Exercise #154 – Neck Loosening and Relaxing Exercises, Part 3

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“The world has a beginning
We regard it as the mother of the world
Having its mother
We can know her children
Knowing her children
Still holding on to the mother
Live without danger all through life.”

Tao Te Ching #52:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net


For this week’s exercise we will be moving the head in a circle to loosen the muscles of the neck.  These circles are half circles only. Bend your head to your shoulder then down to the chest then back up to the other shoulder and return to the upright position.  Don’t tilt your head to the back-only to the chest and then upright.  Again, if  you have had an injury to your neck or surgery on your neck or even on your shoulders, please check with your health care provider before attempting this exercise.

Head half circles:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your legs shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor, head upright and shoulders pressed downward.
  2. Breathe in through your nose and tilt your head over your right shoulder.
  3. Circle your head down toward your chest as you breathe out through your nose.
  4. Halfway through the arc, begin breathing in again through your nose and swing your head slowly to the left shoulder and then return to the upright position.
  5. Repeat steps #2 through #4 for a total of 6 times.
  6. Reverse the direction of your circle by tilting your head toward your left shoulder this time and completing 6 arcs left to right returning each time to the upright position.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the point labeled GB 20.
  • Press firmly with your thumbs on these points where there is a hollow on each side of the neck at the base of the skull between the two large muscles that support your head.  Hold your thumbs on these acupressure points for 1 to 3 minutes or 3 to 5 minutes if you have a particularly stiff or sore neck.



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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