Frequently Asked Questions
What is TAT?
TAT is part of a larger family of mind-body healing techniques collectively known as Energy Psychology. Research suggests that TAT can be effective in treating stress, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and weight loss maintenance.
The Tapas Acupressure Technique combines holding acupressure points on your head (The TAT Pose) and going through a series of 9 statements. It takes approximately 20-30 minutes to do.
Tapas Fleming in the TAT Pose
What makes TAT different from other approaches?
With TAT you can heal without reliving anything, talking about it, digging for core issues or figuring anything out. You can literally sit back, relax, and be guided through the process without having to do anything except the TAT pose.
Do you have to learn how to do TAT before your first session?
In all of the TAT video recordings, webinars, workshops and private sessions you are guided step-by-step through this simple and easy to use technique. You will learn TAT as you do it.
How long does a TAT session take?
A standard TAT session will take approximately 20-30 minutes to do.
How does TAT work?
It used to be thought that we were born with a fixed genetic blueprint that determined our traits, behaviors, and health. Now, discoveries in the field of epigenetics have radically rebooted this theory by demonstrating that our DNA is more of a switchboard than a blueprint.
Epigenetics is the study of how external forces, such as your environment, beliefs, and life experiences, trigger on-off mechanisms on the genetic switchboard.
The beliefs set in place during a traumatic event continue to inform you. A typical belief that “life is not safe and I can’t relax” is a non-stop input throughout your life, leading to toxic stress, and fear. This causes your “red alert” warning system to be stuck at “on”.
Once this belief is actually changed to “life is safe and I can relax”, cellular response immediately changes leading to increased normalization of all biological functions, including brain function.
What is the purpose or meaning of the Steps of TAT?
The intention -- safe and easy healing
Step 1: The Problem -- The issue/trauma/experience/pain that you are working on in the session. (putting in the pot)
Step 2: The Opposite Condition -- No longer resonating, identifying or connecting with “The Problem”.
Step 3: The Places -- All of the “places” ie: mind, body, & life where “The Problem” has been stuck or stored
Step 4: The Origins -- All of the places and frequencies when “The Problem” originated are included in the healing
Step 5: Forgiveness -- Giving and accepting forgiveness for everyone involved in “The Problem” including God (or whatever name you choose, if at all) and yourself
Step 6: All the Parts involved -- All of the physical, mental, and emotional “parts” of you involved in “The Problem”
Step 7: Everything that’s left -- Anything left about “The Problem” that still needs attention
Step 8: I Choose -- Positive affirmations about what you want in the here and now
Step 9: Integration -- Integrating and allowing/accepting the process
What is the TAT "pot"?
The TAT pot is the metaphorical place that we "put" what we are working on for each session.
What are "stopper thoughts"?
“Stoppers” is short for stopper thoughts and means any negative thoughts that would impede the process from moving forward. For example:
- This will never work for me!
- TAT is too easy to be of any value.
- It might work for other people, but not for me.
- This is too big.
- Nothing can change this.
- Nothing else has worked for this. TAT won’t either.
Any time a stopper thought occurs, just add it to your pot as soon as you have the thought. For example, This isn’t going to work for me - say to yourself “I’m including this thought in the pot.”
A lot of us are used to setting aside or dismissing negative thoughts. With TAT®, you acknowledge that those thoughts are there and include them as part of the process.
Do you stay in the TAT pose for the whole session?
It is not required to be in the TAT Pose for the entire session and it is recommended to NOT be in the TAT pose for more than 20 minutes in a 24 hour period.
What are "parts"?
When doing the "Parts" step it is including all of the parts of you, spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, and energetic. It's an all inclusive statement that allows you to include every "part" of you involved in what you are working on.
Do you need to know why you feel the way you do?
No. You just simply add to the "pot" that you feel the way you do and you don't want to feel that way.
What is normal when you do TAT?
- Seeing colors, images, bits of memories
- Feeling energy moving and shifting in your body
- Yawning, sighing, wanting to stretch or move your body
- Feeling peaceful, even sleepy
- Noticing your mind is wandering
- Not noticing or feeling anything at all
- Whatever happens
Do you have to put different sources of negative feelings into the pot separately?
No. You can just add to the pot that anything causing you anxiety, stress, fear, or worry is included. You do not need to know the source.