Exercise #169 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 1


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“In governing people and serving Heaven
There is nothing like conservation
Only with conservation is it called submitting early
Submitting early is called emphasis on accumulating virtues
Accumulating virtues means there is nothing one cannot overcome
When there is nothing that one cannot overcome
One’s limits are unknown
The limitations being unknown, one can possess sovereignty
With this mother principle of power, one can be everlasting
This is called deep roots and firm foundation
The Tao of longevity and lasting vision.”

Tao Te Ching #59, translated at http://www.taosim.net

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It’s that time of the year again when those of us with allergies and sinus problems suffer with stuffy noses and post-nasal drip. Antihistamine tablets and Neti pots help to relieve the symptoms but only for a period of time.  For the next few posts we will be practicing breathing exercises to supplement and, hopefully, to extend relief from nasal distress and sore throats.

Alternate nostril exercise:

  1. Begin by sitting comfortably in your favorite chair, back against the back of the chair and feet on the floor.
  2. Using a finger, hold one nostril shut as you breathe in slowly through the other.  Now, release the other nostril and breathe out slowly through it.
  3. Continue breathing in through one nostril for 6 repetitions and out through the other.
  4. Change sides and breathe in through the nostril you were breathing out of in steps 2 and 3.  Repeat for 6 times.
  5. At any time during the day when your nose begins to feel stuffy, use this alternating nostril exercise to clear the congestion.

Joining the Valley (LI 4):

 

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled LI4.  Breathe in and out through your nose slowly as you stimulate this acupressure point.
  • Squeeze on the webbing between the thumb and index finger on one hand with the thumb and index finger of the other.  Continue to press firmly on this point for at least a full minute.  Change hands and repeat on the other.

Warning:  This acupressure point should not be used by pregnant women.

Benefits:  This effective point helps to relieve a variety of different allergies and allergic reactions.  This point may also be used to stop sneezing and for headaches.

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 #168 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 6


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“The Tao of Heaven:
Does not contend and yet excels in winning
Does not speak and yet excels in responding
Is not summoned and yet comes on its own
Is unhurried and yet excels in planning
The heavenly net is vast
Loose, and yet does not let anything slip through.”

Tao Te Ching #73:3, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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We’re continuing exercises for sciatica and the lower back.  For some sitting in a chair will work best; for others, lying on your bed might be the more effective and safer way to practice.  Remember to check with your physician before trying any of these exercises regardless of where or how often you decide to do these stretches.

Reverse fly:

  1. This exercise calls for the use of weights in both hands.  if you don’t have a pair of weights, use the same size cans of fruit or vegetables just as long as you can hang on to them.  You don’t want to drop the cans on your foot!
  2. Sit either in a chair or on the edge of your bed.  Breathe in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth for 3 to 6 times in a very relaxed way.
  3. Begin bent over your legs with the back straight and arms holding the weights hanging down alongside your legs.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose as you lift your arms to shoulder level and squeeze your shoulder blades together.  Keep your elbows slightly bent.
  5. Return your arms to the beginning position as you breathe out slowly through your mouth timing the breaths in and out with the movement of your arms.
  6. Before repeating, check the position of your back to make sure you aren’t collapsing over your legs.  You will feel some pressure in your abdominals from being in this position.
  7. Repeat at least 3 times during your first session.  After you’re comfortable with the exercise, begin increasing the number of repetitions.

Bigger Stream (K3)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, if necessary to enlarge your view.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  If it is uncomfortable for you to get to this point, sit in a chair or on your bed and cross one leg over the other so the acupressure point will be easier to reach.
  • You can press on this potent point on both ankles or just one of them.  This point can be used often during the day.

Benefits:  Use this acupressure point to relieve swollen feet, ankle pain, menstrual cramps, earaches and for lower back pain.

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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Prepping for the New Semester


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Yup.  It’s time for a new semester.  Summer certainly went by quickly!

We will be back next week with an all new exercise and acupressure point.

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Exercise #165 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 3


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“The highest rulers, people do not know they have them
The next level, people love them and praise them
The next level, people fear them
The next level, people despise them
If the rulers’ trust is insufficient
Have no trust in them.”

Tao Te Ching #17:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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Although designed to be done while lying on the floor, the exercise this week will be effective even if it’s more comfortable for you to lie on your bed.   As usual, consult your physician before trying any of these exercises particularly if you have had a back injury or surgery.

