Exercise #214 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Muscle and Joint Pain, Part 5


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Your free weekly exercise and acupressure point

This week’s exercise provides a wonderful arm and shoulder stretch.  However, you may not be able to lift your arms overhead or keep them up there for an extended amount of time.  If that’s the case, lower your arms so that they are in front of your chest but do twist from your waist as described.  As always, consult your healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise program.

Side twists:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet shoulder width apart, feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully for 6 to 12 breaths.
  3. Lace your finger as you breathe in through your nose and lift your hands overhead, palms facing the ceiling.
  4. Twist to your left a little ways while releasing part of your breath.
  5. Twist a bit more and release more of your breath. 
  6. Twist one more time and blow out the rest of your breath through your mouth.
  7. Return to the center while breathing in one continuous breath.
  8. Repeat the twist to your right while gradually releasing your breath and then return to the center breathing in through your nose.
  9. Do 2 sets to each side, alternating.
  10. When you have finished, sit and relax while breathing in and out through your nose again for 6 to 12 times.

Shoulder Well (GB 21):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled GB 21 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Cross your arms in front of your upper chest and press with your fingers on this point on both sides at the same time if possible.
  • Press firmly on these points for a full minute while you breathe in and out through your nose slowly and in a relaxed way.

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Did you know…?

“We all exchange energy with our environment without realizing that the exchange is happening.”

Seated Taiji and Qigong, pg. 36

The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Please consult your healthcare provider before beginning this or any other exercise program.

This blog is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store

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