Exercise #205 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Seasonal Allergies

Welcome to Healing Tai Chi !

Books by Cynthia W. Quarta

Seated Taiji and Qigong: Guided Therapeutic Exercises to Manage Stress and Balance Mind, Body and Spirit

 Foreword by Michelle Maloney Vallie

Published by Singing Dragon, February 2012

This book is available from Barnes and Noble in print or from Amazon in both print and ebook format.


“A welcome addition to the sadly neglected area of exercises for the less physically able.”

                Gordon Faulkner, author of the award-winning Managing Stress with Qigong

“Seated Taiji and Qigong reveals the secret of health, happiness and peace.  Herein lays an invaluable tool for the mental health professionals offering a free, sustainable source of energy, an avenue for self-care, and a therapeutic exercise aiding clients in easing their stress while motivating and energizing them.”

                                Wanda S. Diekhans, MPC, LCPC, Good Grief Counseling, USA

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Published in 2001 by Fair Winds Press


 “This book was introduced to me by my Tai Chi Instructor as I was beginning my own journey as an Instructor.  While teaching either standing or sitting in a chair, I have been able to blend Cynthia’s information into the class.  Introducing/recommending this book to others is a must!!  The simplified way it is written and explained will definitely help others in their journey no matter what level of ability.  Cynthia makes it easy to work the program into your day and life.  I encourage anyone, instructor or student, to add this book to their health library!”

                                              Tammy Cropp, Tai Chi Instructor

“If you are a fitness professional and teach chair based classes this book will open a whole new world for you.  If you teach tai chi or yoga and are looking for a way to create the tai chi or yoga practice in a chair, this book is your road map.  If you are experiencing frailty as a result of chronic illness or injury or from a sedentary life style, you will find Cynthia Quarta’s 15 minute practices very healing.  I am a raving fan of Tai Chi in a Chair!  I have incorporated Cynthia’s 15 minutes practice in my tai chi classes and into my own personal practice with excellent results.  I have been recommending this book to other tai chi instructors and my students.”

                                       Denise Murray, ACSM HFS, YogaAllianceRYT


It’s that time of the year again – stuffy nose, headaches, sneezing, coughing and teary eyes.  The next few exercises and acupressure points will provide at least a bit of relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies.


Alternate nostril breathing exercise:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart with your back supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Hold your right nostril closed with your finger as you breathe in slowly through your left
  3. Change hands and hold your left nostril closed a breathe out slowly through your right nostril.
  4. Continue breathing in through your left nostril and out through your right for about 6 times.
  5. Now, hold your left nostril closed and breathe in slowly through your right.  Then, change sides breathing out slowly through your left nostril for the same amount of time.

Drilling Bamboo (B 2):

  •  Locate the acupressure points labeled B 2 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.   They are at the indentation of the inner eye socket where the bridge of the nose meets your eyebrow ridge.
  •  Press firmly on these two points with your thumbs for no less than a full minute as you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits:  These effective points will relieve hay fever, sinus pain, blurry vision (caused by sinus pressure), and headaches.


Did you know…?

There are 11 famous Chinese medical books that have survived from ancient times.  Perhaps the best known of those books is the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine.  This classic book lays out the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM):  the theory of balance (yin/yang), the five elements, the concept of holism, and a description of the meridians, organs, emotions and pathogens.

                                           Page 13, Seated Taiji and Qigong





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