Healing T’ai Chi
…the award-winning blog of seated Qigong and T’ai Chi exercises to balance body, mind and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
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“Let the people have no cunning and no greed
So those who scheme will not dare to meddle
Act without contrivance
And nothing will be beyond control.”
Tao Te Ching #3, translated by www.Taoism.net
This blog post continues the series of energizing exercises for feet and ankles. We will be lifting our feet off the floor and circling them to loosen up our ankles, increase circulation and direct more energy to the lower extremities. Your legs should be held out straight in front of you but without locking the knees.
Off the floor foot circles:
You won’t be timing your breathing with the foot circles so again take 3 slow, thoughtful breaths before you begin. You should sit as usual with your back against the back of the chair, hips tucked under.
Lift your left foot off the floor with your leg fairly straight but don’t lock your knees. Circles your left foot clockwise for 6 circles, then 6 more circles in a counter clockwise direction.
Lower your left foot to the floor and raise your right again without locking your knee. Circle your right foot in a clockwise direction for 6 circles, then reverse the direction for another 6.
Lift both feet off the floor at the same time and waggle your feet (side to side and up and down) to loosen and relax your ankle muscles.
Lower both feet to the floor so that they are shoulder-width apart and repeat the 3 slow breaths.
Healing ear points:
Click on the illustration above to enlarge it. Locate the position on your ear that is marked “ankle”.
Massage on that point for a full minute then press firmly for another minute.
Change to your other ear and repeat for the same amount of time.
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.~