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“It is easy to hold what is still.
It is easy to plan for what has not begun.”
Tao Te Ching, #64:1
Healing T’ai Chi Exercise #38
There are 3 parts to this exercise. The first part warms and massages the area around your knee cap. The second will release energy to your knees while the third helps to strengthen your lower back and to calm spasms of the sciatic nerve.
Benefits – The outer meridian of your leg joins with the inner meridian of your leg at the laogong point behind the ball of your foot, releasing energy to heal and strengthen your knee, lower leg and lower back.
Posture – During the first 2 sections of the exercise, you should be sitting with your hips tucked under, though you will need to sit forward on your chair. For the third part, allow your back to regain its natural curve while still sitting forward.
Gently massage each kneecap for 30 to 60 seconds.
Then, circle both knees with your hands loosening your knees and ankles, clockwise and then counter clockwise.
Sit with your feet together and push your knees apart. Then allow your knees to go back together. Continue parting and releasing your knees at least 12 times.
Try the pressure point B53, Commanding Activity, to enhance your exercise session. This point should be used whenever your knees ache or become stiff from arthritis or too much or too little exercise.
You can locate this point on the outside edge of the knee crease when your knees are bent.
Press on the points on both knees at the same time or alternate knees making certain you are using equal pressure on both and for the same amount of time.
Hold your thumbs at these points for no less than 30 to 60 seconds. You may also find it beneficial to rub briskly on these points for one full minute to warm up the area.
Benefits: Use this effective point to relieve knee pain and stiffness as often as necessary.
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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~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only. Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~