Exercise #229 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Emotional Healing, Part 5


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LogoThis week’s exercise addresses the emotions connected to the heart.  These emotions are – not unexpectedly – those of joy and love.  However, there is a dark side to the heart emotions.  Joy may turn into an overly excited state that results in agitation, nervousness, and hamster-on- the-wheel type of thinking called “monkey mind” by the Chinese.  Signs of continued heart related negative emotions are insomnia, heart palpitations, and poor long-term memory.

Wagging the Tail to Calm Heart Fire:

  1. Sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back fully supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully for 6 to twelve breaths.
  3. Place your hands on the upper part of your thighs closest to your hips, thumbs pointing backwards.
  4. Breathe in through your nose then lean over your thighs as you breathe out through your mouth.
  5. Swing your torso to the left over your left thigh while breathing in and out through your nose naturally.
  6. Swing back to the center and then on to the right over your right thigh.
  7. Continue swinging back and forth from left to right and right to left for about 6 to 12 repetitions.
  8. Return to the upright position and breathe slowly in and out through your nose for the same number of times as indicated in step #2.

Vital Diaphragm (B 38):

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  • You can locate the acupressure point, Vital Diaphragm, on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • This point is a bit difficult to reach on yourself particularly if you have arthritis in your shoulders or elbows.
  • If there is someone in your home who would be willing to press on this point for you that would be ideal.  If you con’t have anyone who can assist you, use a tennis ball or a softer ball if that acupressure point is tender.
  • Place the ball against the back of your chair and lean back against the ball for a full minute while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.  Move the ball to the other side and repeat.

Benefits:  This excellent acupressure point is helpful to relieve insomnia and calm high emotions such as an overly busy mind or anxiety.

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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Exercise #207 – Exercise and Acupressure Point for Seasonal Allergies, Part 3


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Foreword by:  Michelle Maloney Vallie

Published by:  Singing Dragon

Reviews:

“A welcome addition to the sadly neglected area of exercises for the less physically able.”

Gordon Faulkner, author of the award-winning Managing Stress with Qigong

 

Seated Taiji and Qigong reveals the secret of health, happiness and peace.  Herein lays an invaluable tool for the mental health professionals offering a free, sustainable source of energy, an avenue for self-care, and a therapeutic exercise aiding clients in easing their stress while motivating and energizing them.”

Wanda S. Diekhans, MPC, LCPC, Good Grief Counseling, USA

 

 

(please click on book cover for information and to order)

Published in 2001 by Fair Winds Press

Reviews:

“This book was introduced to me by my Tai Chi Instructor as I was beginning my own journey as an Instructor.  While teaching either standing or sitting in a chair, I have been able to blend Cynthia’s information into the class.  Introducing/recommending this book to others is a must!!  The simplified way it is written and explained will definitely help others in their journey no matter what level of ability.  Cynthia makes it easy to work the program into your day and life.  I encourage anyone, instructor or student, to add this book to their health library!”

  Tammy Cropp, Tai Chi Instructor (Clarkston,MI,US)

“If you are a fitness professional and teach chair based classes this book will open a whole new world for you.  If you teach tai chi or yoga and are looking for a way to create the tai chi or yoga practice in a chair, this book is your road map.  If you are experiencing frailty as a result of chronic illness or injury or from a sedentary life style, you will find Cynthia Quarta’s 15 minute practices very healing.  I am a raving fan of Tai Chi in a Chair!  I have incorporated Cynthia’s 15 minutes practice in my tai chi classes and into my own personal practice with excellent results.  I have been recommending this book to other tai chi instructors and my students.”

Denise Murray, ACSM HFS, YogaAllianceRYT

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Your free exercise and acupressure point for this week.

 This week we continue to use massage methods and exercises to clear nasal passages and reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies.  Avoidance of situations or areas where allergens are the most prevalent is, of course, the first line of defense.  Sometimes, though, it just isn’t possible to avoid all plants, molds and other irritants, so use of these exercises and acupressure points can make life a bit more bearable.

Nose rub:

  1. Begin by sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, back supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out slowly and thoughfully through your nose for 6 to 12 times if possible.
  3. With one hand, rub the tip of your nose in a circle for 15 to 20 times.
  4. Then, rub your nose in the opposite direction for the same number of times.
  5. Lower your hands to your lap and, once again breathe in and out through your nose for 6 to 12 times.  You may use this nose rub as often during the day as needed to clear your sinuses and stuffy nose.

Elegant Mansion (K27):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled K27 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Press firmly with your thumbs on these points in the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone on either side of the breastbone.
  • Maintain pressure on these points for at least a full minute.

Benefits:  You can use these points often during the day to relieve breathing problems, chest congestion, asthma or coughing.

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Did you know?

Diagnonsis under the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) system involves the reading of pulse points throughout the body.

pg. 14, Seated Taiji and Qigong

Exercise #206 – Exercises and Acupressure Points for Seasonal Allergies, Part 2


Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

Books by Cynthia W. Quarta

 

(please click on the book cover for information and to order either in print or ebook format)

Foreword by:  Michelle Maloney Vallie

Published by Singing Dragon

Reviews:

“A welcome addition to the sadly neglected area of exercises for the less physically able.”

Gordon Faulkner, author of the award-winning Managing Stress with Qigong

 Seated Taiji and Qigong reveals the secret of health, happiness and peace.  Herein lays an invaluable tool for the mental health professionals offering a free, sustainable source of energy, an avenue for self-care, and a therapeutic exercise aiding clients in easing their stress while motivating and energizing them.”

