Exercise #207 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Seasonal Allergies, Part 3

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Books by Cynthia W. Quarta


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Foreword by:  Michelle Maloney Vallie

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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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  Tammy Cropp, Tai Chi Instructor (Clarkston,MI,US)

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Denise Murray, ACSM HFS, YogaAllianceRYT


Your free exercise and acupressure point for this week.

 This week we continue to use massage methods and exercises to clear nasal passages and reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies.  Avoidance of situations or areas where allergens are the most prevalent is, of course, the first line of defense.  Sometimes, though, it just isn’t possible to avoid all plants, molds and other irritants, so use of these exercises and acupressure points can make life a bit more bearable.

Nose rub:

  1. Begin by sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, back supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out slowly and thoughfully through your nose for 6 to 12 times if possible.
  3. With one hand, rub the tip of your nose in a circle for 15 to 20 times.
  4. Then, rub your nose in the opposite direction for the same number of times.
  5. Lower your hands to your lap and, once again breathe in and out through your nose for 6 to 12 times.  You may use this nose rub as often during the day as needed to clear your sinuses and stuffy nose.

Elegant Mansion (K27):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled K27 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly with your thumbs on these points in the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone on either side of the breastbone.
  • Maintain pressure on these points for at least a full minute.

Benefits:  You can use these points often during the day to relieve breathing problems, chest congestion, asthma or coughing.


Did you know?

Diagnonsis under the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) system involves the reading of pulse points throughout the body.

pg. 14, Seated Taiji and Qigong

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