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“All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.”
Tao Te Ching #66, translated by S. Mitchell
Benefits – We are working on massage techniques – one area at a time – to optimize circulation and the flow of energy throughout the body.
Posture – Sit with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width part. Your hips should be slightly tucked under, spine straight, so that your back is resting against the back of your chair and it is easier for the ch’i to move up and down your spine.
Place your left hand directly under your right shoulder. Place your right hand on top of your left.
Rub across your torso diagonally from right to left, then back again to the shoulder.
Continue rubbing up and down on a diagonal 12 times.
Change hands so that your right hand is placed just under your left shoulder with your left hand on top.
Rub gently but firmly from your left shoulder down to your right hip and back up again for a total of 12 times.
Close out your session by Centering Ch’i and then sitting quietly for a few seconds before moving on to the pressure point described below.
Use the pressure point, Sea of Energy (CV 6), to complete your massage session.
(Illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
You can find this point 3 finger-widths below your navel.
Press firmly on this spot for no less than 60 seconds.
Benefits: This effective point will relieve pain in your abdominal area bringing relief to problems such as contstipation, gas and colitis.
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.~