Exercise #190 – Arthritis Exercises and Acupressure Points, Part 6

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 “The soft and weak overcomes the tough and strong
Fish cannot leave the depths
The sharp instruments of the state
Cannot be shown to the people.”

Tao Te Ching #36:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net


In this week’s exercise we will be lifting our arms overhead.  If you are unable to lift your arms that high comfortably, you can leave your arms in front of your chest instead but continue with the torso lifts as instructed.  You will still benefit from the exercise in spite of this modification.

Torso stretches:

  1. Begin as usual with your legs shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor, back supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose only for 6 to 12 times before you begin lifting your arms.
  3. Breathe in again and lace your hands.  Breathe out and lift your arms overhead twisting your wrists so that your palms are facing the ceiling.
  4. Breathe in with your arms stationary overhead.  Breathe out again and lift your torso (don’t stretch your arms, just your torso).  Be sure not to lock your elbows.
  5. Breathe in and then breathe out as you stretch your torso a little bit higher.
  6. Breathe in again in the fully stretched position then breathe out as you lower your hands back to your lap.
  7. Repeat all the steps from #3 through #6.
  8. Shake  out your arms if they are overly tense and relax, breathing in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20):

  •  Locate the acupressure point labeled GB 20 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly with your two thumbs on each of the points allowing your fingers to rest against your skull.  continue pressing firmly just under the bottom edge of the skull for a full minute.
  • Use this acupressure point often to relieve general arthritis as well as neck pain, irritability, headaches, insomnia and fatigue.

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 health article:  http://www.prevention.com/health/natural-remedies/top-10-prescription-drugs-and-natural-remedies

This week’s natural remedy:   http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/arthritis-in-hand.html

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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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