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Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated exercises based on Qigong and Yang style T’ai Chi for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
“The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.”
Tao Te Ching #12, translated by S. Mitchell
Benefits – The following massage points will relax your facial muscles, tone your skin bringing energy and nourishing blood closer to the surface. If you have a lotion you particularly like, use it for your forehead, cheeks and chin.
Posture – Sit with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart. Tuck your hips underneath you so that your back rests flat against the back of your chair.
Rub your hands together briskly then palm your eyes while you take 3 slow breaths in and out. Repeat 3 times, rubbing your hands together between palmings.
Using your thumbs and index fingers, gently squeeze your eyebrows moving your fingers from the inside edge (closest to your nose) to the outside edge. Repeat the sliding motion 9 times.
Using the fingertips of both hands, massage your forehead beginning at the spot between your eyebrows, moving upward and outward no less than 9 times. Remember to continue breathing slowly in and out as you massage each part of your face (the breaths need not be times with the movements of your fingers).
Now, massage your temples upward and outward at least nine times.
Press firmly on either side of your nose and run your fingertips downward and along the bottom edge of your eye socket bone.
Massage your chin upward and outward 9 times.
Bend over from your hips so that your head is hanging down between your knees. Allow your arms to dangle alongside your thighs. Relax the muscles of your face with lips slightly parted. Breathe lightly in and out through your nose only.
Remain in this position for a full minute if you can. If you begin to feel dizzy or lighthead, return slowly to an upright position and slowly breathe in and out.
At the end of this session sit quietly breathing slowly in and out 6 times, concentrating on each breath.
Use the pressure point, Facial Beauty (St.3), to enhance your massage.
Find Facial Beauty at the bottom of your cheekbone directly beneath the pupil of your eye.
Press firmly on this point for a full 60 seconds.
Benefits: This point will help to relieve eye fatigue, head congestion and a stuffy nose.
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.~