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 has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.”
Tao Te Ching #81, translated by S. Mitchell
Relieving Nasal Congestion
Now that we’ve arrived at the flu season and incidents of H1N1 are on the rise, I thought this would be a good time to review massage and pressure points that target nasal congestion, coughing, colds, headaches, and ear infections. So, the subject matter for the next several posts will concentrate on what we can all do to stimulate our immune systems and relieve the miseries of flu and cold symptoms.
Benefits – The following facial massage relieves nasal congestion by opening the sinus cavities alongside the nose and under the eyes.
Posture – Sit as usual with your back flat against the back of your chair by tucking your hips. Make sure your feet remain shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.
- Sit quietly and take the time to breathe in and out slowly at least 3 times.
- Place your hands alongside your nose and rub your fingers from the middle of your nose down and across your cheeks underneath your eyes.
- Repeat at least 12 times and then take 3 breaths slowly in and out to finish your session. Use as often throughout the day as necessary.
Use a combination of 2 pressure points to further relieve the pressure on your sinuses.
- Look carefully at the wonderful illustration above by artist, Jane Ramsey from my book T’ai Chi in a Chair. You will notice the figure has one hand at the Third Eye Point (GV 24.5) and the other at the Posterior Summit (GV 19).
- Press firmly on these 2 points at the same time for at least one full minute while breathing slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth. use throughout the day as often as necessary.
Benefits: These 2 effective pressure points will open your facial sinus cavities, unblocking the congestion that accompanies colds, flu, allergies and sinusitis.
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.~