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
“Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?”
Tao Te Ching #10, translated by S. Mitchell
Benefits – Many believe that all the organs of the body are represented on the ears. Therefore, when you massage your ears, you are stimulating and energizing your organs. Rubbing behind your ears will help to relieve earaches while pressing your teeth together will give your jaw muscles a workout and increase the production of saliva.
Posture – Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart, hips tucked under and back supported by the back of your chair.
With your thumbs, massage behind your ears 9 to 12 times. Breathe in and out naturally. Don’t try to time your breaths with the ear massage.
Massage your ears 9 to 12 times, then pull gently on the lobes for an equal amount of time.
Cup your hands over your ears and release for a total of 9 to 12 times. If you have had surgery on your ears or us a hearing aid, skip this part of the massage.
Now, tap your head with the fingertips of both hands, from the base of the skill to the front hairline and then around on both sides in the general outline of the hemispheres of the brain. Continue tapping 9 to 12 times.
Press your teeth together so that your jaw muscles bulge. Don’t grind your teeth or press your teeth together overly hard – just enough to work your jaw muscles. Repeat 9 to 12 times. Don’t use this exercise if you have false teeth. Skip it and go down to the acupressure point described below.
Use the acupressure point, Wind Screen (TW17), to enhance your massage session.
You will find this acupressure point in the indentation behind your earlobe.
Using your middle fingers press behind both ears. If that area is tender, press very lightly and hold for at least one full minute.
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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