Exercise #184 – Exercises and Acupressure for Nausea and Indigestion, Part 6


 

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“The great Tao is like a flood
It can flow to the left or to the right

The myriad things depend on it for life, but it never stops
It achieves its work, but does not take credit
It clothes and feeds myriad things, but does not rule over them.”

Tao Te Ching #34:1,2, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This is the last post on exercises and acupressure points for nausea and indigestion.  My suggestion to you is to bookmark those acupressure points that you have found to be the most effective for you so you don’t need to scroll through all the posts on this subject.  Beginning next week, we’ll be learning exercises and acupressure points for arthritis.

Exercise and the Grandfather/Grandson (Sp 4) Acupressure Point:

  1. Begin sitting as usual  with your back fully supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  However, because this point is located on your feet, you may prefer to sit or lie down on your bed or a well carpeted floor when using this particular point.
  2. Take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in and out through your nose conentrating on the movement of those breaths in and through your lungs.
  3. Locate the acupressure point labeled Sp 4 on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  This point is on your arch, one thumb-width from the ball of your foot as  you move your fingers toward your heel.
  4. Press firmly on this point for at least a full minute.  You may change feet and use the point on your other foot for a full minute if  you wish.
  5. This point is effective for stomachaches, abdominal cramps, indigestion or diarrhea.  You may also use this point when you are feeling particularly anxious.

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

Exercise #178 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 10


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“The Tao of heaven
Benefits and does not harm
The Tao of sages
Assists and does not contend.”

Tao Te Ching #81:3 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The acupressure point we will be using in this exercise is a familiar one to all of us.   We have used this effective point several times in past posts.  I use this point in my classes throughout the year for the relief of headaches and to stimulate the immune system.

Joining the Valley (LI 4):

  1. Begin as usual sitting comfortably with your back supported by the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.
  2. Breath slowly and thoughtfully6 times in and out through your nose.
  3. Locate the acupressure point on your own hand as shown on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  4. Squeeze the webbing directly behind your thumb firmly between the thumb and index finger of your other hand.
  5. Continue the pressure this point for 30 to 60 seconds and then change hands and repeat in the webbing of your other hand.
  6. You may use this effective point any time during the day to relieve sinus pain and hay fever.

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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Outsmart Your Allergies:  http://www.prevention.com/summerallergens/list/6.shtml  

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Exercise Video:  

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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.

 

Exercise #176 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 8


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“Yield and remain whole
Bend and remain straight
Be low and become filled
Be worn out and become renewed
Have little and receive
Have much and be confused
Therefore the sages hold to the one as an example for the world
Without flaunting themselves – and so are seen clearly
Without presuming themselves – and so are distinguished
Without praising themselves – and so have merit
Without boasting about themselves – and so are lasting.”

Tao Te Ching #22:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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We continue this week with acupressure points and slow, thoughtful breathing to relieve allergies and clear the sinuses.   These acupressure points can be used frequently during the day when you are experiencing a stuffy nose and/or a headache brought about by head congestion.

Acupressure points GV 20 and GV 24.5:

  1. Begin by sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart, back against the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out slowly through your nose 6 times counting each breath.
  3. Place your fingers on the top of your head where your soft spot was when you were a baby.  With the middle finger of your other hand, press lightly between your eyebrows.
  4. Locate these 2 points on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points.

5.  Breathe deeply while holding these points for no less than a full minute.

6. When you are finished, return your hands to your lap, close your eyes, and breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughfully 6 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 video:   

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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.

Exercise #173 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 5


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“Tao produces them
Virtue raises them
Things shape them
Forces perfect them

Therefore all things respect the Tao and value virtue
The respect for Tao, the value of virtue
Not due to command but to constant nature.”

Tao Te Ching #51:1,2, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The following exercise is an acupressure routine to relieve the symptoms and discomfort of allergies.  You can use these points or a combination of them as often as you need to during the day or every day.  This combination is taken from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  If you haven’t already, do purchase this wonderful book.  It is due to be released as an ebook in early November 2011.

 Acupressure allergy routine #1:

  1. Begin by sitting comfortably with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet shoulder-width apart.  Take 6 slow, thoughful breaths in and out through your nose (if possible).
  2. Rub and press with the thumb of one hand on the top of the other arm about 21/2 finger widths above the outer wrist crease.  This point is in the middle of the top of your arm.  Hold your thumb on this point for at least one full minute.
  3. See the illustration below:
  4.  Now , using your fingertips and the heel of your hand, grasp the muscles on both sides of the back of your neck and hold for no less than a full minute.
  5. Below is an illustration of the proper positioning of the hands on the back of your neck:
  6.  Remain seated for a few more minutes, breathing slowly in and out through your nose.  If you are still very congested use the additional acupressure point below to clear your sinuses and nasal passages.

Drilling Bamboo (B 2):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled B2.
  • Press firmly on this point on both sides of your nose with the thumbs of your hands.
  • Continue pressure on these points for at least a full minute.  You may use these points frequently throughout the day if necessary.

Benefits:  This acupressure point is very effective in relieving sinus pain and pressure, headaches, blurry vision as well as red and watery eyes.

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

Exercise #170 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 2



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“Those who are on tiptoes cannot stand
Those who straddle cannot walk
Those who flaunt themselves are not clear
Those who presume themselves are not distinguished
Those who praise themselves have no merit
Those who boast about themselves do not last.”

Tao Te Ching #24:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The following exercise is a Chinese Tai Chi Chuan breathing exercise.  it will give you an aerobic boost, help you to reduce stress and assist in breath control particularly when you are in a stressful situation or engaging in strenuous physical activity.

 

 

Chinese breathing exercise:

  1. Sit as usual with your back against the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hands on your lap.
  2. Breathe in a little bit through your nose as you lift your arms directly in front of you to shoulder height.
  3. Then without exhaling, take another breath in through your nose as you lift your arms at shoulder height out to the sides.
  4. Breathe in a bit more through your nose (again without exhaling) as you lift your arms overhead.
  5. Then, release your breath slowly through your mouth and lower your arms in an arc back to your lap.
  6. Repeat at least 3 times if you don’t become lightheaded.  If you do feel lightheaded or dizzy, don’t use this exercise.  Go back to one of the other breathing exercises posted in this blog that you were able to practice comfortably.

Elegant Mansion (K 27):


  • To enlarge your view, click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled K 27.  
  • Fist your hands and press firmly with your thumbs against the acupressure points on both sides of the breastbone.
  • Continue pressing on these points as you breathe slowly in and out through your nose for no less than a full minute.
  • You may use these points often during the day if you are having problems breathing either due to allergies or asthma.

Benefits:  These highly effective points will relieve breathing problems, chest congestion, asthma, coughing or anxiety.

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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Natural remedies:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/herbal-remedies-for-asthma.html

Exercise video for Parkinson’s disease:

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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.

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


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi.

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.

In the meantime, please download the Tai Chi in a Chair ebook and keep practicing.