2011 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

 

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The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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



Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

…the award-winning blog of seated T’ai Chi and Qigong exercises to balance mind, body and spirit for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

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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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Guest article from Phylameana Desy:  http://healing.about.com/od/breathwork/tp/breathwork.htm

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

Exercise video for Parkinson’s disease:

Learn ancient health secrets to reduce stress.  Download your copy of T’ai Chi in a Chair ebook now available for your Kindle, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051U9N4S, your Nook, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tai-chi-in-a-chair-cynthia-quarta/1031408662?ean=2940012924278&itm=1&usri=tai%2bchi%2bin%2ba%2bchair, or your PC, http://www.scribd.com/doc/55904253/Tai-Chi-in-a-Chair 

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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 #169 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 1


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi

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“In governing people and serving Heaven
There is nothing like conservation
Only with conservation is it called submitting early
Submitting early is called emphasis on accumulating virtues
Accumulating virtues means there is nothing one cannot overcome
When there is nothing that one cannot overcome
One’s limits are unknown
The limitations being unknown, one can possess sovereignty
With this mother principle of power, one can be everlasting
This is called deep roots and firm foundation
The Tao of longevity and lasting vision.”

Tao Te Ching #59, translated at http://www.taosim.net

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It’s that time of the year again when those of us with allergies and sinus problems suffer with stuffy noses and post-nasal drip. Antihistamine tablets and Neti pots help to relieve the symptoms but only for a period of time.  For the next few posts we will be practicing breathing exercises to supplement and, hopefully, to extend relief from nasal distress and sore throats.

Alternate nostril exercise:

  1. Begin by sitting comfortably in your favorite chair, back against the back of the chair and feet on the floor.
  2. Using a finger, hold one nostril shut as you breathe in slowly through the other.  Now, release the other nostril and breathe out slowly through it.
  3. Continue breathing in through one nostril for 6 repetitions and out through the other.
  4. Change sides and breathe in through the nostril you were breathing out of in steps 2 and 3.  Repeat for 6 times.
  5. At any time during the day when your nose begins to feel stuffy, use this alternating nostril exercise to clear the congestion.

Joining the Valley (LI 4):

 

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled LI4.  Breathe in and out through your nose slowly as you stimulate this acupressure point.
  • Squeeze on the webbing between the thumb and index finger on one hand with the thumb and index finger of the other.  Continue to press firmly on this point for at least a full minute.  Change hands and repeat on the other.

Warning:  This acupressure point should not be used by pregnant women.

Benefits:  This effective point helps to relieve a variety of different allergies and allergic reactions.  This point may also be used to stop sneezing and for headaches.

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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 Allergy Zones:  http://www.prevention.com/allergyzones/index.shtml

Natural Remedies: http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/herbal-allergy-relief.html

Video of Seated Exercises (please click on the link below to open the video):

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

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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.

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.

Exercise #167 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 5


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)

“In governing people and serving Heaven
There is nothing like conservation
Only with conservation is it called submitting early
Submitting early is called emphasis on accumulating virtues
Accumulating virtues means there is nothing one cannot overcome
When there is nothing that one cannot overcome
One’s limits are unknown
The limitations being unknown, one can possess sovereignty
With this mother principle of power, one can be everlasting
This is called deep roots and firm foundation
The Tao of longevity and lasting vision.”

Tao Te Ching #59, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The following exercise will help to strengthen your back muscles and abdominal muscles.   This exercise can be used for degenerative disc disease but caution must be taken against damaging the back further.  As always, consult your physician and/or physical therapist before trying any of these exercises particularly after surgery.

Hook-lying march:

  1. Begin by lying on your back in bed or on the floor.  Take 3 to 6 slow breaths in and out through your nose concentrating on the movement of energy through your body.
  2. Bend your knees as you breathe in through your nose then lift one leg off the mattress about 3 inches as you breathe out through your mouth.
  3. Lower that leg back to a bent position, foot resting on the bed.  Lift your other leg about 3 inches off the bed as you breathe out through your mouth.
  4. Continue alternating legs as though marching in place for about 6 lifts with each leg.
  5. Gradually increase the number of “marching” steps as you are able.  However, the point isn’t necessarily to continue increasing the numbers but, instead, to be consistent in your use of this exercise if you find it beneficial.

High Mountains (B60)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • This pressure point is midway between the back edge of the outer anklebone and the Achilles tendon at the back of your leg.
  • Press firmly on this point (sit on  your bed and bend your knee so that you can reach this point comfortably) for no less than a full minute.
  • If  you wish, you can change legs and use the same acupressure point on your other leg for the same amount of time.
  • Use frequently when you are experiencing back or sciatic pain.

Benefits:  This highly effective point will relieve the pain of sciatica, a back ache, thigh pain and rheumatism.

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 Remedy:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/lavender-herb.html

Exercise Video:  

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 #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.

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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No-cook meals:  http://www.prevention.com/tips/weight-loss/no-cook-meal-ideas-400-calorie-fix 

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

This week’s 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.

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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.

Exercise #163 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 1


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi

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“Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Impartiality is sovereign
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger.”

Tao Te Ching #16:3, translated at www.Taoism.net

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The following series of exercises target the lower back and the sciatic nerve.  They are intended to be performed while lying down on the floor but can be done on your bed as well if necessary.  As always, consult your health care provider before starting a new exercise particularly if you have had surgery or a serious injury to your lower back.

Curls:

  1. Before you begin, sit on the edge of the bed and take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Swing your legs onto the bed making sure you are not too close to the edge.
  3. Now, bend your knees so that your back is flat against the mattress.  If necessary, lift your hips slightly so you can’t slide your hand between the small of your back and the mattress.
  4. Cross your arms over your chest and take a slow breath in through your nose.
  5. Lift your upper back off the mattress as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.  Hold this position for at least 5 seconds.
  6. Repeat for a total of 6 curls if you are able.  Start with fewer curls if you find yourself out of breath or if you have any pain after you have completed the exercise.  You can always increase the number as your back and abdominal muscles become stronger.

Sea of Energy (CV 6)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view if necessary.
  • This point is 2 finger-widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for at least 30 seconds while breathing slowly in and out through your nose only.  Repeat throughout the day if needed.

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/sunburn-remedies.html 

This week’s 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.