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.
” It is more important
To see the simplicity,
To realize one’s true nature,
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire.”
Tao Te Ching #19, translated by Gia Fu Feng and Jane English
This exercise is a continuation of movements from the previous 2 posts. We are striving to energize the neck and shoulders to relieve discomfort and loosen the muscles that often become stiff from tension or because we spend a lot of time hunched over a computer.
When you complete your last head rotation, breathe in and then turn your head to look over your shoulder as you breathe out.
Return to the center and allow your eyes to focus forward. Breathe in again and then turn your head to look over your other shoulder.
Continue to alternate head turns for at least 6 times over each shoulder.
Now, begin turning your head again from side to side but this time, look to the side and up toward the ceiling. Always follow the movements of your head with your eyes so that you also benefit from exercising your eyes.
Return to the center after each look to the side and up. As you return, look at the wall opposite you and focus on that spot as you breathe in again. This will prevent you from getting dizzy from turning from side to side.
Repeat head turns and looking up from side to side for at least 12 times. When finished, sit with your eyes closed while you breathe slowly in and out, concentrating on the movement of your breath and energy.
Use the pressure point Heavenly Pillar (B10) to complete your exercise session.
(illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points)
You will find this effective presure point on the back of your neck on the 2 large ropy muscles.
Press on both muscles with your fingers about1/2 inch below the base of the skull.
Benefits: Heavenly Pillar will help relieve stress and exhaustion as well as a stiff neck or a sore throat.
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.~