Exercise #162 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 7


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“The highest goodness resembles water
Water greatly benefits myriad things without contention
It stays in places that people dislike
Therefore it is similar to the Tao.”

Tao Te Ching #8:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

The exercise this week is a bit harder than the previous ones.  You will need to be careful when you first try out this exercise.  You’ll be sitting fairly close to the edge of your chair so if your balance is not particularly good, skip this exercise and go back to a previous one that seemed beneficial and safe.  As always, consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise.

Arm stretches behind:

  1. Before you begin, take at least six slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Slide to the edge of your chair – carefully, not too far.  You will be bringing your arms up behind  you.  Make sure there is enough clearance so that you don’t bang your hands or arms on your chair.
  3. Now, lace your fingers with your arms behind you. Breathe in and then breathe out as you bend over your thighs lifting your arms up behind you as far as they will go.
  4. Hold for a few seconds, then breathe in again as you lower your arms and sit up straight.
  5. Continue bending over your thighs and lifting your laced hands upward as far as is comfortable.
  6. Repeat 6 to 12 times if possible.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)

  • Look at the photo above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent points, to see where this man has his fingers.
  • Using  your thumbs,  locate these points directly below your skull and between the two large muscles in the back of your neck.
  • Press on both sides for a full minute breathing in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits:  These effective points will relieve arthritis in your shoulders, neck and head.   Use these points to alleviate the pain of a headache and to relax a stiff 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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