Eercise #198 – Arthritis Exercises and Acupressure Points, Part 14

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“Plan difficult tasks through the simplest tasks
Achieve large tasks through the smallest tasks
The difficult tasks of the world
Must be handled through the simple tasks
The large tasks of the world
Must be handled through the small tasks
Therefore, sages never attempt great deeds all through life
Thus they can achieve greatness.”

Tao Te Ching #63:2 translated at


The exercise this week involves stretching both legs out to the side of your chair in a straddle position.   A chair without arms works better than one with arms that might impede your ability to stretch each leg out as far as possible.   You don’t have to be able to do a complete straddle split for this exercise to be effective.  All we want to do is stretch the muscles of the inner thigh as much as is comfortable for you.  As usual, consult your priimary health provider before attempting any new exercise.

Chair straddles:

  1. Begin as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Your back should be supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times slowly and in a relaxed manner before you begin the next steps.
  3. Breathe in through your nose and then slide your right leg out to the side of  your chair (you may have to move slightly forward in your chair).  Breathe out through your mouth and slide your left leg out to the left side of your chair.
  4. Remain in this position for a few seconds before your return each leg to the front.
  5. Continue with the straddle stretch for at least 6 times.

Bigger Rushing (Lv 3):

  •  Locate the point labeled Lv 3 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly for a full minute on the top of your foot in the valley between your big toe and the next toe.
  • You can use this point as often as necessary.

Benefits:  This effective poitn will relieve arhtritis, allergies and foot cramps.

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.


Seated Taiji and Qigong:

Guided Therapeutic Exercises to Manage Stress and Balance Mind, Body

Cynthia W. Quarta
Foreword by Michelle Maloney Vallie

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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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