offered at an unbelievably low price! The fact I can continue to attend the webinar and access these recordings makes it priceless. I believe I will use it for the rest of my life.

“Thank you, Tapas, for giving us this kind of access and support.  To me, it demonstrates your desire to have everyone “rise out of their pain”.

– Jan Orin – Completed the six-month program

“Healing ACES Program using TAT is a truly effective treatment for healing adverse childhood experiences at any age. Tapas Fleming, the talented founder of TAT, has created and offers a masterful approach to healing old wounds that feel like they will forever hold us in their grip. But with this program our wounds gently release their grip and we discover that we can choose our path. 

“We happily and confidently move forward to new vistas supported in a new way by our past as we access previously hidden strengths, talents, positive qualities, etc… Our past is not erased but now serves us in remarkable ways to aid us in living fully in the here and now! Now, how exciting is that?”

 – Thalia Vitikos – 25-year Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Expressive Arts Therapist

To learn more about TAT:

Healing ACEs with The TAT Program

What is TAT

Demonstrations and Testimonials


An article detailing the study using TAT for Weight Loss Maintenance conducted by Kaiser Permanente and funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 67-78].

Clearing Stress and Anxiety with the Tapas Acupressure Technique:

ACEP’s Higher Energy Podcast – Episode #: 006 — Podcast hosted by:

Paula Shaw, CADC, DCEP and Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP Executive Director, ACEP

Childhood Trauma Linked to Faster Aging

By Traci Pedersen
Associate News Editor

Last updated: 4 Aug 2020 

Individuals who experienced childhood trauma from abuse or violence show biological signs of aging faster than those who never experienced adversity, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.

Harvard researchers examined three different signs of biological aging — early puberty, cellular aging, and changes in brain structure — and found that trauma exposure was linked to all three.

“Exposure to adversity in childhood is a powerful predictor of health outcomes later in life — not only mental health outcomes like depression and anxiety, but also physical health outcomes like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer,” said Katie McLaughlin, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard University and senior author of the study.

“Our study suggests that experiencing violence can make the body age more quickly at a biological level, which may help to explain that connection.”

Prior research showed mixed evidence on whether childhood adversity is always linked to accelerated aging. However, those studies looked at many different types of adversity — abuse, neglect, poverty and more — and at several different measures of biological aging.

To disentangle the results, the research team decided to look separately at two categories of adversity: threat-related adversity, such as abuse and violence, and deprivation-related adversity, such as physical or emotional neglect or poverty.

The team conducted an analysis of almost 80 studies, with more than 116,000 total participants. They discovered that children who experienced threat-related trauma such as violence or abuse were more likely to begin puberty early and also show signs of accelerated aging on a cellular level-including shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of our strands of DNA that wear down as we age. However, children who experienced poverty or neglect did not show either of those signs of early aging.

In another analysis, the researchers looked at 25 studies with more than 3,253 participants that examined how early-life adversity affects brain development. They found that adversity was linked to reduced cortical thickness — a sign of aging because the cortex thins as people age.

However, different types of adversity were linked to cortical thinning in different parts of the brain. Trauma and violence were associated with thinning in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is involved in social and emotional processing, while deprivation was more often associated with thinning in the frontoparietal, default mode and visual networks, which are involved in sensory and cognitive processing.

These types of accelerated aging might originally have descended from useful evolutionary adaptations, according to McLaughlin. In a violent and threat-filled environment, for example, reaching puberty earlier could make people more likely to be able to reproduce before they die.

And faster development of brain regions involved in emotion processing could help children identify and respond to threats, keeping them safer in dangerous environments. But these once-useful adaptations may have grave health and mental health consequences in adulthood.

The new findings emphasize the need for early interventions to help avoid those consequences. All of the studies looked at accelerated aging in children and adolescents under age 18.

“The fact that we see such consistent evidence for faster aging at such a young age suggests that the biological mechanisms that contribute to health disparities are set in motion very early in life. This means that efforts to prevent these health disparities must also begin during childhood,” McLaughlin said.

There are several evidence-based treatments that can improve mental health in children who have experienced trauma, McLaughlin said.

“A critical next step is determining whether these psychosocial interventions might also be able to slow down this pattern of accelerated biological aging. If this is possible, we may be able to prevent many of the long-term health consequences of early-life adversity,” she says.

Source: American Psychological Association

Learn more about the Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences with the TAT Program

[New Recording] TAT for a Traumatic Event and Post-traumatic Stress

Dear TAT® Friend,

There is so much going on that is so stressful right now. Traumas don’t have to be something that happened 10 years ago, it can be something you saw on the news yesterday that has you rattled. If something happened and you can’t shake it, that means it’s stuck.

I just created an all new expanded TAT® recording on trauma and post-traumatic stress to help you feel more peaceful and centered in the middle of so much craziness and chaos.

The heightened crazy events these days resonate with unresolved past traumas and make everything worse. This recording will help you with both.

