Exercise #206 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Seasonal Allergies, Part 2

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Books by Cynthia W. Quarta


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Foreword by:  Michelle Maloney Vallie

Published by Singing Dragon


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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.”

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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                                                                                                            (Clarkston,MI,US)

“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


 What we will be doing this week is not really an exercise, but more of a facial massage to open the sinus cavities alongside the nose.  As usual, sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor, legs shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair.

Opening sinus cavities:

  1. Begin by breathing slowly and thoughtfully in and out through your nose no fewer than six complete breaths.
  2. Place your hands on either side of your nose, index finger against your face.
  3. Press firmly and slide your hands downward along the sides of your nose and along the base of your cheekbones to about the middle of the bone directly under the iris of your eyes.
  4. Continue brushing in this way for no fewer than 6 to 12 times while you breathe in and out through your nose only.
  5. You may use this massaging exercise often during the day when your nose feels stuffy.

Acupressure point – St. 3, Facial Beauty

  • Locate the acupressure point marked St 3 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points,
  • Press gently with your index and middle fingers on this point on each side of your face for no less than a full minute while you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits:  This effective point will relieve a stuffy nose, eye fatigue, head congestion and even toothaches.



Did you know…?

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine is still used today in some medical schools in Europe, Asia and the United States.


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