Exercise #216 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Muscle and Joint Pain, Part 7


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Before we move from the upper part of the body to the lower area, I think it will be helpful to review some of the head, neck and shoulder exercises we’ve practiced in previous posts.  As always, please consult your physician before beginning any new exercises particularly of you have a history of injury or surgery on this part of the body.

Head tilts:

  1. Start as usual by sitting comfortable in your favorite chair with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.  Make sure you are sitting up straight – not slouching.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly for 6 to 12 times.
  3. Breathe in through your nose again then breathe out through your nose and lower your head toward your chest as far as is comfortable.
  4. Return to your head to the upright position and breathe in, let your head fall to the back while your breathe out through your nose.
  5. Continue to tilt your head to your chest and back slowly in a very relaxed way several times while breathing into the area.
  6. Return your head to the upright position and breathe in and out through your nose while relaxing your whole body.

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 Heavenly Pillar (B 10):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled B 10 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • This point can be found on the  muscles that are about an inch and a half outward from the spine.
  • Press firmly on these points on both sides with your index and middle fingers for no less tha a full minute as you breathe in and out through your nose slowly.

 Benefits:  This effective point will relieve stress and exhaustion while relaxing a stiff neck.

Don’t forget to drink water after you finish the exercise or at any time you feel thirsty.  Word of Caution…If you have kidney problems, follow the advice of your physician as to the amount of water you can safely drink.

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