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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.
“I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Tao Te Ching #67, translated by S. Mitchell
Benefits – We continue to work our way from our heads on down to our feet with healing massage. To bring your energy back to the storage areas, the dan tiens, use the exercise Centering Ch’i from previous exercises.
Posture – Sit straight and tall but relaxed with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Keep your torso lifted without straining the muscles of your chest or back.
Put both hands on your abdomen. One of the palms should be above your navel while the second hand is below it, palm against your body.
Circle both hands at the same time but in opposite directions at least 12 times.
Now, reverse your hands so that the one elow your navel is now above it and circle again for at least 12 times in opposite directions.
Sit quietly and breathe in and out when you have completed the massage.
End your session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i.
(Illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
Use the pressure point, Grandfather Grandson (Sp 4), to strengthen and energize your stomach and digestive system.You will find this point on the arch on the inside of your foot about 1 thumb-width behind the ball of your foot in the direction of the heel.
Press firmly on this spot with your leg supported on the thigh of your other leg or while seated on the floor or bed for at least one full minute.
You may change feet and repeat as often as necessary.
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.~