Touch Therapies / Visualization
TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique)
Tapas Fleming gives her acupuncture-based technique, "TAT", in her book, You Can Heal Now : The Tapas Acupressure... Technique (TAT). «- Clicking on this link will take you to book info at Amazon.com (Or click HERE to try Powell's used books] She directs its use largely at the effects of traumas, negative attitudes, and allergies.
She surmises that the reason this therapy works is this... "When a trauma occurs, there is the experience of apparent separation between 'me and the trauma', or 'me the victim and them the perpetrator'. ...Duality always creates tensions, because we are inherently uncomfortable with un-wholeness or fragmentation. ...TAT accomplishes healing by resolving the duality of a situation. When the illusion of separation dissolves, we experience oneness. ...Restoring wholeness is the essence of healing."
Her therapy is based on the use of the acupuncture point, Urinary Bladder 1, which is called "Eyes Bright" in Chinese - at the inner corners of the eyes. (Linda Tellington-Jones reports that the ears, eyes, and mouth are all exceptionally sensitive and powerful areas for TTouch on an animal.) Both instinctively, and later with clinical substantiation, Tapas felt that these points could be used to heal a person's whole system.
She is convinced that our bodies have memories just as our minds do... genetic memories as well as "learned" ones. (Dr. Devi Nambudripad, developer of the similarly acupuncture-derived NAET - Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique, mentioned in the page on Applied Kinesiology - also mentions genetic relationships to allergic tendencies as well as, in some cases, cancers.) "The TAT pose, along with your focus on the trauma, creates a connection between the cells' memory and your function of vision. The TAT pose itself generates energy in your brain's vision centers. When you 're-view' the trauma, it becomes physically, mentally and emotionally integrated within moments."
She explains traumatic stress as "the stress to your system of continually trying to hold off the experience of a trauma" - because it's too much for you to deal with now, too threatening. Often the negative effects accumulate in the part of the body (often an organ) most directly associated with the trauma.
"From the view of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a blockage of energy creates disease. ...When you use a thought in an attempt to deny reality, it creates negative energy patterns that impact your life and your health by causing your energy to stagnate."
Yet when it is no longer resisted, the trauma ends. "You have the power to change your relationship with a trauma by directly engaging it through TAT, ...[by] taking a new look rather than continuing to look away. ...Within the context of TAT's direction of the body's energy flow, the energy charge that has been held in place is removed from the past event, and the event can be integrated into your life." The memory isn't erased... only the stress is expunged.
Now here's an interesting connection to Linda Tellington-Jones' description of TTouch as though communicating "across species barriers like a person-to-person call in which the same language is spoken although the callers are from different countries"... Tapas suggests this for people who find the concept of accessing cellular memories very odd...
"...Imagine that you have given the cells of your body your phone number and permission to call you up. When they call, you answer the phone and say 'Hello' with the same openness you would have when you pick up the actual telephone [and] you don't know who is calling or what they have to tell you... In that condition of openness to your cells, you may find yourself 'seeing' and 'hearing' information from your body in a new way."
TAT first involves using applied
kinesiology to query one's body as to the acceptability of
doing a session. Then the TAT "pose" entails touching
points on the head with both hands while going through a
series of thoughts in your mind: putting your
attention on the problem and your reaction to it as it was
or is; holding an opposite, positive thought in relation to
it; visualizing that the origins of the problem are being
cleared up; then healing "the resonances or storage spaces"
of the traumatic memory.
TAT and Allergies
Interestingly, Tapas has found that allergies or multiple chemical sensitivities are often associated with emotional traumas. ...Heal the traumatic stress, and the allergies disappear or are then easily taken care of.
Devi Nambudripad also acknowledges this connection. She says in The NAET Guide Book (4th Ed.): A Companion to "Say Goodbye to Illness" «- Clicking on this link will take you to book info at Amazon.com (Or click HERE to try Powell's used books]... "Continuous emotional traumas may have caused the immune system to weaken. This poor immune system will lead them to physical and chemical reactions as well. ...They should also receive emotional clearance of their traumas."
