Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
” In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.”
Tao Te Ching #8, translated by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English
We are continuing with our exercises to relax and energize the neck and shoulders. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers this area of the body to be the gateway between the mind and the body and, as such, to be an area where tension and negative emotions tend to settle.
Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.
When you complete the last head bend from the previous exercise, drop your head to one shoulder (no straining, please) and then the other.
Count 6 complete head drops alternating sides. On the 6th head lean, circle your head down toward your chest and then back up to the center position 6 times.
When you complete the last circle, lean or drop your head to your shoulder 6 times alternating sides.
On the 6th head lean, circle your head again down to your chest and back to upright position 6 times. These circles are really half circles in that you don’t drop your head backwards when rotating it.
When you complete the head leans and circles, sit quietly for a few moment while you breathe in and out slowly and with concentration.
Try the pressure point Wind Mansion (GV 16) to complement your exercise session.
(illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points)
You will find this point in the center of the back of your head in the large hollow directly beneath your skull.
Press firmly on this point for a full minute.
Benefits: This point is good for your eyes, ears, nose and throat. It will relieve headaches vertigo or a stiff neck and neck.
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.~