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How I Use EFT: I use EFT to support animals and their people to reduce stress and anxiety in support of the body’s innate ability to return to equilibrium. I would connect via Zoom video or via phone to the human client. After completing a interview with the client to discern the goal of the session, we would proceed with the tapping session in an echo format using information from the client interview to focus on the triggers to be reduced. If the client is doing tapping with/for their companion animal, we use the first half of the session in support of the person’s stress or emotions due to the animal’s state and the second half of the session to focus on the animal. Reducing stress is known for supporting pain reduction and the body’s natural healing processes.
Yes, EFT can be used for animals! EFT for animals can be done in various ways, two of these are 1) being a surrogate for the animal and 2) in directing support to the animal as the person continues to tap on themselves. I use the direct support method of EFT tapping for animals.
What is EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional destress. It is also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure. The approach generally involves tapping on a sequence of selected acupuncture points (acupoints) while the individual doing the tapping spontaneously states emotionally-evocative, personally-relevant phrases. The core principle behind tapping on acupoints has to do with sending activating or deactivating signals to specific acupressure points that correspond to organs involved in the stress response. Tapping sends activating signals that can reduce heightened emotional states and that enhance stress management capacities. Symptoms such as pain, tension, and physical discomfort are somatic signals that can be regulated with acupoint tapping. EFT has been used to treat people with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder among other stress issues. EFT focuses on meridian points to restore balance to the body’s energy system.
In Chinese medicine, meridian points are thought of as areas through which the body’s energy flows. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health. Any imbalance can influence stress or illness. While we are familiar with acupuncture which uses needles, and acupressure which uses pressure on various meridian points, tapping uses fingertip tapping to apply pressure on specific meridian points, while: 1) identifying a triggering issue, 2) testing the initial intensity, 3) creating a set up statement to acknowledge the issue and accepting one’s self despite the problem, 4) initiating the tapping sequence and 5) testing the final intensity. The goal is to reduce the intensity of the triggering issue.
There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ. However, EFT mainly focuses on the following meridians and energy centers: small intestine, governing vessel, bladder, gallbladder, stomach, central vessel, kidney and spleen.