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…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.
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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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.~