Exercise #122 – Exercise and Energize Your Legs and Feet, Part 12



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“A good commander achieves result, then stops And does not dare to reach for domination Achieves result but does not brag Achieves result but does not flaunt Achieves result but is not arrogant Achieves result but only out of necessity Achieves result but does not dominate.”
Tao Te Ching #30:3, translated by www.Taoism.net


In this exercise, you will be sweeping one leg across the other thigh and then back.  You may do these sweeps fast or cross one leg over the other, holding your leg above your other thigh and pausing at the fully crossed position and then returning your working leg slowly back to its original position.  I encourage you to try it both ways to see what feels the best and which one seems to have the most beneficial results.  This exercise not only strengthens your thighs but it also stimulates the immune-producing glands located in the groin area.

Leg sweeps lotus:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart and your back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Lift your right leg as you breathe in slowly.  Breathe out and sweep your leg over the thigh of your left leg keeping your working leg (the right leg) lifted above your left if possible.
  3. Change legs and repeat with your left leg sweeping over your right thigh.  Continue to alternate legs for a total of 9 sweeps per leg or 18 sweeps altogether.

Acupressure point:

  • Click on the illustration above (from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points) to enlarge it.  Then find the pressure point labeled, Lv8. This acupressure point is called Crooked Spring.
  • Press firmly on this point for a full minute while breathing in and out slowly and thoughtfully, sending the energy from your hand and fingers into this potent point.
  • Use as often during the day as necessary.  You may use the pressure point on one or both legs.

Benefits: Crooked Spring benefits the knees by relieving knee pain, swelling and fibroids in the knee.

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.~


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