Exercise #137 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 4


 

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“Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one’s nature
Returning to one’s nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity.”

Tao Te Ching #16:2, translated at http://www.Taoism.net

 

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Today we’ll be using the Four Whites acupressure point.  This point is effective for reducing blemishes and acne breakouts as well as irritated eyes.  We’ll  also discuss skin brushing for the face and, of course, conclude with Centering Ch’i to bring energy back into the storage areas of the body.

 

Four Whites acupressure point:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you but hold your back upright – don’t hunch.
  2. Locate the acupressure point labeled St 2, Four Whites on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  It is about 1 finger width below the lower ridge of the eye socket in line with the center of the iris.  There is a slight indentation there which  you can find by feeling along the ridge of the eye with your fingers.
  3. Press firmly on this point for a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.  Close  your eyes and visualize the movement of energy to your face.

 

Facial skin brushing:

  • You may use a specially designed face brush or loofah but a dry wash cloth with a little roughness to it will work just as well.
  • Begin at your forehead and brush in a circular motion ending your motion downward so you are guiding the circulation back to the heart.  Continue working your way down your face.
  • Repeat the same movement on your neck, always finishing the massage downward in the direction of the heart.  To keep your skin healthy and glowing, do this brushing at least once a day before you wash your face or take a shower.

Centering ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more for a total of 3 times.

Don’t forget to drink water at the end of your exercise session or any time you begin to feel thirsty.  A Word of Caution…If you have or have had problems with your kidneys, please consult your physician.

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Exercise #132 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 10


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“Those who wish to take the world and control it
I see that they cannot succeed
The world is a sacred instrument
One cannot control it
The one who controls it will fail
The one who grasps it will lose.”
Tao Te Ching #29:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This exercise requires a great deal of concentration for it to be effective.   We are trying not only to oxygenate the whole body but also develop the ability to direct (with our minds) the flow of energy to a specific area of the body.  When you practice this exercise be sure to conduct your practice in a quiet space where there is no possibility of interruption or distraction.

Dan dien through the spinal path:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly underneath you.
  2. Roll  your shoulders slightly forward and cross your arms in front of your chest.
  3. Breathe in slowly through your nose.  Your mouth should be closed and  your tongue rolled upward behind your teeth resting on the hard palate.
  4. With your mind, direct the energy from your lower dan tien up your spinal column to a point between your shoulder blades.
  5. As you breathe out slowly through your nose, direct the ch’i back down your spine and into the lower dan tien located about 3 finger widths below your belly button in the center of the body.
  6. Repeat this exercise for no less than 6 repetitions.

 

Acupressure point:

(from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)
  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeledCV 6 (Sea of Energy). It is approximately 2 finger widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.   Use this point frequently to improve your immunity.

Benefits: This effective point will strengthen your immune system and internal organs and will relieve general weakness.

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Exercise #130 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 8


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“Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Impartiality is sovereign
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger.”

 

Tao Te Ching #16:3, translated by www.Taoism.net

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In this post, we continue our breathing exercises.  I encourage you to experiment in order to find the best combination of breathing exercises for you.  All of the exercises are helpful and healthful but everyone’s needs are different.  The one rule that applies to all of us is that of caution.  Always approach each new exercise carefully.  Pay attention to your body’s reaction.  Since we are practicing these exercises while seated there is not much danger even if you should become lightheaded.  Nevertheless, any reaction such as lightheadedness or dizziness is a signal to stop.

One breath in three:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in lightly in a shallow breath through your nose as you raise your arms up to shoulder height in front of your chest.
  3. Take another small breath in through your nose (without having exhaled) and lift your arms straight out to the side still at  shoulder height.
  4. Take another small breath in through your nose, again without exhaling first, and lift your arms straight overhead.
  5. Now exhale slowly through your mouth as you lower your arms back down to their original position.

Acupressure point:

  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.  We are going to use the acupressure points Lu 9 and Lu 10 in an exercise described in Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Find the point Lu 9 on the picture above and press with the thumb of your other hand on this point which is on the wrist crease beneath the base of the thumb.  Breathe in slowly and thoughtfully for several breaths.
  • Now press on the acupressure point labeled Lu10 and breathe in and out for several breaths again.
  • Change hands and repeat.
  • When you have pressed on the 2 points on each hand, make a fist of one of your hands and briskly (but lightly) run your knuckles back and forth over these 2 points for a full minute.
  • Then change hands and repeat with the other fist for the same amount of time.

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Exercise #127 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 5


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“Let the people have no cunning and no greed
So those who scheme will not dare to meddle
Act without contrivance
And nothing will be beyond control.”
Tao Te Ching #3:3, translated by www.Taoism.net

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This exercise comes to us from the healing art of Yoga.   I have found it to be helpful for clearing my sinuses particularly during allergy season.  However, its purpose in Yoga is quite different.  Yogis believe that we breathe in and out of only one nostril at any given time.   This creates an imbalance between the creative side and the reasoning, analytical side of our brains.   Yoga practitioners use this exercise several times throughout the day to improve their overall health and to  better balance the body and mind.

Alternate nostril:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips underneath you slightly so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Use a finger to hold one of your nostrils closed as you breathe in slowly through the other nostril.  Then close that nostril off with your finger and breathe out through the opposite nostril.
  3. Continue to breathe in through one nostril and out through the other for a total of 6 times.  Then alternate so that you are breathing in through the nostril you were breathing out of and breathing out through the other for a total of 6 times.

You may practice this alternate nostril breathing as often as you wish during the day.  In fact, Yoga masters recommend that you repeat this exercise several times a day.

 Acupressure point:

  • Click on the illustration above from Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your vies.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled Lu 9 (Great Abyss).
  • Press firmly on this point on either hand for a full minute while breathing in and out slowly and thoughtfully.  You may change hands and repeat.

Benefits: Using this acupressure point frequently will relieve lung problems, coughing from a cold or allergies and asthma.

 

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Exercise #119 – Exercise and Energize Your Legs and Feet, Part 9


 

 

 

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“Heaven and Earth are everlasting
The reason Heaven and Earth can last forever
Is that they do not exist for themselves
Thus they can last forever.”
Tao Te Ching, #7:1, translated by www.Taoism.net

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 In this exercise we will be stretching out our legs from the hip all the way to the ankle.  When you stretch your leg as far as it can comfortably go, make sure you don’t lock your knee.  Remember to always be cautious when learning a new exercise.  Stop if you feel pain, cramping or stress on the leg muscles: you may have to reduce the length of your stretch.

 

Bow stance to the side:

  1. Sit as usual with your back against the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Take 3 slow breaths before your begin.
  2. Slide to the side of your chair (your back will no longer be supporte dy the chair) and stretch your right leg out to the side.  Hold the leg at the fullest stretch possible without locking your knee while you breathe in an out slowly for a count of 6 breaths.
  3. Breathe out as you return your foot to the front of your chair.
  4. Repeat using the left leg and hold for a slow count of 6 breaths.  Again, breathing out as you return you foot to the front of your chair.
  5. Continue to alternate legs with the breathing holds for a complete set of 6 leg stretches or 3 on each side.

 

 Acupressure point:

  

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Find the point marked St 36.  This point is called the Three Mile Point.
  • Press firmly on this point on one leg at a time or both legs at the same time for no less than a full minute.  Breathe slowly in an out as you press on this point.

Benefits:  This effective point is helpful for joints, will strengthen the whole body, relieve indigestion and alleviate much of the fatigue that results form dealing with the pain of arthritis.

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