EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE IS NOT JUST FOR HUMANS – IT IS EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL TO OUR PETS AS WELL
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or Tapping, can help with anxiety behavioural issues, phobias and many other problems in cats and dogs.
Emotional Freedom Technique is a healing modality that can quiet the nervous system in people and pets. Created by Gary Craig in the 1990s, it involves tapping on a sequence of certain acupressure points, mostly around the head and face, with the intention of releasing trapped emotions. EFT, also known as Tapping, releases old thought patterns that create fears, phobias and anxiety in people, cats and dogs. It heals emotional wounds, can alleviate physical pain, and helps animals in training and any other issues to slow down and focus.
Thousands of years ago, Chinese medicine discovered the meridian system that runs through the human and animal body. The meridians are an energetic map of the body’s physical system. Each acupressure point on the body lies within a meridian system, each meridian system is associated with an organ, and each organ is associated with an emotion. This is why tapping on a particular acupressure point can have a positive influence on emotions.
Our relationship with our pets affects their emotions
In a moment, I will explain how EFT is done and how you can do it at home. But first, I want to remind you about a very important factor in our relationships with our pets.
In the wild, a pack of dogs or pride of cats has a natural leader they all look up to. They track the leader’s every move, as well as his thoughts and feelings since their safety depends on him.
In human households, dogs and cats look up to us as leaders for their perceived safety. They are hardwired that way. When this perceived safety is threatened, for example by the appearance of strangers they might feel are a threat, dogs and cats take matters into their own paws as part of the fight or flight mechanism. They might hide, bark, scratch, or engage in other fearful or aggressive behaviours.
Because so many households are busy and can sometimes be stressful with people juggling jobs, kids, financial issues and more, things can be a little chaotic and confusing for our pets who are looking to us for love and support.
Before I move onto EFT and the actual points you can use on your pets, I’m going to tell you all right now that I don’t use EFT actually on my pets as none of them like it at all. The cats get irritated and end up biting me and the dogs would rather just have hands-on healing.
EFT tapping points
With a few exceptions, the location of tapping points for EFT is mostly the same for both humans and animals (see diagram).
Inside of the eye
Outside of the eye
Under the eye
On top of the nose for longer-snouted dogs; sometimes this point is skipped for cats, and for dogs with “squashed” noses, such as pugs.
Under the chin
On the chest
Top of the head.
Each of these points is tapped using two fingers. As with all healing modalities, INTENTION is key when doing EFT. You don’t have to know exactly what you are doing at first if all you are trying to do is help an animal release fear, panic, grief, anxiety or depression. You just need to identify the overriding emotion and tap on the points. You can even tap while saying something like “this grief, this grief, so much grief”. Eventually, some of his grief will subside.
Even if you just very gently tap around the top of the head of your pet, you will often see a sense of relief come over him. Tapping the top of the head can provide a great sense of relief to the animal’s entire nervous system, and stimulates his immune system. Often, you will see the parasympathetic nervous system kick in and the dog or cat will start to lick, chew, yawn, change his breathing pattern.
BUT …..Emotional Freedom Technique is a healing modality that can quiet the nervous system in people and pets. Created by Gary Craig in the 1990s, it involves tapping on a sequence of certain acupressure points, mostly around the head and face, with the intention of releasing trapped emotions. EFT, also known as Tapping, releases old thought patterns that create fears, phobias and anxiety in people, cats and dogs. It heals emotional wounds, can alleviate physical pain and helps animals in training and any other issues to slow down and focus.
I tap on myself and I don’t tap on the animals I work with or live with. Our 2 dogs don’t like being tapped on and the cats well they REALLY don’t like it and I’ve had quite a few cat scratches and bites for trying lol.
l first to clear MY EMOTIONS so that I’ve got a clear energy before I do the surrogate tapping for my pets.
What do I mean by this?
I do a round of tapping say for example Jasper is yowling loudly and going round in circles because he’s blind, I would tap on my emotions which are I feel helpless and sad when he goes round in circles, then that would be the setup statement, so I’m tapping out the negative – and then I’d move onto the positive that – when I stroke him he purrs and he is a really good boy. So that’s what I do before I even start tapping ‘on Jasper’ – and when I’m doing it for him I use what I intuitively feel are his emotions. “I get frustrated when I can’t see where I am going. I feel tired and my arthritis hurts” as the set up statement – then for the positive round I would say “Even though I’m an old boy now and I have my aches and pains I do well for my age and I am happy. Even though I am blind and I get frustrated, I am happy and love my mum stroking me, it makes me feel warm and connected to her”
As I said INTENTION is key to every healing modality, you don’t even need to actually touch the animal for EFT to work.
Let’s say you have an aggressive dog or an overly-stimulated cat or an ex feral kitten. So that’s why I’m saying I tap on MYSELF (as a surrogate) and don’t very often personally tap directly onto any of my pets because they really don’t like it, but you can see if yours do.
I have used EFT for all of my kittens and cats that were having various behavioural issues or emotional issues, even things like scratching the wallpaper off, scratching the woodwork and pulling up carpets (yes I had feral kittens who did not like being indoors for a while) or my little dog Daisy’s separation anxiety and it’s really helped. I’ve even tapped for the kittens (the feral ones that are nervous still after 2 years) and along with Reiki, it’s really helped my furbabies so I hope some energy work will help you too. If your pet is ill you still need to take it to the vets. Energy healing is a complementary therapy to be used alongside traditional medicine.
This is just an overview of EFT and what it can do. If you are called to this technique, it is worth studying both for your own well-being as well as that of your dog or cat.
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