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This week’s exercise is a second version of Wagging the Tail to Calm Heart Fire. The purpose of the exercise is the same i.e., to calm feelings of agitation and whirling thoughts that can cause insomnia and heart palpitations. As usual, please consult your physician before beginning any new exercise.
Wagging the Tail to Calm Heart Fire:
- Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair with your legs shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
- Breathe in and out through your nose for 6 to 12 slow, calming breaths.
- As you breathe out again (this time through your mouth), bend over your left thigh. Breathe in again through your nose.
- Breathe out through your mouth as you swing over from your left thigh slowly, back to the center and then over the right thigh
- Breathe in again through your nose and return to the upright position.
- Repeat the sweep from thigh to thigh beginning this time over the right thigh.
- Continue swinging in this pendulum-type motion alternating which thigh you begin with for about 12 times.
Spirit Gate (H 7):
- Locate the acupressure point labeled H 7 on the inside of the arm on the wrist crease directly below your little finger as shown in illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
- Press firmly with the thumb of your other hand for no less than a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.
Benefits: This acupressure point will alleviate anxiety and insomnia due to over-excitement.
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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