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“The people’s hunger
Is due to the excess of their ruler’s taxation
So they starve
The people’s difficulty in being governed
Is due to the meddling of their ruler
So they are difficult to govern
The people’s disregard for death
Is due to the glut in their ruler’s pursuit of life
So they disregard death
Therefore those who do not strive for living
Are better than those who value living.”
The exercise this week is once again for lower back pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This exercise can easily be performed while lying on your bed. Remember, though, to check with your doctor before trying any of these exercises.
Stomach muscle tightening:
Sit comfortably on your bed before beginning the exercise. Take 6 slow, relaxing breaths in and out through your nose.
Lie down on your back and as you breathe in through your nose, pull your navel in and up.
Hold for a slow count of 3 to 6 and then release the muscle of your abdomen as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
Complete 3 repetitions and then relax and see how you feel. If your stomach muscles don’t feel too tense and if you have discomfort, repeat the in and up tightening for another 3 repetitions.
When you are completely comfortable with 6 repetitions, increase to nine and then 12.
Commanding Middel (B54)
Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view if necessary.
Locate the acupressure point labeled B54.
Press firmly on this point with your thumbs for 1 to 3 minutes often during the day when you are experiencing lower back pain or a flare-up of sciatica.
Benefits: This potent point will relieve back apin, sciatice, knee pain, back siffness as well as arthritis in the knees, back and hips.
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.