Exercise #256 – The Eight Brocades, Part 4


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Your FREE Weekly Exercise and Acupressure Point

Looking Behind to Cure Fatigue and Distress:

  1. Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose only slowly 6 to 12 times while concentrating on the movement of energy and oxygen throughout your body.
  3. Keep your arms to your sides, but with your elbows slightly bent, palms facing the floor.
  4. Breathe in through your nose and then as you breathe out through your mouth, turn your head slowly to the left side.
  5. As you return your head back to the center, breathe in through your nose. Try to breathe in and out in time with the movement of your head.
  6. Turn y our head to the right now as you breathe out through your mouth and breathe in again as you return your head to the center.
  7. Continue turning your head from side to side for about 12 times.

Acupressure Point – Heavenly Pillar (B 10):

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  • You can find the acupressure point labeled B 10, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • These points are located on the two large ropy muscles that are about half an inch on either side of the spine.
  • Press firmly on these two points with your fingers for no less than a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.

Benefits:  This acupressure point will relieve a stiff and sore neck, a sore throat, and even exhaustion and stress.

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/a-to-z-guides/neck-pain-topic-overview

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

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail.asp?video=42

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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