Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated exericses based on Qigong and Yang style T’ai Chi for pople of all ages and levels of fitness.
“Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.”
Tao Te Ching #2, translated by S. Mitchell
Touching Heaven and Earth with Both Hands
Benefits – This exercise is similar to Washing the Marrow with Both Hands. The small difference is significant, however, in that the purpose of this exercise is to pull the stale energy out through the top of your head not bring ch’i to the marrow of your bones. Whether you use one or both hands to release the used-up energy is not important. Either method may be used. It is a matter of personal preference and results. Try both methods and see which you like better.
Posture – Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tuck your hips under and press down on your shoulders (even when your arms are overhead).
- Begin with your hands in front of your lower abdomen, palms facing upward, fingers almost touching.
- Breathe in slowly. Then, as you breathe out, lift your arms overhead within 1 or 2 inches of the top of your head, turning the palms so that they are lifted to the ceiling.
- Breathe in again and then breathe out as you slowly press your arms upward pulling the stale ch’i out through the top of your head.
- Breath in once again, then breathe out and lower your hands, turning your arms quickly so that your palms face downward again.
- Stop at the lower abdomen and breathe in again. Then press your hands downward to your sides as you breathe out.
- Repeat for at least 6 times.
Now that you’ve released your used-up energy, try the pressure point Elegant Mansion (K 27) to boost your immunity.
(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points)
You will find these points directly below your collarbone 1 to 2 inches on both sides of your breastbone.
Close your hands into fists and press firmly on these point with your thumbs for a full minute.
Benefits: Use this pressure point frequently to boost your immune system, clear chest congestion, and relieve anxiety and depression.
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.~