Exercise #252 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Seasonal Allergies, Pt. 6


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Your FREE weekly exercise for seasonal allergies and sinus problems.

  1. Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out slowly through your nose only for 6 to 12 times.
  3. Using your index fingers, begin small circling motions from the base of your nostrils along the check and outward to the end of your cheekbones.
  4. Continue circling in this way always staring at the nostril and moving outward whenever you feel congested.
  5. Below is an illustration of the location of the maxillary sinuses to help you locate the correct positioning of your index fingers.

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Joining the Valley (LI 4):

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  • You can find the acupressure point LI 4 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • You’ll notice it is located on the hand in the webbing between your thumb and index finger.  When you press those two finger together, you will notice a bulge of muscle.  This acupressure point is on that bulge.
  • Press firmly on one hand with the thumb of the other hand for at least one full minute while breathing in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully.
  • You may change hands and put pressure on this point on your other hand if you wish.
  • This point may be used throughout the day when you are feeling congested or have a headache from clogged sinuses and/or exposure to allergens.

Benefits:  With this point, you can relieve a headaches, congestion, hay fever, sneezing and itching.

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This week’s health article: 

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/skin-allergies

This week’s exercise video:

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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