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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Please consult your healthcare provider before you begin any new exercise program,

Exercise #202 – Arthritis Exercises and Acupressure Points, Part 18


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“In holding the soul and embracing oneness
Can one be steadfast, without straying?
In concentrating the energy and reaching relaxation
Can one be like an infant?
In cleaning away the worldly view
Can one be without imperfections?
In loving the people and ruling the nation
Can one be without manipulation?
In the heavenly gate’s opening and closing
Can one hold to the feminine principle?
In understanding clearly all directions
Can one be without intellectuality?”

Tao Te Ching 10:1 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This week, we’re continuing with exercises of the lower leg, ankles and feet to relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis.  As always, check with your physician before you begin any new exercise.

Leg up ankle circles:

  1. Begin sitting as usual 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 for 6 to 12 times slowly and thoughtfully.
  3. Lift your left leg directly in front of you.  Your leg should be straight but don’t lock your knee.
  4. Breathe in and out naormally through your nose only.  Don’t try to time your breaths with the circling of your foot.
  5. Begin circling clockwise for 12 circles.  Then, circle your foot in the other direction or counterclockwise for the same number of circles.
  6. Lower your left foot to the floor and raise your right leg out straight in front of you.
  7. Circle your right foot clockwise 12 times and then counterclockwise 12 times.
  8. When you’ve completed the circles with your right foot, lower your foot to the floor.  Sit quietly and breathe in and out slowly through your nose only 6 to12 times to complete your exercise session.

Falling Tears (GB 41):

  1. GB 41is located atthe top of the foot between the little toe and the fourth toe at the beginning of the webbing between these two toes.
  2. Press firmly on this spot for no less than a full minute.
  3. You may change feet and repeat the pressure on  your other foot.  Be sure to hold your finger on this point for the same amount of time.

Benefits:  This effective point will relieve the stiffness and pain of arthritis in your feet and ankles.  When we experience pain in a particular area of the body, our emotional response to that pain restricts the flow of energy.  Using this point frequently will restore the normal flow of energy.

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 #174 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 6


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“Attain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return.”

Tao Te Ching #16:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The following exercise is a combination of meditative breathing and a targeted acupressure point for relieving allergy symptoms and sinusitis.  This point and the accompanying meditative breathing with targeted relaxation offer an effective and safe way to alleviate the misery of allergies, headaches and sinusitis.  You may use them at any time throughout the day.

Meditative breathing with acupressure:

  1. Begin by sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair.
  2. Close  your eyes.  Count backwards from 3 with each breath in through your nose and out through your mouth picturing the number of each count on the back of your eyelids.
  3. Beginning with “3” and for each of the counts thereafter, visualize a portion of your body relaxing as it fills with healing energy.
  4. For example, on the count of 3, “see” the number 3 on your eyelids and, at the same time, consciously relax your head and neck.   Then, on “2”, visualize what the written number looks like and relax your trunk, shoulders and arms.
  5. Finish with the conscious relaxation of your hips, legs and feet on the count of “1”.
  6. Now, place your thumbs behind each ear and reach with your other fingers to the top of your head.  This acupressure point is B7.  Press firmly on these two points at the same time for at least one full minute.

The photo below is from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points

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Natural remedies:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/herbs-for-lungs.html

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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.

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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 #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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Natural remedies:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/natural-wart-removal.html  

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 #161 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 6


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“A good commander achieves result, then stops
And does not dare to reach for domination
Achieves result but does not brag
Achieves result but does not flaunt
Achieves result but is not arrogant
Achieves result but only out of necessity
Achieves result but does not dominate.”

Tao Te Ching #30:3, translated at http://www.taoism.com

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These exercises are designed to strengthen your shoulder muscles.  You may use weights to increase the amount of benefit from the arm swings but use caution.  If you have recently undergone surgery on your shoulder, consult with your physician before beginning this exercise and especially if you plan to use weights.

Arms Swings:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair.  For this exercise, it might be best to sit in a chair without arms.
  2. Begin with a breath in through your nose. Then, swing one arm back slowly, return to the center and then swing your arm to the front slowly and return to the center, then out to the side and pause and return to your starting position. Continue to breathe in and out through your nose only but don’t try to match your breaths with your arm swings.
  3. Repeat the front and back swing and then the side swing for a minimum of 6 sets.
  4. Change arms and repeat steps #2 through #4.
  5. Stop and rest.  If you feel up to repeating the exercise with each arm once again, do so.  But, don’t overdo it with too many repetitions.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled GB 20 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Use both hands so you can press firmly on these two points.  Hold for a full minute.
  • You may use this point 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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Health article:  http://www.prevention.com/all-natural-pedicure/index.html

Natural remedies:   http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/sunburn-remedies.html

Exercise video:    

Click on the links below for sites that feature products for your fitness program or informative blogs to help you live a healthier life.

Find great deals on Tai Chi, Martial Arts, Yoga, Pilates and Feng Shui products at http://healingtaichi.com

Find brand name products for home exercise equipment at Exercise Equipment Super Store.

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