Welcome Back!


images (2), welcome 4We’re back with a new format for the Chair Tai Chi blog.

      This blog is now a meeting place for anyone involved in caring for the elderly or disabled.  Healthcare professionals and caregivers are welcome to submit articles.  Write about an exercise program, an alternative health methodology, or anything else you think might be of interest and help to those who care for people of any age with limited mobility, mental health issues, or chronic illnesses.

Below are some topic suggestions:

  • Tapping
  • Meditation
  • Natural remedies
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Qigong
  • Taiji
  • Acupressure/acupuncture
  • Yoga

      Everyone is encouraged to contribute.   Whether you are a nurse, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant, a martial arts or yoga instructor, a family member or friend of someone who is elderly or disabled…we want to hear from you.  If you have a question, a suggestion, a story about your experience with a patient/student or a family member, let us know about it.

      Please send a paragraph or two or a complete article to healingtaichi@yahoo.com with the subject line “article for chair blog”.  If your article seems a bit long for a blog, I will run it as a two or three part article over a period of weeks.  You’re welcome to also send photos or a video of a class you teach or group you work with.  Please remember, you must have permission to photograph or video tape anyone, even family members.

      We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your interest in alternative therapies and the Chair Tai Chi blog.

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Exercise #135 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 2


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi

….the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

(sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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“Therefore the sages:
Place themselves last but end up in front
Are outside of themselves and yet survive
Is it not due to their selflessness?
That is how they can achieve their own goals.”
Tao Te Ching #7:2, translated at www.Taoism.net

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Again this week, we will be using an acupressure point and breathing exercises to improve the health of our largest organ, the skin.  Sit comfortably in a quiet space so you can give your full attention to sending ch’i to the correct acupressure point and on slowing and controlling your breath.

 

Three Mile Point with breathing:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  You will need to lean forward slightly to press on the acupressure point on the outside of your leg.
  2. Begin by sitting upright and breathing in and out through your nose slowly and thoughfully at least 6 times.
  3. Below is an illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  Locate the point labeled St 36. It is 4 finger-widths below your kneecap on the outside of your leg.  You will feel an indentation there.
  4. Press firmly on this point on both or one of your legs for no less than a full minute while you breathe slowly in and out through your nose.
  5. You may use this effective acupressure point throughout the day as often as necessary.

 

Close out your session with 3 repetitions of Centering Ch’i:

  • Breathe in through your nose as you tighten your diaphragm and abdomen.
  • Lift both arms out to the side bringing them up over head with your palms toward the ceiling, fingertips slightly apart.
  • Hold for a second, then flip your hands pver so that palms are now facing downward and bring your arms slowly back to your lap as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.

 

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 #119 – Exercise and Energize Your Legs and Feet, Part 9


 

 

 

Welcome to

Healing T’ai Chi

…the award-winning blog of seated Qigong and Tai Chi exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

(sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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“Heaven and Earth are everlasting
The reason Heaven and Earth can last forever
Is that they do not exist for themselves
Thus they can last forever.”
Tao Te Ching, #7:1, translated by www.Taoism.net

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 In this exercise we will be stretching out our legs from the hip all the way to the ankle.  When you stretch your leg as far as it can comfortably go, make sure you don’t lock your knee.  Remember to always be cautious when learning a new exercise.  Stop if you feel pain, cramping or stress on the leg muscles: you may have to reduce the length of your stretch.

 

Bow stance to the side:

  1. Sit as usual with your back against the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Take 3 slow breaths before your begin.
  2. Slide to the side of your chair (your back will no longer be supporte dy the chair) and stretch your right leg out to the side.  Hold the leg at the fullest stretch possible without locking your knee while you breathe in an out slowly for a count of 6 breaths.
  3. Breathe out as you return your foot to the front of your chair.
  4. Repeat using the left leg and hold for a slow count of 6 breaths.  Again, breathing out as you return you foot to the front of your chair.
  5. Continue to alternate legs with the breathing holds for a complete set of 6 leg stretches or 3 on each side.

 

 Acupressure point:

  

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Find the point marked St 36.  This point is called the Three Mile Point.
  • Press firmly on this point on one leg at a time or both legs at the same time for no less than a full minute.  Breathe slowly in an out as you press on this point.

Benefits:  This effective point is helpful for joints, will strengthen the whole body, relieve indigestion and alleviate much of the fatigue that results form dealing with the pain of arthritis.

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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Inspirational video:  http://www.cryofthespirit.com/birdsing.html

Home remedy for arthritis: http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/natural-remedies-for-arthritis.html (always check with your health care provider before undertaking any dietary changes even for a short period of time.)

