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.
“As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn’t enough.”
Tao Te Ching #77, translated by S. Mitchell
Benefits – This exercise and the following ones will help to spread the ch’i throughout your body.
Posture – Sit in your usual position with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back flat against the back of your chair.
Rub your palms together to warm them up.
Massage your face with your palms, gently circling them from your forehead around your checks and chin.
Then, put one palm over the crown of your head and gently circle in one direction. Change hands and circle the palm in the other direction.
Center Ch’i beginning with your hands, palms up, in front of your lower abdomen. Inhale and tighten your abdomen as you lift your arms out to the side (palms down) and over your head. As your arms get level with your head, flip your hands over quickly so that your palms are facing the ceiling, fingertips slightly apart. Repeat 3 times.
Then, sit quietly breathing in through your nose as you expand your diaphragm and breathe out through your mouth tightening your abdomen until you feel calm and energized.
Use the pressure point Drilling Bamboo (B2) to enhance your massage session.
(Illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
You can find this point at the indentations outside the bridge of the nose on the inner edge of the eyebrows.
Press upward on these points firmly for at least 30 seconds. Repeat during the day if necessary.
Benefits: Use this point to relieve painful, red eyes, foggy vision or hay fever.
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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