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.
“If you realize that you have enough,
you are truly rich.
If you stay in the center
and embrace death with your whole heart,
you will endure forever.”
Tao Te Ching #33, translated by S. Mitchell
Self-massage has always been an integral part of the practice of qigong. For the next several postings, we will concentrate on the face and head.
Benefits – This particular massage will bring blood to the surface of your face giving you a more youthful, healthy appearance. The best times to use this massage are in the evening, just before bed or in the morning.
Posture – Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
Rub your hands together to warm up your palms. Lightly circle your hands over your face emphasizing an upward movement. Extend the movement into your scalp then repeat massaging your face from the chin upward.
Re-warm your hands again if necessary then use your right hand massaging your forehead from right to left 9 times.
Change hands and massage from left to right for the same number of times.
Use the acupressure point, Facial Beauty (St 3), to improve the circulation in your face.
This pressure point is located at the bottom of the cheekbone directly below the pupil of your eye.
Press gently but firmly on this point for no less than one minute. You may do both sides at the same time.
Benefits: This effective point can relieve acne, facial blemishes, sagging cheeks and sallow skin.
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.
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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.~