Exercise #134 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 1


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“The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders.”
 
Tao Te Ching, #1, translated at http:www.Taoism.net

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The next several exercises will incorporate acupressure points with simple breathing exercises.  Our purpose with this series is to stimulate the organs and glands that govern skin functions in order to rejuvenate and tone the skin particularly in the area of the face.  We’ll close out each session with the Centering Ch’i exercise.

Sea of Vitality:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  This time sit forward slightly so you can comfortably reach your back.
  2. Lift your arms over your head as you inhale through your nose.  Hold for a moment, then lower your arms slowly as you breathe out through your mouth.  Repeat 6-12 times before you begin step 3.
  3. Fist your hands and place your knuckles at the acupressure points B23 & B47. Begin with one of the points on both sides of your spine and then move your knuckles to the other acupressure point.
  4. Press firmly on these points for a full minute while breathing in and out slowly through your nose.  Then rub briskly on these points for another full minute.
(illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points)

End the session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i:

  • Sit again with your back against the back of your chair as we usually do, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  • Lift your arms out to the sides as you breathe in slowly through your nose using reverse breathing (tighten rather than expand your abdomen as you breathe in).
  • Twist your arms so that your palms face the ceiling, fingertips almost touching overhead.
  • Lower your arms back to your sides as you breathe out slowly through your mouth and release just the lower abdomen.
  • Repeat Centering Ch’i 3 times.

Benefits: Using these points regularly will relieve acne, eczema and reduce bruising on the body.

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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