Exercise #244 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Insomnia. Part 8


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Your FREE weekly exercise:

Energizing Your Legs and Feet:

  1. Begin as usual sitting with your back straight supported by the back of the chair.  You should be relaxed but completely upright.  Feet should be flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times slowly while concentrating on the movement of your breath in and out.
  3. Now, breathe in through your nose again and visualize your energy moving downward into your legs, down to your feet and release the energy through the soles of your feet as you breathe out.
  4. Continue with the breaths and visualizations for at least 6 repetitions.  You may increase the number of breaths and visualizations as time permits.
  5. Repeat step #2 to conclude the exercise.

Calm Sleep (B 62):

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  • You can find the acupressure point Calm Sleep by locating the area labeled B 62 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • The point is in the first indentation directly below your anklebone.  Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.

Note:  You can reach this point more easily if you bend your knees while sitting  on a chair or on your bed.

Benefits:  This acupressure point is most effective for relieving insomnia and for alleviating back pain particularly if that pain interferes with restful sleep.

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.

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This week’s health article:  

http://www.prevention.com/health-conditions/insomnia

This week’s exercise video:

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This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.

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