“The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.
Be aware when things are out of balance.
Stay centered within the Tao.”
Tao Te Ching #53, Translated by S. Mitchell
Healing T’ai Chi #29
With the advent of the fall season, those of us with sinus and allergy problems are miserable and know that it’s only going to get worse! The two techniques described below are designed to relieve sinus pressure and headaches that go along with a stuffy head.
Benefits – You will feel an almost immediate relief and an opening of your sinus cavities.
Posture – Sit in a relaxed position upright but not tense. I would recommend leaving your feet shoulder-width apart because you want your ch’i to continue flowing unimpeded along the meridians.
Place your fingers on both sides of your nose in line with the middle of your eye socket.
Massage downward and to each side just under the lower bone of your eye socket.
Continue massaging firmly but gently until you feel your sinus cavities opening up.
If you’re like I am, you have a squeezed feeling in your head when your sinuses are jammed. Even my ears feel clogged! To alleviate this feeling, I use the following massage technique.
Press your thumbs firmly against the back of your ears behind the ear flap.
Rub up and down for a minute or so. If you don’t experience some relief, repeat the movement.
Add another element of relief to your facial and behind-the-ear massage, try the following acupressure point called Facial Beauty.
Locate this effective point at the bottom of each cheekbone, directly below the pupils of your eyes.
Press firmly but gently on these two points, holding your fingers on the cheekbones for no less than 1 minute.
Benefits: Use this point frequently to alleviate a stuffy nose, head congestion, irritated and tired eyes.
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.
Note: 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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