Opposite arm and leg lifts:

  1. Sit on your bed and take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth before beginning.
  2. Now, position yourself so that you are lying face down on your bed.  Breathe in through  your nose.
  3. As you breathe out through your mouth, lift your right arm off the bed about 2 to 3 inches.
  4. While continuing to breathe out, lift your left leg as high as possible without strain or pain.
  5. Hold for about 5 seconds and then slowly lower both your arm and your leg while breathing in.
  6. Reverse i.e., lift your left arm and your right leg and hold again for the same amount of time.  Remember to breathe with your movements.
  7. Increase the amount of repetitions when possible and also the amount of time you hold your arm and leg up off the mattress.

Sea of Energy (CV 6):

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the point marked CV 6.  It will be approximately 2 finger-widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  You may use this point as often as necessary.

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 #164 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down – Part 2


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“The Tao, eternally nameless
Its simplicity, although imperceptible
Cannot be treated by the world as subservient.”

Tao Te Ching #32:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This exercise is usually done while lying on the floor.   However,  it can be practiced while lying on your bed as well.  As usual be cautious when practicing.  Check with your doctor first and then, move slowly and carefully with the minimum number or repetitions.  You can always increase the number of repetitions and arch your back more strongly as your muscles become stretched and more flexible.

Back arches:

  1. Sit on your bed and breathe slowly in and out through your nose about 6 times.
  2. Now, lie face down on the mattress, bend your elbows so that your hands are under your shoulders.  Breathe in through your nose.
  3. As you press your hands on the mattress, push your chest upward arching your back as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Breathe in through your nose and hold for a couple seconds.
  5. Breathe out through your mouth and lower yourself slowly back onto your stomach.
  6. Repeat the arches and slow returns 6 times if possible.  Remember to breathe with your movements.
  7. Start with a few repetitions and increase the number when you feel comfortable about the exercise.

Womb and Vitals (B 48):

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the points labeled B 48.
  • These spots are awkward to reach with just your fingers.  To be sure you will get results from the use of these points, sit on a chair, fist your hands at the spot 1 to 2 finger-widths outside the sacrum (bony area at the base of your spine).
  • Press back your fists and against the back of your chair.  Breathe in and out through your nose only, continuing in this position for a full minute.
  • You may use this exercise whenever your back begins to feel tense or you feel a “pinch” on your sciatic nerve.

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 #163 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 1


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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 at www.Taoism.net

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The following series of exercises target the lower back and the sciatic nerve.  They are intended to be performed while lying down on the floor but can be done on your bed as well if necessary.  As always, consult your health care provider before starting a new exercise particularly if you have had surgery or a serious injury to your lower back.

Curls:

  1. Before you begin, sit on the edge of the bed and take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Swing your legs onto the bed making sure you are not too close to the edge.
  3. Now, bend your knees so that your back is flat against the mattress.  If necessary, lift your hips slightly so you can’t slide your hand between the small of your back and the mattress.
  4. Cross your arms over your chest and take a slow breath in through your nose.
  5. Lift your upper back off the mattress as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.  Hold this position for at least 5 seconds.
  6. Repeat for a total of 6 curls if you are able.  Start with fewer curls if you find yourself out of breath or if you have any pain after you have completed the exercise.  You can always increase the number as your back and abdominal muscles become stronger.

Sea of Energy (CV 6)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view if necessary.
  • This point is 2 finger-widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for at least 30 seconds while breathing slowly in and out through your nose only.  Repeat throughout the day if needed.

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 #162 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 7


 

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“The highest goodness resembles water
Water greatly benefits myriad things without contention
It stays in places that people dislike
Therefore it is similar to the Tao.”

Tao Te Ching #8:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

The exercise this week is a bit harder than the previous ones.  You will need to be careful when you first try out this exercise.  You’ll be sitting fairly close to the edge of your chair so if your balance is not particularly good, skip this exercise and go back to a previous one that seemed beneficial and safe.  As always, consult with your physician before beginning any new exercise.

Arm stretches behind:

  1. Before you begin, take at least six slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Slide to the edge of your chair – carefully, not too far.  You will be bringing your arms up behind  you.  Make sure there is enough clearance so that you don’t bang your hands or arms on your chair.
  3. Now, lace your fingers with your arms behind you. Breathe in and then breathe out as you bend over your thighs lifting your arms up behind you as far as they will go.
  4. Hold for a few seconds, then breathe in again as you lower your arms and sit up straight.
  5. Continue bending over your thighs and lifting your laced hands upward as far as is comfortable.
  6. Repeat 6 to 12 times if possible.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20)

  • Look at the photo above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent points, to see where this man has his fingers.
  • Using  your thumbs,  locate these points directly below your skull and between the two large muscles in the back of your neck.
  • Press on both sides for a full minute breathing in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits:  These effective points will relieve arthritis in your shoulders, neck and head.   Use these points to alleviate the pain of a headache and to relax a stiff neck.

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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.