Exercise #209 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Seasonal Allergies, Part 5

Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

Books by Cynthia W. Quarta

(please click on the book cover for information and to order either in print or in ebook format)

Foreword by Michelle Maloney Vallie

Published by Singing Dragon, 2012


“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

(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, Yoga Alliance RYT

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Your free weekly exercise

Head press:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, legs shoulder-width apart, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Take 6 to 12 slow, calming breaths in and out through your nose.
  3. Place the fingers of both hands on the back of your head.
  4. Locate the depression beneath your skull about one and a half thumb widths from the large muscles on either side of your spine.
  5. Rub the two areas for at least a full minute and then hold your thumbs firmly on these spots for another full minute.

Note:   This exercise is both a massage and an acupressure point called the Gates of Consciousness (GB 20).  Frequent use of this point will benefit you in many ways.    It serves as a relief for sinus pressure, headaches and allergies but it also alleviates depression, emotional distress, and feelings of grief.


Did you know…?

The Chinese identify 20 meridians that carry energy to all parts of the body.  Of those 20, 8 of them are considered to be “extraordinary” because they function as storage areas of chi.  These extraordinary meridians replenish the others as needed.

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