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Seated Exercises for You #3


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Below is a video of a seated exercise that you might find helpful.

 

If you are a healthcare professional, caregiver or a taiji or qigong instructor, we would like to hear from you.  Please send a short article, photos or videos of the exercises (seated or standing) you use for your students or patients to healingtaichi@yahoo.com with the subject line “chair tai chi blog.”

~Remember to always consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.~

Seated Exercises for You


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Welcome to the Chair Tai Chi Blog!

Below is a video of a short series of seated exercises that is easy to follow and will help you to energize and stretch while sitting comfortably.  Please click on the link below to access the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLYhagHS92U

If you have a favorite video of gentle seated or standing exercises, please send it with a short explanation of how you use the exercises to healingtaichi@yahoo.com with the subject line, “chair tai chi blog.”  We’d love to know what you do to stay fit.

Please check out our website, http://www.healingtaichi.com

Welcome Back!


images (2), welcome 4We’re back with a new format for the Chair Tai Chi blog.

      This blog is now a meeting place for anyone involved in caring for the elderly or disabled.  Healthcare professionals and caregivers are welcome to submit articles.  Write about an exercise program, an alternative health methodology, or anything else you think might be of interest and help to those who care for people of any age with limited mobility, mental health issues, or chronic illnesses.

Below are some topic suggestions:

  • Tapping
  • Meditation
  • Natural remedies
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Qigong
  • Taiji
  • Acupressure/acupuncture
  • Yoga

      Everyone is encouraged to contribute.   Whether you are a nurse, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant, a martial arts or yoga instructor, a family member or friend of someone who is elderly or disabled…we want to hear from you.  If you have a question, a suggestion, a story about your experience with a patient/student or a family member, let us know about it.

      Please send a paragraph or two or a complete article to healingtaichi@yahoo.com with the subject line “article for chair blog”.  If your article seems a bit long for a blog, I will run it as a two or three part article over a period of weeks.  You’re welcome to also send photos or a video of a class you teach or group you work with.  Please remember, you must have permission to photograph or video tape anyone, even family members.

      We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your interest in alternative therapies and the Chair Tai Chi blog.

Exercise #260 – The Eight Brocades, Pt 8


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Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

…the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong exercises for people of all ages and levels of fitness to manage stress and balance mind, body and spirit.

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Dear Readers,

This will be the last post for the Healing Tai Chi blog.   I am grateful to all of you who followed my blog and practiced taiji/qigong along with me and my students in the seated Tai Chi class.  Thank you for your loyalty and your many wonderful comments.  Many thanks also to all of you who subscribed to this blog over the past few years.

I feel that the time has come to seriously pursue other writing projects, primarily full length books.  These books will be available in the near future.  Please bookmark my website where information will be posted about the publications.

In the meantime, this blog will remain on WordPress, just without new postings.  Please feel free to scroll through the exercises for those you think will be of benefit to you or ones you have used successfully in the past.

Thank you again for your loyalty and I hope to stay in touch with you through my website, http://www.healingtaichi.com.

Cynthia Quarta

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Your FREE (and last) weekly exercise.

Toe Touching to Strengthen Your Kidneys and Your Waist:

  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 for 6 to 12 slow breaths, concentrating on the movement of air and energy through your whole body.
  3. Breathe in through your nose then out through your mouth as you bend slowly over your thighs toward your toes.
  4. Open your spine vertebra by vertebra, relaxing each section as you bend downward.
  5. Return slowly to a sitting position as you breathe in again through your nose.
  6. Repeat 3 to 6 times if possible.

Note:  Do NOT attempt this exercise if you have had spinal surgery or have a condition that prohibits bending your back.  As always, consult with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise.

Shady Side of the Mountain (Sp 9):

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  • You can find the acupressure point, Shady Side of the Mountain, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • If possible, lie on your back to use this point.  Bend your left knee so that your foot is flat on the floor or bed.  Cross your right leg over your left thigh and press firmly on this point with your right thumb pushing slightly upward toward the knee.
  • Continue pressure on this point for a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.
  • Reverse legs and repeat with your left leg crossed over your right thigh.

Benefits:  This potent point will help to relieve water retention, knee problems, varicose veins and cramps.

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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Your weekly health article:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-failure/edema-overview

Your weekly 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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Exercise #259 – The Eight Brocades, Pt. 7


Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

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…the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong exercises for people of all ages and levels of fitness to manage stress and balance mind, body and spirit.

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For books on seated Taiji/Qigong and the history of ballet in print and ebook format, please check out our website.

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Your FREE weekly exercise and acupressure point.

Punching with a Steady Gaze to Improve Ch’i and Strength:

  1. Begin as usual sitting in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor with your back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breath in and out through your nose only for 6 to 12 times as you relax and focus your attention on the movement of your breath.
  3. Fist both your hands, palm up hands just below your shoulders.
  4. Breathe in and out naturally through your nose as you punch lowly forward.  Do not try to time your breaths with your punches.
  5. Bring your right hand out to the front of the center of your chest.  At about the midway point,  twist your hands from palm up to palm down in the usual punching position.
  6. Alternate hands and punch slowly for 30 to 60 seconds.

Travel Between (Lv 2):

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  • You can find the acupressure point labeled Lv 2 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less that a full minute while breathing in and out through your nose and concentrating on the flow of energy through your body.
  • You may change feet and repeat for the same amount of time on the other foot.

Benefits:  The acupressure point, Travel Between, can relieve stomachaches, headaches, nausea and will calm the spirit.

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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Weekly health article:  

http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/headaches-migraines-and-nausea

Weekly 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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Exercise #258 – The Eight Brocades, Part 6


Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

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...the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong exercises for people of all ages and levels of fitness to manage stress and balance mind, body and spirit.

cynthiaquarta_dot_wordpress_dot_com

For books on seated Taiji/Qigong and the history of ballet in print and ebook format, please check out our website.

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Your FREE weekly exercise and acupressure point.

Reaching Down to Eliminate Disease:

  1. Begin as usual seated in a comfortable chair, feet flat on the floor and your back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose only 6 to 12 times, concentrating on the flow of breath and energy throughout your body.
  3. Rest your palms on your thighs, breathe in through your nose.
  4. Bend over between your thighs while breathing out through your mouth and sliding your hands down the back of your legs.
  5. When you reach the lowest point possible, begin breathing in through your nose and slide your hands back up your legs.
  6. Return your hands to your thighs.  Hold your breath for a few seconds as you rise up on the balls of your feet and visualize your body filled with clean, healing energy.
  7. Repeat steps #3 through #6 for at least 6 repetitions if you are able to do so with pain or becoming short of breath.

Three Yin Crossing (Sp 6):

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  • You can locate the acupressure point, Three Yin Crossing (Sp 6), on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • This point is on the inside of your leg about 4 finger-widths above your inner anklebone.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  You may change legs and repeat the pressure on the inside of your other leg.

Benefits:  This acupressure point is helpful to relieve vaginal pain and swelling.

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/pain-management/bladder-pain

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

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-detail.asp?video=21

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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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