Exercise #178 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 10


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“The Tao of heaven
Benefits and does not harm
The Tao of sages
Assists and does not contend.”

Tao Te Ching #81:3 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The acupressure point we will be using in this exercise is a familiar one to all of us.   We have used this effective point several times in past posts.  I use this point in my classes throughout the year for the relief of headaches and to stimulate the immune system.

Joining the Valley (LI 4):

  1. Begin as usual sitting comfortably with your back supported by the back of the chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.
  2. Breath slowly and thoughtfully6 times in and out through your nose.
  3. Locate the acupressure point on your own hand as shown on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  4. Squeeze the webbing directly behind your thumb firmly between the thumb and index finger of your other hand.
  5. Continue the pressure this point for 30 to 60 seconds and then change hands and repeat in the webbing of your other hand.
  6. You may use this effective point any time during the day to relieve sinus pain and hay fever.

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.

 

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Exercise #176 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 8


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“Yield and remain whole
Bend and remain straight
Be low and become filled
Be worn out and become renewed
Have little and receive
Have much and be confused
Therefore the sages hold to the one as an example for the world
Without flaunting themselves – and so are seen clearly
Without presuming themselves – and so are distinguished
Without praising themselves – and so have merit
Without boasting about themselves – and so are lasting.”

Tao Te Ching #22:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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We continue this week with acupressure points and slow, thoughtful breathing to relieve allergies and clear the sinuses.   These acupressure points can be used frequently during the day when you are experiencing a stuffy nose and/or a headache brought about by head congestion.

Acupressure points GV 20 and GV 24.5:

  1. Begin by sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart, back against the back of your chair.
  2. Breathe in and out slowly through your nose 6 times counting each breath.
  3. Place your fingers on the top of your head where your soft spot was when you were a baby.  With the middle finger of your other hand, press lightly between your eyebrows.
  4. Locate these 2 points on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points.

5.  Breathe deeply while holding these points for no less than a full minute.

6. When you are finished, return your hands to your lap, close your eyes, and breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughfully 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 #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.

Exercise #168 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 6


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“The Tao of Heaven:
Does not contend and yet excels in winning
Does not speak and yet excels in responding
Is not summoned and yet comes on its own
Is unhurried and yet excels in planning
The heavenly net is vast
Loose, and yet does not let anything slip through.”

Tao Te Ching #73:3, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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We’re continuing exercises for sciatica and the lower back.  For some sitting in a chair will work best; for others, lying on your bed might be the more effective and safer way to practice.  Remember to check with your physician before trying any of these exercises regardless of where or how often you decide to do these stretches.

Reverse fly:

  1. This exercise calls for the use of weights in both hands.  if you don’t have a pair of weights, use the same size cans of fruit or vegetables just as long as you can hang on to them.  You don’t want to drop the cans on your foot!
  2. Sit either in a chair or on the edge of your bed.  Breathe in slowly through your nose and out slowly through your mouth for 3 to 6 times in a very relaxed way.
  3. Begin bent over your legs with the back straight and arms holding the weights hanging down alongside your legs.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose as you lift your arms to shoulder level and squeeze your shoulder blades together.  Keep your elbows slightly bent.
  5. Return your arms to the beginning position as you breathe out slowly through your mouth timing the breaths in and out with the movement of your arms.
  6. Before repeating, check the position of your back to make sure you aren’t collapsing over your legs.  You will feel some pressure in your abdominals from being in this position.
  7. Repeat at least 3 times during your first session.  After you’re comfortable with the exercise, begin increasing the number of repetitions.

Bigger Stream (K3)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, if necessary to enlarge your view.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  If it is uncomfortable for you to get to this point, sit in a chair or on your bed and cross one leg over the other so the acupressure point will be easier to reach.
  • You can press on this potent point on both ankles or just one of them.  This point can be used often during the day.

Benefits:  Use this acupressure point to relieve swollen feet, ankle pain, menstrual cramps, earaches and for lower back 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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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 #166 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 4


 

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“The people’s hunger
Is due to the excess of their ruler’s taxation
So they starve
The people’s difficulty in being governed
Is due to the meddling of their ruler
So they are difficult to govern
The people’s disregard for death
Is due to the glut in their ruler’s pursuit of life
So they disregard death
Therefore those who do not strive for living
Are better than those who value living.”

Tao Te Ching #175, translated at www.taoism.net

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 The exercise this week is once again for lower back pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve.   This exercise can easily be performed while lying on your bed.  Remember, though, to check with your doctor before trying any of these exercises.

 

 

Stomach muscle tightening:

  1. Sit comfortably on your bed before beginning the exercise.  Take 6 slow, relaxing breaths in and out through your nose.
  2.  Lie down on your back and as you breathe in through your nose, pull your navel in and up.
  3. Hold for a slow count of 3 to 6 and then release the muscle of your abdomen as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Complete 3 repetitions and then relax and see how you feel.  If your stomach muscles don’t feel too tense and if  you have discomfort, repeat the in and up tightening for another 3 repetitions.
  5. When you are completely comfortable with 6 repetitions, increase to nine and then 12.

Commanding Middel (B54)

 

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view if necessary.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled B54.
  • Press firmly on this point with your thumbs for 1 to 3 minutes often during the day when you are experiencing lower back pain or a flare-up of sciatica.

Benefits:  This potent point will relieve back apin, sciatice, knee pain, back siffness as well as arthritis in the knees, back and hips.

 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 #165 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 3


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“The highest rulers, people do not know they have them
The next level, people love them and praise them
The next level, people fear them
The next level, people despise them
If the rulers’ trust is insufficient
Have no trust in them.”

Tao Te Ching #17:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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Although designed to be done while lying on the floor, the exercise this week will be effective even if it’s more comfortable for you to lie on your bed.   As usual, consult your physician before trying any of these exercises particularly if you have had a back injury or surgery.

Opposite arm and leg lifts:

  1. Sit on your bed and take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth before beginning.
  2. Now, position yourself so that you are lying face down on your bed.  Breathe in through  your nose.
  3. As you breathe out through your mouth, lift your right arm off the bed about 2 to 3 inches.
  4. While continuing to breathe out, lift your left leg as high as possible without strain or pain.
  5. Hold for about 5 seconds and then slowly lower both your arm and your leg while breathing in.
  6. Reverse i.e., lift your left arm and your right leg and hold again for the same amount of time.  Remember to breathe with your movements.
  7. Increase the amount of repetitions when possible and also the amount of time you hold your arm and leg up off the mattress.

Sea of Energy (CV 6):

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the point marked CV 6.  It will be approximately 2 finger-widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  You may use this point as often 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 #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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The exercises in this blog are intended for educational purposes only.  Always consult with your health care provider before beginning a new exercise program.