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“After settling a great dispute There must be remaining resentments How can this be considered good? Therefore the sage holds the left part of the contract But does not demand payment from the other person Those who have virtue hold the contract Those without virtue hold the collections.”
This week we continue to stretch, strengthen and flex the legs, ankle and feet. The exercise below works primarily on ankles but is also beneficial for knees and the muscles of the thigh and lower leg. As always, consult your physician before beginning any new exercise.
Foot flex and point:
- Sit as usual with your back fully supported by the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
- Breathe in and out through your nose concentrating on the breaths and counting them at least 6 to 12 times.
- Breathe in through your nose as you lift your left leg out in front of you. Leg should be stretched but avoid locking your knee.
- Continue to breathe in and out through your nose naturally as you point your toe and then flex it, pulling your toes back toward your ankle. Repeat 6 to 12 times with your left foot.
- Change legs and repeat the pointing and flexing of your right foot for the same number of times as with your left foot.
- Alternating legs, continue with the exercise for a total of 6 repetitions (3 with each foot) if possible.
- Locate the acupressure point labeled B 62 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Sit on the floor or your bed and stretch out one leg in front of you. Bend the other so that you can easily reach this point on your ankle.
- Press firmly with your thumb on B 62 for no less than a full minute. Change legs and press firmly on the other ankle for the same amount of time.
Benefits: This effective point will relieve general foot pain but particularly stiffness and pain in the ankle and heel. Use this point also to help with insomnia.
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.