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.
“Nothing in the world
is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it.”
Tao Te Ching #78, translated by S. Mitchell
The first massage opens the sinuses and is beneficial for the large intestine. The second relaxes the eyes and stimulates the movement of energy and circulation to tired eyes.
Benefits – This massage will improve the appearance of your facial skin and brighten your eyes.
Posture – Sit upright but relaxed with your legs shoulder-width apart and feet flat on the floor. Tuck your hips under you so that the energy can move unimpeded through your trunk to the top of your head.
Place the middle fingers of both hands at the side of your mouth.
Run your fingers alongside your nose, past your eyebrows all the way to your hairline.
Reverse the direction and continue moving your fingers up and down for a total of 9 times.
Now, using either your middle fingers or the knuckles of your thumbs, begin at the inside edge of your eyebrows and run your fingers around your eyes on the bones of the eye sockets. One hand will be moving clockwise while the other will be moving counterclockwise at the same time.
Use moderate pressure and make sure you are on the bone not pressing into the eye socket. Repeat 9 times then reverse directions by beginning alongside your nose and moving your fingers up and to the inside edge of your eyebrows.
Use the pressure point Four Whites (St. 2) to complete your massage session.
You can find this pressure point about 1/2 inch below the center of your lower eye ridge in the indentation.
Press firmly on this point for a full minute one side at a time or both sides together.
Benefits: Using this point regularly will relieve burning or dry eyes, sinus pain, and headaches.
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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