Exercise #73 – Overall Body Massage, Part 8


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…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.

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“If powerful men and women
could remain centered in the Tao,
all things would be in harmony.
The world would become a paradise.
All people would be at peace,
 and the law would be written in their hearts.”
Tao Te Ching #32, translated by S.  Mitchell
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For this massage session, we’re continuing with the feet.  It would probably be best to combine the previous exercise with this one, particularly if you’ve been on your feet all day, have arthritis in your feet or have been wearing new or ill-fitting shoes.

Benefits – This massage will increase the circulation in your feet, relieve aches and pains and stimulate the flow of energy throughout your whole body.

Posture – Sit as usual when you begin.  You will be crossing your leg over the opposite thigh when doing this massage and will be sitting slightly forward.

  1. Begin with 3 slow, cleansing breaths.
  2. Cross your right leg over your left thigh.  Use your left hand to massage each toe individually.
  3. After the third rubbing of each toe, snap your fingers off the end of the toe to release the old, used-up ch’i.
  4. When you finish with the right leg, place your left leg over your right thigh and repeat the toe massage and release for the same number of times on each toe.
  5. Complete your massage session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i.

 Try the acupressure point, Calm Sleep (B 62), to complement your massage session.

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(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
  • You will find this pressure point in the hollow between the outer ankle bone and the Achilles tendon.
  • Press firmly for at least one full minute  on one ankle and then change and press on this point on the opposite ankle.

Benefits: This effective point will reduce swollen feet and ankle, relieve ankle and thigh pain as well as rheumatism in foot joints and lower back pain.

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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2 thoughts on “Exercise #73 – Overall Body Massage, Part 8

  1. Good article. Are those massages that you do to yourself or do you need someone else to perform them on you. A self massage is a good way to relax but i always feel more refreshed after actually going to a massage place and getting it professionally done.

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