Exercise #75 – Healing the Kidneys, Part 1


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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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 “Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep.”
Tao Te Ching #67, translated by S. Mitchell
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Healing the Kidneys, Part 1

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One of my students has recently been dealing with kidney disease.   So we’ve been working on exercises and pressure points designed to strengthen the kidneys and relieve the symptoms.

This exercise is called “Wash the Marrow with One Hand”.  You will be lining up your lao gong acupoint on your hand with the ming men or “gate of life” on your back.  The crown point on your head is known as bai hui and is the place at which the yang energy of the back meets the yin energy of the front of the body.  Bai hui is where multiple forms of energy converge.

Whether or not you suffer from kidney or kidney-related illness, this exercise will benefit your overall health because it balances all yang and yin energy in the body.  As always, consult with your health provider before using any new exercises.

Benefits –  Not only is this exercise beneficial for your adrenals and kidneys but it is also healing for your whole body because it balances your yin and yang.

Posture – You will need to move away from the back of your chair to do this exercise however, your feet should remain flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.

  1. Breathe in slowly as you move your left hand behind your lower back palm facing outward.
  2. Place your right hand over your head about 6 inches above the crown point.  Breath slowly out and then in again.
  3. Very slowly move your right hand down the front of your body as you continue to breathe slowly and thoughfully in and out.  Imagine the healing energy moving from the top of your head, through the marrow of your bones from your skull down to the bottom of your feet.
  4. Allow your right hand to gently drift to your side while you move your left hand gradually away from your back and down to your side.
  5. Bring both hands back to rest on top of your thighs and breathe slowly in and out.
  6. Then change hands so that your left hand is above the crown of your head and the right is resting against your lower back.  Repeat the exercise alternating hands for a total of 6 times.

In traditional Chinese medicine, water retention and edema are considered to be the result of weakness in the kidneys or the spleen.  Try the following acupressure point, Sea of Energy,  to complement your marrow washing exercise session.

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(illustration from Acupresure’s Potent points by Michael Reed Gach)
  • You will find this pressure point 2 finger-widths directly below your belly button.  Press firmly on this point for a full minute. 

Benefits:  This pressure point will relieve water retention, constipation, gas and chronic diarrhea.

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.~

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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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Featured video:

Find great deals on home exercise equipment at the Exercise Equipment Super Store.

T’ai Chi in a Chair: Easy 15-Minute Routines for Beginners is now available exclusively at Barnes and Noble.

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http://mybodysite.com/Publish/index.php

http://www.reikibyrockie.com

 

~The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.~

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One thought on “Exercise #75 – Healing the Kidneys, Part 1

  1. Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read.. 🙂

    -Bill-Bartmann

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