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“The space between Heaven and Earth
Is it not like a bellows?
Empty, and yet never exhausted
It moves, and produces more.”
Tao Te Chin #5:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net
This week we continue with exercises for the neck, an area considered by the Chinese to be the gateway between the mind and the body and, therefore, of great importance in releasing stress and improving health. In this exercise we will be moving the head from side to side. Never force your head toward your shoulders. Allow your head to drop naturally and, as always, consult your health care provider before beginning this exercise particularly if you have had an injury or surgery on your neck.
Side to side head drops:
- Begin by sitting with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
- Take 6 to 12 slow, centering breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth before you start the head tilts.
- Allow your head to fall naturally toward your right shoulder as you breathe out through your nose.
- Return your head to the center position while breathing in through your nose.
- Now, allow your head to drop toward your left shoulder breathing out through your nose.
- Return your head to the upright position while breathing in through your nose (breaths will necessarily be rather short).
- Continue tilting your head from side to side slowly for at least 12 repetitions.
Wind Mansion (GV 16)
(Illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points)
- If necessary, click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
- Locate the acupressure point labeled GV 16.
- Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute. The recommended time is usually 3 to 5 minutes.
Benefits: This acupressure point is beneficial for eyes, ears, nose and throat, It is particularly helpful to relieve headaches, vertigo and stiff or painful necks.
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.~