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While the holidays can be joyous for many people, others experience feelings of grief and depression as they deal with personal loss, unemployment and financial instability. The purpose of the following exercise is to release these feelings, whatever the cause. In Chinese medicine, grief and depression are believed to reside in the lungs and to adversely affect that organ resulting in damage to the lungs and chronic illness such as asthma, emphysema and COPD. In order to increase the effectiveness of this exercise, you must focus on the emotion you are dealing with. Bring it up and out and then as you bend over and cross your arms, firmly expel that negative emotion as you expel your breath.
Inhaling River and Mountain:
- Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair in a quiet area of your home or office. Your feet should be flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, your back fully supported by the back of your chair.
- Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully for 6 to 12 times. Last breath should be in through your nose as you lift your arms to the side at shoulder height.
- Now, exhale through your mouth as you lift your hands to the side and slightly above your head, palms facing.
- Bring your arms down again, palms still facing as your breathe in through your nose expanding your abdomen and your entire chest.
- Exhale through your mouth and tighten your chest and abdomen as you bend over from the waist. Cross your arms in front of your chest (right arm on the inside for women and left arm on the inside for men).
- Straighten your back slowly as you inhale again, bringing your arms up to shoulder height.
- Move your arms back to the front of your body, elbows rounded. Inhale again, pause and repeat steps 3 through 6.
Elegant Mansion (K 27):
- Locate the acupressure point labeled K 27 shown on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Press firmly with your thumbs or other fingers on these two points at the same time.
- Hold for no less than one full minute while you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Benefits: This point will help to relieve chest congestion, asthma, coughing or anxiety.
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.