I find myself in agreement with this view of allergies (along with the possibility of inheriting an allergic tendency). My own experience (and I do have many chemical sensitivities, and know a number of others who do as well) is that they are definitely augmented by stress.
In Say Goodbye to Illness «- Clicking on this link will take you to book info at Amazon.com (Or click HERE to try Powell's used books], Devi says: "If the body did not experience a major trauma, the allergies would probably have remained hidden or less reactive. When the body is in balance, most of the allergies do not exhibit their usual reactions." (When I developed asthma as an adult, my doctor asked me whether I'd suffered a severe loss recently, or if asthma ran in my family - both emotional and genetic factors are recognized for asthma; but nope, I had to relate it to handling and breathing fumes of carbon-less paper all one summer.)
Too, once allergic reactions swell in "importance", they almost take on a life of their own and are incredibly resistant to almost any kind of therapy while life remains stressful. (And just being assaulted by them - they make life so difficult! - is a stress in itself, so that one comes to fear the representation of the woes... the allergen, whatever it may be. Do we cling to fear, or does it cling to us??)
My dog Iris' experience gives credence to the idea that the allergy-related stress may be traumatic in origin... She's an older samoyed - they tend toward thyroid problems and allergies, we find. She does take thyroid medicine; when we lived with fleas, she had a terrible flea problem not shared by mutt Jetta, and she's been subject to skin infections (that's thyroid-related, apparently). I've been careful with her food - Hund N Flocken lamb and rice, the best of the best of dry dogfoods (along with Flint River Ranch), plus many healthful supplements. (But it's probably been a great mistake not to have fed our dogs much in the way of raw bones/meat... see the article "Bury the Bones...".)
In 1998, we moved lock, stock, and barrel from northern California to Idaho. We began packing weeks beforehand, so of course the dogs were nervous. Fortunately, we were able to quit our jobs about a month in advance of moving and were with the dogs every day, so they didn't seem exceptionally freaky. Everybody was healthy (but awfully stressed - if you can call that "healthy"!)... Until most of the furniture left.
Not only did that make the move utterly obvious, it disturbed a lot of dust and uncovered wood floors that, in that very damp climate, likely were damp and moldy themselves (or at least the dust would have been!). All of a sudden, Iris had a cough and sneeze. The vet assumed she had kennel cough ("You can pick it up anywhere, on the street... in this office...") and gave her antibiotics. By that time we were moving in a few days and in chaos, and there was no time to treat her holistically.
When we arrived in Idaho, I
was sick, and Iris (who had gotten better) was
relapsing. By the time I got out of my sickbed, I
realized that the pine pollen season was in full swing; and
it was a terrible pine pollen year. To cut the
story short, I recovered, Iris didn't. She still
suffers from respiratory allergy symptoms, despite many
attempts to change that... (We live surrounded by pine
trees, of course.) And I think I need to try TAT
TAT and Animals
But can you do TAT on animals?... Yes indeed, Tapas' book has a section on treating animals. Allergies, traumas, fears, and bad attitudes are common animal ailments that TAT has helped.
There are two ways you can work with an animal: Do TAT on the animal directly, or do it on yourself on the animal's behalf. (Tapas says that you can even do a surrogate treatment on a third person on behalf of someone else - for instance, on the mother of a sick child or the owner of an absent pet.) Yes, that takes a bigger leap. But the implication is that you can affect a person's, or an animal's, cellular memory without touching - without even being in the vicinity. Does this not resonate with the experiences of TTouch and visualization therapies?
Working "directly" on the animal doesn't even have to mean touching it... If it isn't comfortable being touched in that way, you can hold your hands a little away from its head. ...Though if it isn't comfortable being touched, why not do TTouch circles on it until it is? - double healing whammy!