Exercise #117 – Relax and Energize Your Legs and Feet, Part 7




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“Plan difficult tasks through the simplest tasks
Achieve large tasks through the smallest tasks
The difficult tasks of the world
Must be handled through the simple tasks
The large tasks of the world
Must be handled through the small tasks
Therefore, sages never attempt great deeds all through life
Thus they can achieve greatness.”
Tao Te Ching, #63:2, translated by www.Taoism.net


You may experience a bit of a strain on your thigh muscles when practicing this exercise.  So, begin slowly with just a few repetitions, maybe 3 or 4.  I leave it to you to decide if this exercise is beneficial or not.  Needless to say, if you feel pain or your muscles are overly tight, use a previous exercise that doesn’t require you to lift your thighs off the chair. 


Thigh lift:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly under.
  2. Breathe in slowly.  As you breathe out, lift your thigh to a comfortable height off the chair.
  3. Point and flex your foot for 3 to 6 times while your leg is lifted.  Hold for a second as you breathe in again.
  4. As you breathe out, slowly lower your leg to the chair and return your foot to the floor.
  5. Reverse and repeat with the other leg the same number of times.

 Acupressure point:

  • Click on the illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge the picture.
  • Find the pressure point, Bigger Stream (K3) and press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.
  • You may change feet and repeat.  Don’t use this point if you are pregnant.

Benefits: This effective point will relieve swollen feet and ankle pain.  You can use it for strengthening your ankles as well.

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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