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We’ll be back next week with a new exercise to balance mind, body and spirit.

Exercise #160 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 5


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“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders.”

Tao Te Ching, #1, translated at http://www.taosim.net

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This week’s exercise is a variation on the up and back and side to side head movements that we covered in a previous post.   these movements will loosen up your neck and release tension in the shoulders.  As always, approach a new exercise slowly and carefully.  Breathe in and out through your nose in time with your head movements always breathing out when you tilt your head.

Head tilts: 

  1. Sit as usual with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.
  2. Take 6 breaths slowly in and out through your nose before you begin.
  3. Tuck your chin in and lower your head toward your chest continuing to tuck your chin a bit more as you lower your head.  Be sure to breathe in through your nose before you tilt your head.  Then breathe out as you tuck your chin and lower your head.
  4. Now, rest your hands lightly on top of your head.  Don’t press down on your head at all.
  5. Begin breathing in as you slowly move your head to an upright position.
  6. Continue to tuck your chin and tilt your head toward your chest remembering to time your breaths with the movements at least 6 times.

Drilling Bamboo (B 2)

  • For a larger view of the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, click on the picture.
  • Press firmly on B2 with your thumbs (one side at a time or both sides at the same time) while you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.
  • Continue pressing on these points for no less than a full minute.  You can  use B2 as often as necessary.

Benefits:  This point will relieve neck pain and stiffness, headaches, hay fever and eye fatigue.  This point is also very effective to relieve sinus pressure and a stuffy nose.

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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Exercise #159 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 4


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“There is no crime greater than greed
No disaster greater than discontentment
No fault greater than avarice
Thus the satisfaction of contentment
is the lasting satisfaction.”

Tao Te Ching #46:2, translated at www.taoism.net

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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.

  1. Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart flat on the floor.
  2. 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.
  3. Bend your arms so that your forearms are parallel with the floor and your elbows are bent.
  4. Press your arms behind you squeezing your shoulder blades together.  Release and then repeat again for a total of 3 to 6 times.
  5. 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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Exercise #158 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 3


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“Good traveling does not leave tracks
Good speech does not seek faults
Good reckoning does not use counters
Good closure needs no bar and yet cannot be opened
Good knot needs no rope and yet cannot be untied.”

Tao Te Ching 27:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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In this week’s exercise, we will be lifting one shoulder while dropping the other, alternating from one side to the other.   If you have painful shoulders or have had shoulder surgery recently, work through this exercise slowly and cautiously.  As always, consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.

Push Up Sky, Press Down on Earth:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Sit up straight and tall with your back against the back of your chiar for complete support.
  2. Breathe in through your nose as you raise one arm straight up as high as possible without locking your elbow.  At the same time, press your other arm toward the floor, fingers pulled back so that your palm is facing the floor.
  3. Bring both arms back to your lap as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Reverse arms and repeat for a total of 18 repetitions, alternating arms.
  5. If you are unable to lift your arms completely, lift as high as is comfortable but continue the exercise still alternating arms.  You may be able to loosen your shoulder muscles so that you can gradually reach higher.  The height of your upward-reaching arm, however, is not as important as moving your shoulders regularly so they won’t “freeze”.

Shoulder Well (GB21) and Outer Arm Bone (LI14):

(Illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points)

  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure points GB 21 and LI 14.
  • Cross your arms so that you can press on LI 14 with the fingertips of your left hand and the fingers of  your right hand can reach GB 21 at the highest point on your shoulder.
  • Press for at least a full minute as you breathe slowly in and out through your nose, gradually increasing the amount of pressure at each point.
  • Reverse arms and repeat.  Remember to begin with soft pressure and increase to a firmer pressure as the muscles begin to relax.

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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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.

 

Exercise #157 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 2


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“The returning is the movement of the Tao
The weak is the utilization of the Tao

The myriad things of the world are born of being
Being is born of non-being.”

Tao Te Ching #40, translated at www.taoism.net

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This week’s exercise is appropriate for anyone who experiences stiffness in the shoulders whether from spending the day humched over a computer or as a result of aging.  Always approach each new exercise with caution, move slowly and don’t forget to breathe with each movement.    The use of a towel or stretch bands also helps to strengthen shoulder muscles.  Consult your health care professional to learn the proper use of these items particularly if  you have recently had surgery on one or both of your shoulders.

Shoulder Stretch:

  1. Pull your chair up to a table so that your back is to the table.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully about 6 times before you begin.
  3. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth as you bend the elbow of your right arm and place it on the table.
  4. With your left hand  gently push your right shoulder forward and downward.
  5. Breathe in again and repeat with the same shoulder at least 6 times.
  6. Put your left elbow on the table as you breathe in.  Then breathe out through your mouth as you push your left shoulder forward and downward.  Release and repeat for at least 6 times.

Outer Arm Bone (LI 14)

(Illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)

  • Find the acupressure point on the illustration above labeled LI 14.  If necessary, enlarge your view by clicking on the illustration above.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute on the painful shoulder side.
  • If both shoulders are tense and sore, alternate sides for a full minute on each arm.

Bebefits:  This potent point will relieve pain in arms and shoulders.  This point will also lessen shoulder tension and a stiff neck.

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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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.

A Memorial Day Poem


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow;
I am the softly falling snow.I am the gentle showers of rain;
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush;
I am in the graceful rush.Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
- Mary Frye (1932)

We will be back next week with a new Tai Chi/Qigong seated exercise.

Exercise #156 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 1


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi

…the award-winning blog of seated Tai chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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“Therefore the sages:
Place themselves last but end up in front
Are outside of themselves and yet survive
Is it not due to their selflessness?
That is how they can achieve their own goals.”

Tao Te Ching #7:2, translated at www.Taoism.net

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In this exercise, we’re moving down from the neck and head to concentrate on the shoulders.  If you have an injury or have had surgery recently, please consult your physician before trying this exercise.  As always, move through the shrugs and circles gently and slowly at first until you know how the movements will effect your joints and muscles.

Shoulder shrugs and circles:

  1. Begin sitting with your back straight, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly for 6 breaths before you begin.
  2. As you breathe in through your nose, lift your shoulders toward your ears.  Breathe out through your mouth and drop your shoulders.  Shrug and drop 12 times.
  3. Circle your shoulders to the back 12 times as you breathe normally in and out through your nose.  Don’t try to match your breaths to the shoulder rolls.
  4. Now, circle your shoulders forward for the same number of times.  Continue breathing in and out through your nose only without matching the breaths to the shoulder movements.
  5. You can use this relaxing exercise any time throughout the day when your neck and shoulders begin to feel tense or sore.

Heavenly Rejuvenation (TW 15)

  • If necessary, click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge the view.
  • You can find the acupressure point labeled TW 15 one inch below the top of the shoulder midway between the base of the neck and the end of the shoulder.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  You may bend both arms back and put pressure on this acupressure point on both shoulders at the same time if you wish.


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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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.

Click on the links below for sites that feature products for your fitness program or informative blogs to help you live a healthier life.

Find great deals on Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Yoga, Pilates and Feng Shui products at http://healingtaichi.com

Find brand name products for home exercise equipment at Exercise Equipment Super Store.

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