Exercise #240 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Insomnia, Part 4


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This week’s FREE exercise and acupressure point:

Yin energy loop:

  1.  Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor with your back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose only 6 to 12 times while concentrating on the movement of your breath.
  3. Using your lower abdomen, breathe in through your nose and visualize the movement of energy up the front of your body to the base of your breastbone.
  4. Continue to breathe in and out through your nose for 6 breaths continuing the visualization.
  5. You may repeat lifting your ch’i for another 6 times or sit quietly and repeat step #2.

Sea of Tranquility (CV 17):

 Front of chest and trunk

  • You can locate the Sea of Tranquility acupressure point on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly but not too hard on this point for no less than a full minute while breathing slowly and thoughtfully through your nose.
  • You may want to use this acupressure point just before bedtime to ensure a better night’s sleep.

Benefits:  This effective point will help to relieve insomnia but also chest congestion, nervousness and 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 week’s health article:

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/insomnia-symptoms-and-causes

This week’s words of wisdom:  

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”

W. C. Fields

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