 Wanda S. Diekhans, MPC, LCPC, Good Grief Counseling, USA

(please click on the book cover for information and to order)

Published in 2001 by Fair Winds Press

Reviews: 

“This book was introduced to me by my Tai Chi Instructor as I was beginning my own journey as an Instructor.  While teaching either standing or sitting in a chair, I have been able to blend Cynthia’s information into the class.  Introducing/recommending this book to others is a must!!  The simplified way it is written and explained will definitely help others in their journey no matter what level of ability.  Cynthia makes it easy to work the program into your day and life.  I encourage anyone, instructor or student, to add this book to their health library.

 Tammy Cropp, Tai Chi Instructor                                                                                                            (Clarkston,MI,US)

“If you are a fitness professional and teach chair based classes this book will open a whole new world for you.  If you teach tai chi or yoga and are looking for a way to create the tai chi or yoga practice in a chair, this book is your road map.  If you are experiencing frailty as a result of chronic illness or injury or from a sedentary life style, you will find Cynthia Quarta’s 15 minute practices very healing.  I am a raving fan of Tai Chi in a Chair!  I have incorporated Cynthia’s 15 minutes practice in my tai chi classes and into my own personal practice with excellent results.  I have been recommending this book to other tai chi instructors and my students.”

Denise Murray, ACSM HFS, YogaAllianceRYT

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 What we will be doing this week is not really an exercise, but more of a facial massage to open the sinus cavities alongside the nose.  As usual, sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor, legs shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair.

Opening sinus cavities:

  1. Begin by breathing slowly and thoughtfully in and out through your nose no fewer than six complete breaths.
  2. Place your hands on either side of your nose, index finger against your face.
  3. Press firmly and slide your hands downward along the sides of your nose and along the base of your cheekbones to about the middle of the bone directly under the iris of your eyes.
  4. Continue brushing in this way for no fewer than 6 to 12 times while you breathe in and out through your nose only.
  5. You may use this massaging exercise often during the day when your nose feels stuffy.

Acupressure point – St. 3, Facial Beauty

  • Locate the acupressure point marked St 3 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points,
  • Press gently with your index and middle fingers on this point on each side of your face for no less than a full minute while you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits:  This effective point will relieve a stuffy nose, eye fatigue, head congestion and even toothaches.

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Did you know…?

The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine is still used today in some medical schools in Europe, Asia and the United States.

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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Exercise #180 – Exercises and Acupressure for Nausea and Indigestion, Part 2


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“Close the mouth
Shut the doors
Blunt the sharpness
Unravel the knots
Dim the glare
Mix the dust
This is called Mystic Oneness.”

Tao Te Chin #56:2 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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In this post, we’re continuing with our acupressure points and breathing to relieve indigestion, nausea and heartburn.  Sit comfortably in your favorite chair.  Breathe in and out slowly and thoughtfully through your nose at least 6 times before you begin pressing on the acupressure point shown below.  Continue to breathe in the same way and close your eyes as you stimulate the appropriate acupressure point.  This point can be used frequently during the day if needed.

Sea of Energy (CV 6):

  1. After you’ve breathed in and out through your nose at least  6 times.
  2. Locate the acupressure point labeled CV 6 on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  3. Press with one or two fingers on this point that can be found 2 finger-widths below your belly button.  Hold for at least one full minute.
  4. When you finish, continue sitting comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, eyes closed.  Breathe in and out through your nose slowly at least 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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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 #177 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 9


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“Sages do not accumulate
The more they assist others, the more they possess
The more they give to others, the more they gain.”

Tao Te Ching #81:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The breathing exercise this week is effective in relieving hay fever and sinus problems that afflict so many of us at this time of the year.  the acupressure points and illustration are taken from Michael reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.   Remember it is best to use these points and breathing exercises in a quiet place seated in a comfortable chair for the best results.

GV 20 and GV 26:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.  Sit comfortably in your chair so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair, allowing for the natural curve in your spine.
  2. Breathe in slowly and thoughtfully through your nose without strain.  Breathe out through your nose until you must take another breath.  Continue to breathe in and out for a total of 6 times.
  3. Now, locate the acupressure points on the top of the head at GV20 and on a point midway between your upper lip and nose (GV26) as shown on the illustration below:


4. Press firmly on these 2 points at the same time for a full minute.

5. As you hold your fingers on these points, continue breathing in and out through your nose slowly.

6. You may use these points as often during the day 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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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 #171 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 3


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“The returning is the movement of the Tao
The weak is the utilization of the Tao

The myriad things of the world are born of being
Being is born of non-being.”

Tao Te Ching #40, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The following exercise will help to relieve the congested feelings of allergies and sinusitis.  The slowness and concentration on each breath have the additional benefit of alleviating stress and anxiety.

Controlled and counted breaths:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hands resting on your lap.
  2. Close your eyes as you breathe in slowly through your nose for a count of 4.  Expand your lungs filling them completely but not to the point of lightheadedness.
  3. Hold your breath for a count of 7.
  4. Slowly breathe out through  your mouth.  Count to 8 as you do so, if possible.
  5. Continue breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth for no less than 12 times.

Welcoming Perfume (LI 20):

  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.  The illustration is from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Locate the point labeled LI 20.  The points can be found right alongside your nostrils on both sides of your nose.
  • Press firmly on both points for no less than a full minute.

Benefits:  These points will alleviate sinus congestion and pain as well as facial paralysis and swelling.

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.