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Although designed to be done while lying on the floor, the exercise this week will be effective even if it’s more comfortable for you to lie on your bed. As usual, consult your physician before trying any of these exercises particularly if you have had a back injury or surgery.
Opposite arm and leg lifts:
Sit on your bed and take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth before beginning.
Now, position yourself so that you are lying face down on your bed. Breathe in through your nose.
As you breathe out through your mouth, lift your right arm off the bed about 2 to 3 inches.
While continuing to breathe out, lift your left leg as high as possible without strain or pain.
Hold for about 5 seconds and then slowly lower both your arm and your leg while breathing in.
Reverse i.e., lift your left arm and your right leg and hold again for the same amount of time. Remember to breathe with your movements.
Increase the amount of repetitions when possible and also the amount of time you hold your arm and leg up off the mattress.
Sea of Energy (CV 6):
Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
Locate the point marked CV 6. It will be approximately 2 finger-widths below your belly button.
Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute. You may use this point as often as necessary.
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.