Exercise #239 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Insomnia, Part 3
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This week’s FREE seated exercise and acupressure point:
Closing the yang energy loop:
- Begin as usual seated in a quiet area of your home in a comfortable chair with your back fully supported by the back of your chair .
- Breathe in and out through your nose for 6 to 12 relaxing breath using your lower abdomen.
- Now, breathe in through your nose again and visualize the energy pushing up your spine and then, as you breathe out, allow the energy to continue along its path back down to the perineum.
- Continue this breathing and visualization exercise for no less than 6 repetitions.
- End your session with the breathing described in step #2.
Wind Mansion (GV 16):
- Locate the acupressure point, GV 16, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- This point is in the center of the back of your head in a large hollow under the base of the skull.
- Press firmly on this point for no less than one minute while breathing slowly and thoughtfully in and out of your nose.
Benefits: This effective point relieves mental stress and insomnia.
Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty. Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.
This week’s health article: http://www.well.com/~mick/insomnia/
This week’s words of wisdom: “I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed.”
― David Benioff, City of Thieves
This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.