I had had some bad experiences (I’ll spare you the details) and I hadn’t been to the dentist in about a year. So I tried a new dentist. I was shaking, nearly in tears as they called me into the office. As the hygenist sat to talk with me, I knew there was only one thing to do — tap!
We talked for quite a long time as she asked me a lot of questions about my history and past experiences. Because I didn’t want to be obvious, I massaged the *sore spot* and the collarbone point during this whole process. I was already *tuned into* my emotions by virtue of the questions she was asking, so it wasn’t necessary to repeat any reminder phrases. Later the dentist came and asked a lot of the same questions and I continued massaging the points. No one ever asked what I was doing. Within the first half hour, my anxiety was completely gone.