Heading back to school can be stressful for parents and kids, not to mention teachers. All three could benefit from the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce or eliminate many of their stressors, but there are specific benefits for children.
EFT uses acupressure and talk therapy to identify and restore imbalances in the body's energy field.
In my practice I use EFT with many school age children to aid with learning disorders, reading problems, test anxiety and many other learning issues. The results have been extremely positive.
EFT is accessible and user-friendly. Although many cases require seeing a skilled practitioner, much can be accomplished on your own.
You can find a free guide to EFT at www.emofree.com. The manual teaches you the steps of tapping on specific acupuncture points while having the child focus on his/her fears and worries.
My work with students, some common themes seem to pop up: fear of making a mistake while reading in front of classmates, worries about reading too slowly and test anxiety. All of these conditions — as well as other issues such as anxiety on the first day of school or fear of the challenge of making new friends — are treatable with EFT.
You can also use EFT on kids while they get ready for bed. I frequently do this when I babysit the grandkids.
I ask them to tell me how their day went and, while they relate their good and bad experiences, I simply tap on them for a couple of minutes. It never fails to help them feel better and sleep more soundly.
While many emotions and fears that kids face can be dealt with by beginners, complicated issues might require the assistance of a qualified EFT practitioner. EFT is simple to apply and it often works for beginners.
Giving your child a tool to help him/her learn and deal with the everyday emotional hurts is a wonderful gift.
STEVE BOTUCHIS is a licensed massage therapist in Ohio and Kentucky, a certified Acmos bio-energitician and an EFT practitioner. Online at www.stevebotuchis.com.