TINA CRAIGEFT Master Practitioner and Trainer
Co-Author, Gold Standard EFT Tutorial

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The best way to introduce yourself or others to the benefits of EFT is to try the Constricted Breathing Technique. With this technique, we apply the EFT Basic Recipe to the capacity of the breath, and promote relaxation by reducing constriction and allowing a deeper fuller breath.

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Instructions: Quick Reference

  • Take three deep breaths (pre-stretch the lungs).
  • Take a fourth deep breath and measure the capacity from 0-10. (10 is the best on this scale)
  • Apply the EFT Basic Recipe with “this constriction in my breath” as the target.

Setup: “Even though I have this constriction in my breath, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
Reminders:  “this constriction in my breath”

  • At the end of the round, take another deep breath and re-measure the capacity from 0-10.
  • Continue re-applying the EFT Basic Recipe and measuring capacity until a full breath or some plateau is reached. This usually takes about five rounds.

Tap along with the Demo Videos anytime, or send your clients to use them for homework!

Full video instruction can be found here!

Language Variations

Here are some options that would maintain the same purpose:


This constriction in my breath


This constricted breathing
I have constriction in my breath
My breathing is constricted
I can’t breathe to a 10

Useful in any of these situations

Relaxation: It can be used simply for relaxation.

Introducing EFT: It’s also fantastic for introducing EFT to new clients. EFT can seem pretty strange to anyone who hasn’t been exposed to it, but they can probably embrace a relaxation technique focused on their breath. If they understand that it includes a simplified version of Acupuncture to reduce stress, then the tapping points will be the only strange thing left to introduce. Once they see how it works in the first round or two, they’re usually on board for more.

Client Homework: Using the demonstration videos as a tap along or just following the instructions on their own, clients can use this every day between sessions to manage symptoms and continue making progress…as long as it is providing relaxation.

Sudden Intensity: For sudden activation, overwhelm, or abreaction, the Constricted Breathing Technique can take the focus away from the trigger and help your client come back to a more balanced state.

Closing a Session: This tool can also be useful at the end of a session if you need to generate a good closing point, as again, it shifts the focus away from the higher intensity triggers and onto the breath for relaxation.