Today I remembered a former student who attended an NLP training many years ago. He worked with horses and had an amazing skill at calming anxious horses. He excelled in his ability to use NLP and was highly creative in applying his skills in a range of areas.
One thing he utilised from the rapport skills he learned on the training was matching breathing. He applied this principle in his work with horses. There was a horse that was very anxious and he got within a range that was close enough to still be comfortable. He started to move his hand in time with the horses breathing. After a little time he then began to slow his hand movement down, and having built rapport with the horse, the horse sure enough began to calm down.
This was a highly creating application of matching.