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.
“Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.”
Tao Te Ching #63, translated by S. Mitchell
The following massage soothes and relaxes the muscles of your arms while increasing your circulation and the flow of energy to that part of your body.
To answer the question posed by Test Freak in his/her comment – yes, these massage therapies will work over time. It’s such a treat to go to a massage therapist for a full body massage but that may not always be possible. Learning massage techniques to use on yourself or others in your household is a great way to stay healthy. And you can use these techniques every day in your own home!
Benefits – This is a great massage if you have overused your hands or arms.
Posture – Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart. Tuck your hips under you and breathe slowly as you move your hands up and down your arms
Start at the tips of your fingers and rub your hand on the outside of your arm upward toward your shoulder. Breathe in.
Press your hand against your arm and move it downward to the palm of your hand as you breathe out.
Continue moving your hand up and down your arm about 12 times.
Change hands and arms and repeat for the same number of times.
Complete your massage session with Centering Ch’i.
Use the pressure point, Joining the Valley (LI 4) to complement your massage session.
(taken from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
You can find this point on the webbing between your thumb and index finger at the highest point on the muscle that forms when you put your thumb and index finger together.
Press firmly on this point for a full minute breathing slowly and naturally. Change hands and repeat
Warning: Do not use if you are pregnant. It can cause premature contractions.
Benefits: This point will help to relieve inflammation in your hands, wrist, elbows and neck. It is also a particularly effective point to stimulate your immune system.
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.~