Exercise $228 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Emotional Healing, Part 4


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LogoThis week we are again using one of the Qigong Eight Brocades to release excess emotion that can affect our daily lives and our health.  The exercise below warms up the heart, stomach and lungs.  For our purposes, we will pay particular attention to the lungs which are associated with the emotion of sadness.

Balancing the Triple Warmer:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor,  shoulder-width apart.  Your back should be fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly while concentrating on the movement of the air through your nose and into and out of,  your lungs for 6 to 12 times.
  3. Lace your fingers and lift your arms overhead as you breathe in through your nose.
  4. Breathe out through your nose and slowly lower your hands to the crown of your head.
  5. Breathe in while your hands remain on  your head.  Then, breathe out through your nose and stretch your arms as high as possible without locking your elbow.
  6. Flip your hands over so that the palms are now facing the ceiling as you breathe in again.
  7. Breathe out (still through the nose only) and bring the back of your hands down to the crown of your head where you will breathe in again.
  8. Continue lifting and lowering, alternating palms up and palms down with each movement.

Sea of Tranquility (CV 17):

Front of chest and trunk

  • You can find the acupressure point, Sea of Tranquility, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • This point is about 3 finger widths above the base of the breastbone.
  • Press as firmly as possible without discomfort for a full minute while breathing in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits:  This acupressure point will relieve feelings of grief and depression.  It can also be used for chest congestion, general nervousness and other emotional imbalances.

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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