Exercise #245 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Insomnia, Part 9


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Your FREE weekly exercise:

Full chest breathing and energizing:

  1. Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor about shoulder-width apart, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times while focusing on the movement of your breath and clearing your mind.
  3. Breathe in again through your nose and, with your mind, lift the ch’i from the lower part of the body and your waist upward and into the trunk so that the energy flows through all of the meridians in your chest. The difference between this and a previous chest energizing exercise is that we are going to gently expand our rib cage to allow for full chest breathing.  The entire trunk is engaged in this exercise unlike the previous one in which only the lungs were expanded.  Be very careful to not strain your chest muscles.  This exercise should not cause you any pain or discomfort.
  4. Now, breathe out through your nose allowing the excess ch’i to return to the meridians where it is stored.
  5. Continue breathing in and out, gently expanding your rib cage.   Move your energy through your entire trunk at least 6 times.

Sea of Tranquility (CV 17):

Arm Acupressure Points, resized and cropped

  • Find the acupressure point labeled CV 17 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • This point is located about 3 thumb widths up from the base of the breastbone in the center of that bone.  so, measure with your thumb to make sure you are on the correct spot.
  • Press firmly but not too hard on this spot for a full minute while breathing in and out calmly and with concentration.

Benefits:  This highly effective acupressure point helps to relieve chest congestion while it calms nervous feelings and anxieties.

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/sleep-energy/what-you-know-about-falling-asleep-wrong

This week’s exercise video (please click on the link below):

http://www.muve.com/blog/office-muve/

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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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