Exercise #253 – The Eight Brocades, Pt. 1

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Two Hands Reach Skyward to Balance the Triple Warmer:

  1. Begin as usual seated in a comfortable chair with low or no arms and a solid back.
  2. Sit with your feet shoulder-width apart, flat on the floor.  Your back should be fully supported by the back of your chair.
  3. Breathe in and out slowly through your nose while clearing your mind for 6 to 12 times.
  4. Lace your fingers and raise your arms above your head if possible, palms facing downward.
  5. As your breathe out, slowly lower your hands to the top of your head, resting them there as you breathe in again.
  6. Lift your hands while breathing out through your mouth.
  7. Breathe in through your nose holding your position.
  8. Turn your palms over so they are facing the ceiling then breathe out and lower your hands to the top of your head again.
  9. Continue alternating palms up, palms down for 6 10 12 sets then lower your hands to your lap.

General Wellness Acupressure:

  • Place the backs of your hands, – hands in a fist – against your lower back.
  • Rub briskly up and down with your fisted hands on either side of your spine.
  • Test with a light touch first,, then increase the amount of pressure if you can tolerate it.
  • Repeat the rubs up and down for a at least full minute or until you feel warmth from the friction created by your fists moving up and down your back.
  • If you have spine problems such as disintegrating discs, please check with your healthcare professional before using this acupressure exercise.

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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