Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated T’ai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
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“In holding the soul and embracing oneness
Can one be steadfast, without straying?
In concentrating the energy and reaching relaxation
Can one be like an infant?”
Tao Te Ching #10, translated by Derek Lin
In this series of exercises we are concentrating on movements that will stimulate, energize and massage our internal organs. We tend to ignore these important organs in spite of the fact that the health of each of them is vital to our overall well-being. None of the exercises are geared to one particular organ – all are benefitted by the movements and oxygenated by the specific breathing pattern that we have been practicing.
Palms up torso twists:
Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floot, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly underneath you.
Breathe in slowly as you lift both arms out to the side, palms facing downward.
- Turnt to your left as you breathe out slowly and twist your arms so that your palms face upward. Remember this action locks the ch’i as it’s traveling down your arms
- At the furthest point of the waist twist quickly release your arms thereby unlocking the ch’i and allowing it to rush strongly down to your hands and fingertips. At this point your palms are facing downward again. Begin breathing out slowly as you turn back to the center.
- Repeat to your right side and alternate with left and right twists for a total of 12 times i.e., 6 twists to each side.
Locate the liver point on the bottom of your foot on the inside of your foot at about the middle of your arch and a thumb’s width inward. Click on the link below to see a chart of this and other points on the bottom of your foot:
- Massage and knead this point for a few seconds and then hold your thumb firmly on the liver point for at least a full minute.
- Change feet and repeat the steps above.
Benefits: This reflexology/acupressure point is essential to your well-being particularly if you are taking prescribed medications that may adversely affect the health of your liver.
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.~