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This week, our exercise targets the muscles and joints of the ankles and feet. Visualization of the movement of ch’i from the upper part of the leg and the trunk to the area we are working can significantly increase the effectiveness of the exercise. Sitting in a comfortable chair also contributes to better results from these exercises since we are relaxed and can concentrate on the area we need to energize and flex.
- Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair.
- Breathe slowly in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times.
- Continue to breathe in and out through your nose as you lift your left leg directly in front of you. Don’t lock your knee.
- Arch your foot slowly as you visualize the movement of energy from the upper part of your leg and from your trunk through your ankle and into your foot.
- Then, pull your toes back toward your ankle as far as possible.
- Continue to point and flex your left foot 6 to 12 times as you visualize the movement of energy to your target area.
- Change feet and repeat the pointing and flexing of your right foot for the same number of times you worked on your left foot.
- When you are finished return your foot to the floor and relax as you breathe in and out through your nose slowly.
Bigger Stream (K 3):
- Locate the acupressure point labeled K 3 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- It may be more comfortable for you to sit on your bed to use this point.
- Bend your knee and press firmly on the point on this point for at least a full minute.
- Change legs and repeat on your other leg if you wish.
Benefits: This effective point will relieve swollen feet and foot and ankle pain.
Caution: Do not use this point if you are pregnant, particularly after the third month.
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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This blog is intended for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.