Exercise #15 – Brushing Tree Trunk



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If you open yourself to insight,
you are at one with insight
and you can use it completely.”

Tao Te Ching, #23, Translated by S. Mitchell



Practice of the following exercise results in multiple benefits for mind and body.  The twisting motions help to stimulate and massage all the internal organs while glancing in the opposite direction of the torso twist balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain.

Note: If you have any questions or need an additional explanation of the movements for this, or any of the exercises, please type your question(s) into the comment section at the end of this post.  I will respond in the next posting.

Exercise #15 – Brushing Tree Trunk

Benefits: Loosens and flexes neck muscles, balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain and massages internal organs.

Posture: Sit with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Sit so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.  Lift your rib cage, press down on your shoulders and hold your head high.

  1. Extend your arms and reach for the ceiling.  Take a deep breath, expanding your diaphragm.
  2. Blow out as you swing your right arm across your chest to your left side.  Your left arm should still be stretched toward the ceiling.
  3. As your right arm wraps around your waist to the left, twist your head so you’re looking over your right shoulder toward the ceiling.
  4. Swing your right arm back up stretching toward the ceiling as you breathe in.  Reverse the previous action so that your left arm crosses your chest toward the right side as you breathe out and tighten your abdomen.
  5. Look back over your left shoulder toward the ceiling.  Begin breathing in again as you return to your upright posture, both arms raised to the ceiling.
  6. Twist from side to side alternately for a total of 18 times or 9 times on each side.


Illustration by Jane Ramsey 


 Use the acupressure point called Sun Point  to enhance your exercise session.

Benefits: This effective pressure point will improve your memory and concentration while it relieves mental stress, headaches and dizziness.

  • There is a depression at your temple area on both sides of your head about half an inch from your eyebrows.
  • Press on this point gently for 30 to 60 seconds as often throughout the day as needed.

These pressure points are clearly illustrated and marked in MIchael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.

Don’t forget to take a drink of water at the end of your exercises or at any time during the session if you begin to feel thirsty.


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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.~



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