Touch and Breath (TAB) Method

By Dr. Patricia Carrington

Touch and Breath (TAB) Method

Touch and Breathe (TAB) is a very interesting variation of EFT (and of TFT – Thought Field Therapy) developed by psychologist, Dr. John Diepold.  It involves lightly touching and holding each comfort spot as you say your Reminder Phrase, rather than tapping on it.  It is just as effective as the standard tapping used in EFT.

I find that people who prefer a more leisurely, thoughtful, somewhat meditative approach when doing EFT, may prefer this variation, while those of a more active temperament, or people who feel agitated or who need to move rapidly and “get out energy”, or people who may be depressed and need the stimulation which they may get from tapping, will often prefer the standard tapping method which you learned from the First Steps in EFT video.

Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, uses the tapping method and teaches it. He is a very active high-energy person.  However, Gary certainly approves of people using the TAB method if it works better for them, and I also approve.

How to Use TAB

While saying the Set-Up phrase “even though I….etc.”, lightly touch the karate chop spot with two fingers, holding them there while you repeat the Set-Up phrase three times. 

At each Comfort Spot, as you repeat your Reminder phrase, place your fingers lightly on the spot and hold them there as you say that phrase.  Then, with your fingers still in place, take an easy relaxed moderately deep breath before proceeding to the next Comfort spot.

An example of TAB in action would be:

A person places two fingers on the Inner Eye Spot and holds their fingers there while saying (for example) “I have this fear of heights”, after which, with fingers still in place, they take a deep easy breath.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The easy breath should never be too deep and it should never be strained.  It should be comfortable and peaceful in its effect.

That’s all there is to the Touch and Breathe technique.  You may want to experiment with it.

EFT Master, Dr. Patricia Carrington

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