Exercise #159 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 4
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In this week’s exercise, we’ll be stretching the shoulders with arms bent at a 90 degree angle. If you experience any pain or extreme discomfort, stop this exercise and go back to any of the previous exercises for shoulders that you could tolerate.
Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart flat on the floor.
Move away from the back of your chair so that you are sitting toward the edge of it as far forward as possible. Sit only as far forward as is safe.
Bend your arms so that your forearms are parallel with the floor and your elbows are bent.
Press your arms behind you squeezing your shoulder blades together. Release and then repeat again for a total of 3 to 6 times.
Keeping your arms bent with your forearms parallel to the floor, bring your elbows in front of you until they touch (if possible). Repeat the forward squeeze also for 3 to 6 times.
Heavenly Rejuvenation (TW 15)
Click on the illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, if necessary to enlarge your view.
Locate the point labeled TW 15.
Press firmly on this point on one shoulder or on both shoulders at the same time if you prefer. Hold for at least a full minute but preferably for 1 to 3 minutes as often as necessary to release stiffness in the shoulders.
Benefits: This point will relieve muscular tension in the shoulders, a stiff neck or shoulder pain.
Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty. A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.
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