Exercise #140 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 7


 

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“Fame or the self, which is dearer?
The self or wealth, which is greater?
Gain or loss, which is more painful?

Thus excessive love must lead to great spending
Excessive hoarding must lead to heavy loss

Knowing contentment avoids disgrace
Knowing when to stop avoids danger
Thus one can endure indefinitely.”

Tao Te Ching, #44, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This week we’re going to concentrate on the acupressure point called Heavenly Appearance (SI 17).  This highly effective acupressure point will help to balance your thyroid gland and increase the luster of your skin.  This point can also be used to relieve hives.  You can use this point any time and as often as necessary.

 

Heavenly Appearance (SI 17):

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you (just for the time you spend breathing and using the acupressure point).  Take 3 slow relaxing breaths in through your nose and out throug your mouth.
  2. You will find Heavenly Appearance behind your jawbone in an indentation directly below your ear lobe
  3. Press gently on this point for no less that a full minute as often as necessary.

 

End your session with the breathing exercise, Centering Ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more.

♥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.~

2010 in review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 108 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 209 posts. There were 25 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was July 29th with 455 views. The most popular post that day was Exercise #59 – Arm Pressure Points for Immunity.

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for acupressure points, chair tai chi, pressure points, reflexology, and tai chi in a chair.

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Exercise #42 – Reduce Holiday Stress December 2008
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Exercise #84 – Energize the Gateway Between Mind and Body 2 October 2009

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Exercise #50 – Clear All the Meridians February 2009
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Exercise #139 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 6


 

 

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 Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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“Attain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return.”

Tao Te Ching #16:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This week we’re going to use the acupressure point, Wind Screen (TW 17). This highly effective point benefits the skin by balancing the thyroid gland.  It is also helpful in relieving hives.  You can use this acupressure point daily.

 

Wind Screen (TW 17):

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly under you so that your back is fully supported by the back of the chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly at least 6 times.
  3. Locate the Wind Screen acupressure point on the illustration below which is from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  Press firmly on this point for a full minute using your middle and index fingertips.

Centering Ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more.

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 #138 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 5


 

 

 

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“There is something formlessly created
Born before Heaven and Earth
So silent! So ethereal!
Independent and changeless
Circulating and ceaseless
It can be regarded as the mother of the world.”

Tao Te Ching #25:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This post focuses on relieving facial blemishes, acne, and a poor complexion with sagging cheeks by increasing facial circulation  through the daily use of an acupressure point called Facial Beauty (St 3).   Add to that, slow and thoughtful oxygenating breath exercises and you have a system you can use at home easily whenever you have a few free moments.

  1. Sit quietly and breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth at least 6 times.
  2. Scroll down to the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book and find the acupressure point labeled St 3.  You can find it on your own face at the bottom of your cheekbone. directly below the pupil of your eye.
  3. Press firmly on these points for a full minute at least once a day.

 

Conclude your session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more.

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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From all of us to all of you

 

Have a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

 

Exercise #137 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 4


 

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“Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one’s nature
Returning to one’s nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity.”

Tao Te Ching #16:2, translated at http://www.Taoism.net

 

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Today we’ll be using the Four Whites acupressure point.  This point is effective for reducing blemishes and acne breakouts as well as irritated eyes.  We’ll  also discuss skin brushing for the face and, of course, conclude with Centering Ch’i to bring energy back into the storage areas of the body.

 

Four Whites acupressure point:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you but hold your back upright – don’t hunch.
  2. Locate the acupressure point labeled St 2, Four Whites on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  It is about 1 finger width below the lower ridge of the eye socket in line with the center of the iris.  There is a slight indentation there which  you can find by feeling along the ridge of the eye with your fingers.
  3. Press firmly on this point for a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.  Close  your eyes and visualize the movement of energy to your face.

 

Facial skin brushing:

  • You may use a specially designed face brush or loofah but a dry wash cloth with a little roughness to it will work just as well.
  • Begin at your forehead and brush in a circular motion ending your motion downward so you are guiding the circulation back to the heart.  Continue working your way down your face.
  • Repeat the same movement on your neck, always finishing the massage downward in the direction of the heart.  To keep your skin healthy and glowing, do this brushing at least once a day before you wash your face or take a shower.

Centering ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more for a total of 3 times.

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 #136 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 3


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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“Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom.”
Tao Te Ching #14:3, translated at www.Taoism.com

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We continue in this post with the breathing exercises and acupressure points that target our body’s largest organ, the skin.  The acupressure point featured here is used particularly for clearing acne outbreaks.

 

Heavenly Pillar acupressure point with breathing:

  1. Begin this exercise seated as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Breathe in and out through your nose only, quietly and thoughfully, at leat 6 times.
  2. Then find the acupressure point labeled B10 on the ropy muscles about half an inch below the base of your skull and approximately half an inch to either side of your spine.
  3. Press firmly on both points i.e., on both sides of your neck, for at least a full minute.  You may use these points several times throughout the day if you wish.

When you finish with the acupressure points, do 3 repetitions of the exercise, Centering Ch’i:

  • Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).
  • Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.
  • Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more.

 

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.~