Exercise #152 – Neck Loosening and Relaxing Exercises, Variation on Part 1

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“Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom.”

Tao Te Chi 14:3, translated at http://www.Taoism.net


This week’s exercise is a variation on the previous one you practiced last week.  Here we combine the head movements with acupressure points on both shoulders.  If you have had an injury or surgery on your neck, always consult your health care provider before trying any of these exercises.


Head to chest and back with Shoulder Well acupressure point:

  1. Begin by sitting with your back fully supported by the back of your chair feet shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.
  2. Take 6 to 12 slow, thoughtful breaths in and out of your nose while visualizing the movement of ch’i through the upper part of your body, your neck and head.
  3. Bend your arms, curve the fingers of both hands and press on the top of your shoulder muscles close to the base of your neck.
  4. Breathe in through your nose then out through your mouth as you bend your head forward slowly toward your chest.
  5. Hold for a moment as you gradually increase the pressure of your fingers on your shoulders.  Breathe in through your nose again as you return your head to the upright position.
  6. Breathe out again through your mouth (continue to press on your shoulders) and lower your head slowly and carefully to the back.
  7. Breathe in again through your nose and return your head to the upright position.
  8. Continue bending your head forward to the chest and back remembering to breathe out each time you do.  Repeat for at least 6 bends forward and backward.

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the 2 pressure points on the top of the shoulders labeled GB 21.  This is the area you should be pressing on for this exercise.


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.~




3 thoughts on “Exercise #152 – Neck Loosening and Relaxing Exercises, Variation on Part 1

  1. I am 80. Recently I develop high blood pressure. It is about 160/80, I have sensation of tightness in my feet since last 5 years. I do not have diabetis, b12 deficiency,iron deficiency or any apparent cause for the symptom. I do yoga and other holistic therapy.
    Another problem is excessive frequency or urination sepecially at night. This disturbs my sleep. I will also appreciate if some therapy is suggested for insomnia. thnks.

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