Exercise #25 – Drawing Silk from the Cocoon




“People are born gentle and weak,

At their death they are hard and stiff.

Green plants are tender and filled with sap.

At their death they are withered and dry.

Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.

The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.”

Lao Tzu



At one time, silk was drawn from the cocoon by hand.  The following exercise mimics the movement that would have been necessary to retrieve the silken threads from a cocoon without damaging the filaments.  To draw out the silk, the movement must be smooth and consistent without jerking or changing direction too abruptly.  Too fast and the silk thread will break; too slow and the thread will stick to itself and become tangled.


Exercise #25 – Drawing Silk from the Cocoon

Benefits: The silk reeling exercise produces a state of mental relaxation in which the mind is alert but conscious of the movement of energy from the lower dan tien through the trunk and out to the fingers of both hands.

Posture: Sit in  your usual position with your feet shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair, head held high but without tension.

  1. Begin a slow breath in through your nose as you lift both arms at the same time with the backs of your wrists leading the movement.
  2. When you reach eye level and are ready to inhale, change the position of your hands so that the wrist is leading your arm movement downward.  Fingers will be pointed toward the ceiling.
  3. Breathe out through your mouth as you bring your hands back to rest on your thighs.  Make sure that the upward and downward movements are smooth and continuous.


Try the acupressure point, Spirit Gate, to enhance this relaxing exercise.


  • Spirit Gate is located on the inside of the arm on the outer edge of the wrist crease.
  • Press firmly on this point (one hand at a time) for no less than 30 seconds.  Repeat the pressure on  your other wrist for an equal amount of time.

Benefits: Use this pressure point whenever you are feeling nervous or anxious.  This potent point also relieves emotional imbalances, fear and forgetfulness.


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



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 regarding the amount of water appropriate for your condition.




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