Exercise #243 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Insomnia, Part 7


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Your FREE weekly exercise:

  1. Begin as usual seated in a comfortable chair, back straight, sitting upright, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose 6 to 12 times slowly while concentrating on the movement of your breaths.
  3. Breathe in through your nose again, visualize the ch’i moving upward through the center of your trunk and up to the top of your head, breathe out and allow the used, stale energy to exit through the top of your head as you breathe out through your nose.
  4. Breathe in again, repeat the visualization and breathe out for no less than 6 repetitions.
  5. Repeat step #2 to conclude your exercise session.

Inner Gate (P 6):

H7 and P6

  • You can find the acupressure point, Inner Gate, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly on this point with the thumb of your other hand for no less than a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.
  • You may change arms and repeat the pressure on this point on your other arm.

Benefits:  This acupressure point is recommended specifically for insomnia.  The point is effective also for relieving anxiety, heart palpitations, indigestion or nausea whether these problems result in insomnia or not.

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.oprah.com/health/Deep-Sleep-Now-Staying-Young/4

This week’s exercise video (please click on the link below):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQwhbXfcUmc

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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.

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