Exercise #241 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Insomnia, Part 5
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This week’s FREE seated exercise:
Moving Yin energy to the top of the head:
- Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair with your back fully supported by the back of the chair.
- Breathe in and out slowly and thoughtfully through your nose for 6 to 12 times.
- Now, breathe in through your nose again and visualize a burst or fountain of energy rising up the front of your body and reaching the center top of your head.
- As you breathe out through your nose, allow the remaining energy to drop back down the front of your body to end again at the perineum.
- Continue to repeat the breathing and visualizing of the rising and falling energy, concentrating on the picture in your mind and on nothing else.
- Repeat the exercise several times until your mind is clear and you are feeling completely relaxed.
Joyful Sleep (K 6):
- Locate the acupressure point labeled K 6 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Bend your knees toward your chest so that you can reach these points on both ankles at the same time, or cross one leg over the other and press firmly on this point on one ankle at a time.
- Continue to press on this acupressure point for no less than a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.
Benefits: This wonderful acupressure point will help to relieve insomnia and heel and ankle pain as well as hypertension and anxiety, the main causes of 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:
This week’s words of wisdom:
“You cannot imagine the craving for rest that I feel—a hunger and thirst. For six long days, since my work was done, my mind has been a whirlpool, swift, unprogressive, and incessant, a torrent of thoughts leading nowhere, spinning round swift and steady.”
-H.G. Wells, When the Sleeper Wakes
This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.