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.
“When you have names and forms,
know that they are provisional.
When you have institutions,
know where their functions should end.
Knowing when to stop,
you can avoid any danger.”
Tao Te Ching #32, translated by S. Mitchell
Wash the Marrow with Both Hands
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Benefits – This exercise connects the lao gong points on both hands with the bai hui point on the top of the head thereby moving the chi throughout the entire body. At the end of the exercise, the impure energy is released through the soles of your feet.
Posture – Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart flat on the floor. Tuck your hips underneath you so that your back is flat against the back of your chair.
Breathe in slowly through your nose as you lift your hands to mid-chest.
Breathe out as you lift your hands overhead with the palms facing upward. Hold that position for a few seconds.
As you breathe in again, reverse your palms so that they are facing the top of your head, separated by a few inches. Lower your hands to about 6 inches above the crown of your head.
Hold this position for a few seconds while visualizing the energy of your crown.
Breathe out slowly and lower your arms down in front of your body while imagining the healing ch’i washing through the marrow of your bones removing the stale energy and pushing it out through the soles of your feet.
Do this sequence once only and then relax, breathing slowly in and out for a few minutes with your eyes closed.
Use the pressure point Shady Side of the Mountain (Sp 9), to complement your exercise session.
(illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points)
You will find this pressure point on the inside of the leg under the large bulge of the knee bone.
Press firmly on this point for a full minute, breathing slowly in and out.
You may change legs and repeat the acupressure on your opposite leg.
Benefits: This point will relieve various knee problems, swelling of the legs, varicose veins, edema and water retention.
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.~