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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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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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.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, healing.about.com, righthealth.com, healingtaichi.com, and search.aol.com.

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

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Exercise #59 – Arm Pressure Points for Immunity May 2009
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Exercise #42 – Reduce Holiday Stress December 2008
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Exercise #100 – Energize Feet and Ankles, Part 2 March 2010
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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.

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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.

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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.

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


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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.

 

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Exercise #135 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 2


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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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Again this week, we will be using an acupressure point and breathing exercises to improve the health of our largest organ, the skin.  Sit comfortably in a quiet space so you can give your full attention to sending ch’i to the correct acupressure point and on slowing and controlling your breath.

 

Three Mile Point with breathing:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  You will need to lean forward slightly to press on the acupressure point on the outside of your leg.
  2. Begin by sitting upright and breathing in and out through your nose slowly and thoughfully at least 6 times.
  3. Below is an illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  Locate the point labeled St 36. It is 4 finger-widths below your kneecap on the outside of your leg.  You will feel an indentation there.
  4. Press firmly on this point on both or one of your legs for no less than a full minute while you breathe slowly in and out through your nose.
  5. You may use this effective acupressure point throughout the day as often as necessary.

 

Close out your session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i:

  • Breathe in through your nose as you tighten your diaphragm and abdomen.
  • Lift both arms out to the side bringing them up over head with your palms toward the ceiling, fingertips slightly apart.
  • Hold for a second, then flip your hands pver so that palms are now facing downward and bring your arms slowly back to your lap as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.

 

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Exercise #134 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 1


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“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.Taoism.net

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The next several exercises will incorporate acupressure points with simple breathing exercises.  Our purpose with this series is to stimulate the organs and glands that govern skin functions in order to rejuvenate and tone the skin particularly in the area of the face.  We’ll close out each session with the Centering Ch’i exercise.

Sea of Vitality:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  This time sit forward slightly so you can comfortably reach your back.
  2. Lift your arms over your head as you inhale through your nose.  Hold for a moment, then lower your arms slowly as you breathe out through your mouth.  Repeat 6-12 times before you begin step 3.
  3. Fist your hands and place your knuckles at the acupressure points B23 & B47. Begin with one of the points on both sides of your spine and then move your knuckles to the other acupressure point.
  4. Press firmly on these points for a full minute while breathing in and out slowly through your nose.  Then rub briskly on these points for another full minute.
(illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points)

End the session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i:

  • Sit again with your back against the back of your chair as we usually do, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  • Lift your arms out to the sides as you breathe in slowly through your nose using reverse breathing (tighten rather than expand your abdomen as you breathe in).
  • Twist your arms so that your palms face the ceiling, fingertips almost touching overhead.
  • Lower your arms back to your sides as you breathe out slowly through your mouth and release just the lower abdomen.
  • Repeat Centering Ch’i 3 times.

Benefits: Using these points regularly will relieve acne, eczema and reduce bruising on the body.

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Exercise #133 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 11


 

 

Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi

 

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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 http://www.Taoism.net

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This is the same exercise as the one in the previous post.  This time however, we are going to direct the ch’i or energy up the spine all the way to the crown of your  head.  Again, be sure to practice this exercise in a quiet area of your home where there will be no interruptions or distractions.  Music is fine and-  if you have one – a quiet tabletop fountain to aid your complete relaxation.

 

Dan tien through the spinal path to the crown of the head:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in slowly through your nose and visualize the energy rising up your spine and ending at the crown of your head.
  3. Breathe out slowly through your nose and allow the ch’i to return to the lower dan tien which is located 3 finger widths below your belly button in the middle of the body.
  4. Continue to repeat your breaths in and out slowly through your nose for no less that 12 times.
  5. When you are finished sit quietly allowing your energy to settle completely into the storage area in your lower abdomen.

Acupressure point:


  • Click on the illustration above from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Find the acupressure point labeled CV 6 (Sea of Energy).
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.

Benefits: The Sea of Energy acupressure point is effective in relieving general weakness and fatigue and can also strengthen your lower back.

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 #132 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 10


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“Those who wish to take the world and control it
I see that they cannot succeed
The world is a sacred instrument
One cannot control it
The one who controls it will fail
The one who grasps it will lose.”
Tao Te Ching #29:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This exercise requires a great deal of concentration for it to be effective.   We are trying not only to oxygenate the whole body but also develop the ability to direct (with our minds) the flow of energy to a specific area of the body.  When you practice this exercise be sure to conduct your practice in a quiet space where there is no possibility of interruption or distraction.

Dan dien through the spinal path:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly underneath you.
  2. Roll  your shoulders slightly forward and cross your arms in front of your chest.
  3. Breathe in slowly through your nose.  Your mouth should be closed and  your tongue rolled upward behind your teeth resting on the hard palate.
  4. With your mind, direct the energy from your lower dan tien up your spinal column to a point between your shoulder blades.
  5. As you breathe out slowly through your nose, direct the ch’i back down your spine and into the lower dan tien located about 3 finger widths below your belly button in the center of the body.
  6. Repeat this exercise for no less than 6 repetitions.

 

Acupressure point:

(from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeledCV 6 (Sea of Energy). It is approximately 2 finger widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.   Use this point frequently to improve your immunity.

Benefits: This effective point will strengthen your immune system and internal organs and will relieve general weakness.

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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