Article of interest: http://arthritis.webmd.com/news/20090604/tai-chi-may-ease-arthritis-pain

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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 #118 – Exercise and Energize Your Legs and Feet, Part 8


 

 

Welcome to

Healing T’ai Chi

…the award-winning blog of seated Qigong and Tai Chi exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

(sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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“Good traveling does not leave tracks
Good speech does not seek faults
Good reckoning does not use counters
Good closure needs no bar and yet cannot be opened
Good knot needs no rope and yet cannot be untied.”
Tao Te Ching #27:1, translated by www.Taoism.net

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This exercise may be a bit strenuous on your thighs.  If that’s the case, go back to a previous leg or foot exercise that you were able to do easily and keep practicing.  Your muscles will strengthen if you are consistent about your practice.

 

Lifting ch’i with holds:

  1. Sit as usual with your legs shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor, hips tucked slightly underneath you.
  2. Breathe in slowly through your nose then as you breathe out through your mouth, lift your left leg slowly, knee bent.
  3. When you reach the maximum height that is comfortable for you, hold for 3 slow breaths.
  4. Now, breathe in and straighten out  your leg (while your thigh is still off the chair) and then slowly return  your foot to the floor as you breathe out.  Be sure you don’t lock your knee when you straighten it out.
  5. Change legs and repeat for a total of 6 lifts per leg alternating each time.

Acupressure point: 

  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
  • Find the acupressure point marked B48.  This potent point is called Womb and Vitals.
  • Press firmly on this point on both sides of the sacrum i.e., the large bony area at the base of the spine for no less than a full minute.  You may repeat the pressure here as often as necessary during the day.

Benefits: This point is particularly effective in relieving lower-back pain, pelvic tension, sciatica and hip tension/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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Home Remedies: http://online.prevention.com/kitchencures/list/1.shtml

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

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http://thepeopleschemist.com/blog/

http://www.myhealthfountain.com

http://www.fitness-health-guide.com/

http://www.naturallifestyle.net/

http://www.healers2006.co.uk/

http://www.bodyworkout101.com/item_974190_bexercise-b-113-relax-and-energize-legs-and-feet-part-3

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


 

 

 

Welcome to

Healing T’ai Chi

…the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

(sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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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

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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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Featured article of interest:  http://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/HB_web/relieve-arthritis-pain-naturally-withexercise.htm

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http://www.myhealthfountain.com

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http://www.naturallifestyle.net/

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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 #116 – Relax and Energize Your Legs and Feet, Part 6


 

 

Welcome to

Healing Tai Chi

…the award-winning blog of seated Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

(sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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“Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one’s nature
Returning to one’s nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity.”
Tao Te Ching, #16:2, translated by www.Taoism.net

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Approach this and the next exercise with caution.  You will feel a certain amount of tension in your thighs.  This is not necesarily bad but if you experience pain or cramping, lower your leg a bit or skip this exercise and use one of the less strenuous previous ones.  Don’t be discouraged if this happens; it takes time to strengthen muscles.  As you exercise, you will get stronger.

Off-the-chair thigh lifts:

  1. Sit as usual with your back against the back of your chair, hips tucked under, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Breathe in slowly and tighten your diaphragm (reverse breathing).  As you do so, lift your right leg (or left) slowly until your thigh is no longer supported by the chair.
  3. Hold for a few second, then breathe out and lower your leg slowly back to the chair.  Bend your knee and return your foot to the floor. 
  4. Alternate legs and repeat.  Continue to alternate legs for a total of 6 leg lifts, 3 on each side.

 Acupressure point:

  • Locate the acupressure point, Three Mile Point (St 36), on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acpressure’s Potent Points.
  • Click on the illustration to enlarge so you can see exactly where the point is.
  • Press firmly on this point on one or both legs at the same time for a full minute.

Benefits: This point is very effective for stomach distress but more importantly for this post, it is also beneficial to strengthen the whole body and tone muscles in your legs.

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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Download your free e-book at this link:

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This week’s featured site/blog: 

http://wakeupandbreathe.com/

Featured article of interest:  

http://www.health.harvard.edu/special_health_reports/neck-and-shoulder-pain?utm_source=HEALTHbeat&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2010-06-29&j=24085934&e=healingtaichi@yahoo.com&l=16278673_HTML&u=276108905&mid=148797&jb=0

Home remedies for mosquito and tick bites:

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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

Exercise Equipment Super Store.

http://www.valufitness.com

http://www.joansweightloss.com

http://mybodysite.com/Publish/index.php

http://www.reikibyrockie.com

http://robertscottbell.blogspot.com/

http://thepeopleschemist.com/blog/

http://www.myhealthfountain.com

http://www.fitness-health-guide.com/

http://www.naturallifestyle.net/

http://www.healers2006.co.uk/

http://www.bodyworkout101.com/item_974190_bexercise-b-113-relax-and-energize-legs-and-feet-part-3

http://ask-nish.com/

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