Constricted Breathing Technique
“When I was taught EFT in 1999 by Gary Craig, I was taught if you don’t know what else to do, or if you are stuck, do the constricted breathing technique.” Maggie
There are a few reasons why you might want to do the Constricted Breathing Technique.
The first reason is that you want to take on a simple, quick and easy practice that can deepen and slow the breath. Please know that people who have panic attacks usually breath very shallow and very quick, breathing many more times in a minute than others. For healthier breathing, you would do this technique for a few minutes each morning and evening for a week or so.
The second reason is that you are stuck or it looks like nothing else is working. You don’t know where to turn next in your journey to discover a core issue or you simply are not sure what to do next. Three rounds of Constricted Breathing can sometimes shift all that and bring clarity into consciousness.
The Constricted Breathing Technique is a technique that may shift the energy when it looks like nothing else is working. This technique may help the client become calmer through deeper breathing, and it can create a shift in whatever issue you are working with at the moment.
How Do I Do Constricted Breathing Technique
I like to begin by closing my eyes and simply focusing on my breath. After a minute or two I take a few deep breaths and track the breath in my body. There is to be no force to make the breath different, just notice how the breath feels in the body at this moment.
Then I ask myself where I am on the Intensity Meter, remember that 0 equals no breath and 10 equals a full, natural, complete yogic breath. The lower on the scale, the more constricted the breath, the higher on the scale, the more natural full breath.
Do a complete round of EFT, saying,
“Even though I have this constricted breath, I totally and completely accept myself,"
at the Karate Chop Point 3 times.
Then say, "constricted breathing" while tapping on each of the other points.
The Intensity Meter number may go down the first round and then bounce back up after the second or third round. Do not be disturbed if the number does not go up after one round of tapping. If the breath gets more constricted, ask if you are comfortable doing another round. The constriction usually moves in the second round of EFT.
When doing the second and subsequent rounds of EFT, if there has been a change in your breathing, remember to acknowledge the change. Use the words,
"Even though I still have this constricted breath (or even though I have this remaining constricted breath), I totally and completely accept myself."
Usually 2 to 3 rounds of EFT improves the breath AND when you go back to the issue you were working with, you may find that has shifted also, or that new information has come in.
As with any EFT practice, if you have questions before doing constricted Breath, please feel free to contact me. If you have asthma or any other respiratory issues, please consult with a medical professional first.
Maggie Adkins, EFT Founding Master