Exercise #257 – The Eight Brocades, Pt. 5


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Bending Over, Wagging Tail to Calm Heart Fire:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, back fully supported by the back of your chair when you begin.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose only for 6 to 12 breaths as you release tensions and center yourself.
  3. Place your hands on your thighs and continue to breathe in and out through your nose as you swing your body to left and to right slowly and smoothly like a pendulum for 6 to 12 times.
  4. Return to the upright position for a moment continuing to breathe slowly in and our through your nose.
  5. Bend over again and repeat the pendulum-like movement for the same number of times.
  6. Return to the upright position.  Breathe in and out for a few breaths before you move on to the acupressure point below.

Spirit Gate (H 7):

H7 and P6

  • You can find the acupressure point, Spirit Gate (H 7), on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly on this point for at least  full minute while breathing in and out through your nose slowly and in a relaxed manner.
  • You may change arms and repeat on the other side if you wish for the same amount of time.

Benefits:  This acupressure point will help to alleviate anxiety, cold sweats or the type of overexcitement that leads to insomnia.

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/tc/insomnia-treatment-overview

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

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail.asp?video=38

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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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