Love and warmest wishes,


Post Traumatic Stress

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Dear TAT® Friend,

In a traumatic experience, a part of our consciousness can become wrapped up in “solving” a problem, protecting us from danger or abuse, or just trying to find sense in a senseless situation. The beliefs that spring up can be inaccurate but there are parts of us that hold onto those beliefs and remind us of them when we are in new stressful situations — particularly situations that are like the original one. The resonance with the original situation triggers the part or parts of us that were born in the original traumatic or stressful events.

Trauma triggers an overproduction of stress hormones — namely cortisol. If you are constantly reliving a traumatic experience, stress hormones remain activated, keeping you in a state of high alert. You might experience trembling or exaggerated startle response, especially to things that remind you of the traumatic event. These are called “triggers.”

You will enter the fight, flight, or freeze mode whenever you feel triggered. You’ll feel compelled to either defend yourself against the trigger, run from it, or you could feel paralyzed. Sleep might be difficult and you may feel the need to avoid people or situations that you believe threaten your safety. 

Chronic stress following a traumatic event can have long-term health effects, including:

  • Heart and liver disease
  • Addictive behaviors like alcoholism and smoking
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Feelings of despair, guilt, and shame
  • Emotional numbness
  • Cognitive impairment such as memory lapses, difficulty making decisions, distractibility, withdrawal from your typical routine, and even a lost sense of time

These webinars are a place to get some relief from anxiety and fear brought on by posttraumatic stress. You can participate silently or may have a chance to share, depending on how many people join in. You can also be present and be totally anonymous.

TAT® for a Traumatic Event:

Monday, July 20th – 10:00 – 11:30 am PST or

Tuesday, July 21st – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm PST

Everyone who signs up will receive a copy of the webinar recording. If you are new to TAT, what you need to know will be explained during the webinar.

If you have any suggestions on webinar topics you would like me to create please email them to me at: [email protected].

Warmest wishes,


Why was I so hard to love?

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Dear TAT® Friend,

Here’s a wonderful story I received — I thought you would like it too.

“As a child I was taught to be good, quiet, clean, respectful, never to be a burden, never to get in the way, and to never put a foot out of place. Praise and love were only given when it was earned. Those moments that I did step out of line I was reminded that I wasn’t wanted, that me being born ruined my mother’s life and that I was a financial burden. 

This lead to a belief system in my adult life that kept me in terrible romantic and work related relationships. I felt I always had to go the extra mile, always had to be spectacular, I could never be sick or ask for help. I could never appear weak or incapable. I always gave everything I had in every area of my life and always found myself in a state of disappointment and sadness. 

Why was I so hard to love? What was wrong with me that all people did was take and rarely give anything back? I tried so hard to please and still, I was only receiving praise and scraps of love when I turned myself inside out for those people.

While doing Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with the Tapas Acupressure technique® (TAT®) program I had a revelation. Through those false beliefs created as a child I had caused most of these situations. I was the one constantly rejecting help, I took it upon myself to be superwoman and I never asked for help. I was the one who wanted to “wow” these people. Many of them were impressed with me, but I never asked for anything. Not what I needed in romantic relationships, not what I needed at work, not even what I needed from my friends. I never spoke up for myself or asked for help.

Then I realized that I had been blaming a lot of people for taking advantage of me, using me or leaving me to suffer alone. It was time to look at my actions, my behavior and my perception of the world.

I had trouble with forgiveness at first. But as I truly began to forgive those who had wronged me, those who had stood by and did nothing when they could have helped me and those who said they loved and appreciated me but were never able to show it, that’s when my life began to stabilize. 

I found forgiveness to be a relief. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my heart. Holding on to the pain they had caused just kept me in pain. Letting it all go, every single wound, was an amazing first step. But forgiving myself was when life really started getting better.

I was able to let go of the beliefs I had created out of trying to survive, trying to be good, trying to not get in the way, trying not to be a burden, trying to not be a target, trying to keep myself small and quiet.

I was finding that life was enjoyable again. 

I am so grateful that through my TAT work I had found the importance of being present and how wonderful it felt. I had finally forgiven myself and it felt amazing, but when my focus shifted to simply loving and accepting myself for who I am right now, life really began to change.

I didn’t need to “wow” anyone, I didn’t need to prove my worth, I didn’t need to go the extra mile and I didn’t need to earn love. I had survived, I am strong, intelligent, kind, beautiful and free. Free from the voices and the people and the places in my mind that always told me I wasn’t good enough.

I knew there was more TAT to do and more things to create and aspire to, but I loved me again. I am filled with a happiness I have never known and can’t wait to explore it. Where will this new love and happiness take me? I don’t know, but I’m so excited to continue the journey.  

Thank you Tapas for the amazing, life changing, gift of TAT!

  • Lynn S.

Thank you so much for sending this Lynn S. 

Love and smiles,