Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated Qigong and T’ai Chi exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
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“Heaven and Earth are everlasting
The reason Heaven and Earth can last forever
Is that they do not exist for themselves
Thus they can last forever.”
Tao Te Ching #7, translated by Derek Lin
These energizing exercises are intended to improve the health of your internal organs but, because of the twisting motion of each of them, they are also beneficial for trimming the waist. At this time of the year with all the celebrations that involve delicious food and rich desserts, that benefit is equally important.
Open the bow:
Sit as usual with your back supported by the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
Breathe in slowly through your nose, allowing your diaghram to expand. Bend your elbows and bring your fisted hands to the front of your chest with the backs of your hands touching each other.
Still breathing in, pull your right fist toward your right shoulder, forearm parallel to the floor.
As you breath out through your mouth and tighten your diaphragm, extend your left arm to the left side with the palm facing outward. You will be twisted slightly to the left.
When your arm is fully extended (do not lock your elbow) pause for a moment in both your breathing cycle and arm movements. Breathe in again as you return your left hand to your chest and in front of your left shoulder.
Continue alternating sides for a total of 12 repetitions.
Reflexology for the stomach:
(click on the illustration above for an enlarged view)
This point is toward the outside of the foot at the top of the larger gold area on the chart above. It is the only black dot in that area.
Massage that spot in a circular motion for a few seconds, then press firmly and hold for about 30 seconds. You may alternate feet. Repeat as often as necessary. This spot is beneficial for stomach aches and indigestion and to regulate the functions of that organ.
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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