First, I recorded a second video, this time of the hand position for the Tapas Acupressure Technique. I linked in my TAT post to a weird YouTube video, but upon reflection, I think there’s room in the world for one a little less . . . how shall I put it?
Maybe I won’t.
Let’s just say mine’s shorter (<1 minute) and, er, simpler. Here ya go!
Tap vs. TAT Showdown!
Second, I realize that some might have questions about the difference between tapping (here’s my post about it) and the Tapas Acupressure Technique.
After all, the two share much in common. They both . . .
- Are emotional acupressure techniques
- Help calm and process anxiety and strong emotions
- Use a combination of hand positions and healing statements
- Are extremely effective and have no side effects
So how do I choose between them? When I’m anxious or flooded with anger or despair, which technique do I reach for?
I’ll highlight some strengths of each.
Strengths of tapping:
- It’s quicker. A thorough job takes less than 10 minutes—a hasty one 5 minutes—compared to the TAT’s 15+ minutes. The fast factor is a biggie when you’re in a situation where you need to get a grip, like, yesterday. I may or may not have experienced something like this with a shockingly fussy baby today. I didn’t have 15 minutes; I barely stole 5!
- It’s easier to do while out and about. Mostly because it’s faster, but also because you don’t need a clock (just say your statement and take one good breath for each point) or a way to take notes, tapping generally works better in a car, a bathroom stall, or you know, the bottom of a cable car. For us classy folks.
The bottom line: Tapping shines with super-fast, super-portable relief.
Strengths of the TAT:
- You don’t have to be able to articulate the problem or how you feel about it. Sometimes I have no words to describe how I feel, or I can’t figure out what the problem is in the first place. Maybe the problem seems too big to narrow down, or I don’t remember what triggered my discomfort. The TAT really shines in these situations. It gives me the flexibility just to sit there and experience the problem.
- It provides real insight. I rarely have “ah-hah!” moments while tapping, but I often do during a TAT. I’m sure I would benefit by now doing a TAT about today’s fussy-baby scenario. I’d get to see more of what’s underneath my reactions. I find that this leads to some real healing, not just sweet relief.
- Can handle the toughest situations. I’ve had a few instances where tapping just didn’t get me as much relief as I wanted. Like I said before, I have really strong emotions, and I can get hysterical with my crying. If I start tapping and don’t feel better by the time I finish the eye movement exercises, I’ll switch over to a TAT.
- You can do it when you’re too fatigued to tap. While it’s not ideal, you can do the TAT while lying down and with your arm propped on a pillow. Tapping requires much more movement. Those out there with severe fatigue will appreciate this difference.
- It’s less obtrusive. Now, I’ve never actually done this, but theoretically, if you were on a plane or a train and wanted to do an intervention without ducking into the bathroom, you could sort of lean over and “prop” your face on your hands in the TAT position and go through the 7 statements silently.
The bottom line: The TAT primarly boasts true insight and healing, plus the option not to put the problem or feelings into words.
So there you have it.
Good night, good people!
This October, I’m writing (nearly) every day about holistic healing, but you know, I’ve got a baby and life is unpredictable. I’m just doing my best!