Exercise #202 – Arthritis Exercises and Acupressure Points, Part 18

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“In holding the soul and embracing oneness
Can one be steadfast, without straying?
In concentrating the energy and reaching relaxation
Can one be like an infant?
In cleaning away the worldly view
Can one be without imperfections?
In loving the people and ruling the nation
Can one be without manipulation?
In the heavenly gate’s opening and closing
Can one hold to the feminine principle?
In understanding clearly all directions
Can one be without intellectuality?”

Tao Te Ching 10:1 translated at http://www.taoism.net


This week, we’re continuing with exercises of the lower leg, ankles and feet to relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis.  As always, check with your physician before you begin any new exercise.

Leg up ankle circles:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose for 6 to 12 times slowly and thoughtfully.
  3. Lift your left leg directly in front of you.  Your leg should be straight but don’t lock your knee.
  4. Breathe in and out naormally through your nose only.  Don’t try to time your breaths with the circling of your foot.
  5. Begin circling clockwise for 12 circles.  Then, circle your foot in the other direction or counterclockwise for the same number of circles.
  6. Lower your left foot to the floor and raise your right leg out straight in front of you.
  7. Circle your right foot clockwise 12 times and then counterclockwise 12 times.
  8. When you’ve completed the circles with your right foot, lower your foot to the floor.  Sit quietly and breathe in and out slowly through your nose only 6 to12 times to complete your exercise session.

Falling Tears (GB 41):

  1. GB 41is located atthe top of the foot between the little toe and the fourth toe at the beginning of the webbing between these two toes.
  2. Press firmly on this spot for no less than a full minute.
  3. You may change feet and repeat the pressure on  your other foot.  Be sure to hold your finger on this point for the same amount of time.

Benefits:  This effective point will relieve the stiffness and pain of arthritis in your feet and ankles.  When we experience pain in a particular area of the body, our emotional response to that pain restricts the flow of energy.  Using this point frequently will restore the normal flow of energy.

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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