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.
“The Master doesn’t try to be powerful;
thus he is truly powerful.
The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;
thus he never has enough.”
Tao Te Ching #38, translated by S. Mitchell
We continue our whole body massage, concentrating this time on the legs. Whenever you are moving your hands down your legs be sure to breathe out and then take a slow breath in when your hands move back up your legs.
Benefits – These massage techniques will improve your circulation and guarantee the proper flow of energy from the top of your head to the bottoms of your feet.
Posture – Your posture will remain the same as it has been in the previous postings. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and shoulder-width apart. Sit up straight but without straining while allowing your back to be fully supported by the back of your chair.
Using both hands, rub up the inside of your leg as you breathe in slowly.
Move your hands to the outside of your leg and rub downward while breathing out.
Continue masaging your leg up and down for no less than 9 times.
Change legs and begin again on the inside of your leg with both hands.
When you have finished your massage, sit quietly and slowly work your way through 3 sets of Centering Ch’i.
Use the acupressure point, Supporting Mountain (B 57), to relieve leg cramps.
(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
You will find this pressure point in the center of your calf muscle at its base.
Press firmly on one or both legs at the same time for at least 1 full minute. Use as often as necessary.
Benefits: This is a very effective point for relieving leg cramps of all kinds, knee pain and swollen feet.
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.~