Exercise #172 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 4

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“I have three treasures
I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called compassion
The second is called conservation
The third is called not daring to be ahead in the world
Compassionate, thus able to have courage
Conserving, thus able to reach widely
Not daring to be ahead in the world
Thus able to assume leadership
Now if one has courage but discards compassion
Reaches widely but discards conservation
Goes ahead but discards being behind
Then death!
If one fights with compassion, then victory
With defense, then security
Heaven shall save them
And with compassion guard them.”

Tao Te Ching #67:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net


This week’s exercise combines  slow and thoughtful breathing with massage and an acupressure point.  Make sure you are in a comfortable chair in a quiet space in your home.  Relaxing music and the soothing sounds of a tabletop waterfall or fountain can set the stage for a refreshing interval in your busy day.  Please take a look at the music suggested below in the section entitled “This Week’s Featured Items from the Healing Tai Chi Store”.

Opening the sinuses:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with  your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Take 3 slow, controlled breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Beginning at the side of your nose about midway, slide your fingers down and then out underneath your cheekbones until you are directly underneath the pupils of your eyes.
  3. Continue sliding your fingers downward and underneath your cheekbones for about 12 repetitions as you breathe in and out through  your nose only.
  4. Using your thumbs, press up underneath your eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows.
  5. Continue pressing with both thumbs for no less than a full minute while again breathing slowly in and out through your nose.

Center of Power (CV 12) :

  • Click on the illustration above from Gach’s vook, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled CV 12 about midway between your belly button and the base of your breastbone..
  • Using the fingertips of both hands, press upward on this point while leaning slightly forward with your upper body for a full minute.  While you are pressing on this effective point, breathe deeply.

Caution:  Do not use this point if you are or have recently been seriously ill.

Benefits:  This effective point will relieve frustration, emotional stress, headaches and will help to balance and harmonize the stomach.

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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This week’s featured item from the Healing Tai Chi Store:



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Circle breathing:  http://www.prevention.com/health/health/emotional-health/stress-and-circle-breath/article/f47a8169c1903110VgnVCM20000012281eac____ 

Herbal remedies:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/herbal-allergy-relief.html 

Exercise video: 

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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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