Going With The Flow
In this series on Coping With Difficult Times we have been looking at ways we can care for ourselves so we can stay grounded and remember what is true and valuable in our lives. As a health practitioner, I have been exploring ways to teach people how to keep their equanimity and how to care for themselves when they are faced with difficult emotions. The modality I work with is related to the Chinese Medicine concept of Chi or life force. When Chi is flowing smoothly, there is a feeling of physical and emotional well-being. When Chi is stagnant or inharmonious due to physical, emotional or environmental disturbances, diseases of the body-mind occur. There are many ways to work with the body-mind to enhance the smooth flowing of Chi and to optimize physical and emotional well-being. We have already discussed Mindfulness Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Laughter Therapy, which are all great ways to harmonize the body-mind. In this post we will look at a self-help acupressure technique developed by Tapas Fleming, an acupuncturist. The technique was first discovered to help people with allergy symptoms and has since become a very effective technique for dealing with post traumatic stress symptoms, phobias and other difficult emotions.
TAT(Tapas Acupressure Technique)®
TAT® has been widely taught to victims of physical disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis with successful results in relieving or avoiding post traumatic stress symptoms. It is easy to do and can be taught to anyone, even young children within a few minutes. It consists of holding a posture with your hands, one on your forehead and the other at the base of your skull, while you go through a series of statements or affirmations. The technique has been simplified to just using three statements, whereas the original used a minimum of five statements. I subscribe to the free newsletter which gives updates on new developments and technique refinements. It is not recommended to practice TAT® for more than 20 minutes a day, as it is a powerful releasing technique. Drinking lots of water is recommended after practicing TAT®, to release toxins. You can download the free instructions here by clicking here. From that page there are two ways to get the instructions. You can log in as a customer and order it through the store, or you can go to the tatlife home page and click on the free download link. Either way, it is free.
Here is an excerpt of a testimonial given by a US Army veteran who took a weekend workshop of TAT®:
“I am 65 years in age, and a retired 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army,…..When I began this TAT work, I knew I still harbored sights, images, sounds, feelings, and emotions from my two years in combat in Vietnam. I have always, since returning from combat, had some difficulties communicating with my wife, and with developing close friendships. My senses have been super sensitive, I have been a light sleeper, and am always assessing my surroundings, as if I face an immediate security threat……I find that I can now recount details much more clearly, look at photos and not get tightened up, and see both years of combat like chapters in a book. I can now recall all of this without the emotions that I have harbored inside over the years….. My doctor asked how the medication was making me feel for me to achieve such a return to the healthy normal level recorded. I hadn’t started the medication yet, so I explained that I had been going through a trauma healing process and a stress reduction process, and that is the only way I can explain my blood pressure measurement. Since going through this workshop, I sleep deeper than I have for years and wake up more rested. I feel significantly less stressed and more at ease than I can ever remember. It is my intent to go through this TAT process at least once a week for the rest of my life.”
TAT® can be practiced when necessary, although you may want to use it as a self healing technique to work on several issues to support your physical and emotional well-being.
To be continued.