Exercise #159 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 4


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“There is no crime greater than greed
No disaster greater than discontentment
No fault greater than avarice
Thus the satisfaction of contentment
is the lasting satisfaction.”

Tao Te Ching #46:2, translated at www.taoism.net

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In this week’s exercise, we’ll be stretching the shoulders with arms bent at a 90 degree angle.  If you experience any pain or extreme discomfort, stop this exercise and go back to any of the previous exercises for shoulders that you could tolerate.

  1. Sit as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart flat on the floor.
  2. Move away from the back of your chair so that you are sitting toward the edge of it as far forward as possible.  Sit only as far forward as is safe.
  3. Bend your arms so that your forearms are parallel with the floor and your elbows are bent.
  4. Press your arms behind you squeezing your shoulder blades together.  Release and then repeat again for a total of 3 to 6 times.
  5. Keeping your arms bent with your forearms parallel to the floor, bring your elbows in front of you until they touch (if possible).  Repeat the forward squeeze also for 3 to 6 times.

Heavenly Rejuvenation (TW 15)

  • Click on the illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, if necessary to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the point labeled TW 15. 
  • Press firmly on this point on one shoulder or on both shoulders at the same time if you prefer.  Hold for at least a full minute but preferably for 1 to 3 minutes as often as necessary to release stiffness in the shoulders.

Benefits:  This point will relieve muscular tension in the shoulders, a stiff neck or shoulder 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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Exercise #157 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 2


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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 www.taoism.net

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This week’s exercise is appropriate for anyone who experiences stiffness in the shoulders whether from spending the day humched over a computer or as a result of aging.  Always approach each new exercise with caution, move slowly and don’t forget to breathe with each movement.    The use of a towel or stretch bands also helps to strengthen shoulder muscles.  Consult your health care professional to learn the proper use of these items particularly if  you have recently had surgery on one or both of your shoulders.

Shoulder Stretch:

  1. Pull your chair up to a table so that your back is to the table.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly and thoughtfully about 6 times before you begin.
  3. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth as you bend the elbow of your right arm and place it on the table.
  4. With your left hand  gently push your right shoulder forward and downward.
  5. Breathe in again and repeat with the same shoulder at least 6 times.
  6. Put your left elbow on the table as you breathe in.  Then breathe out through your mouth as you push your left shoulder forward and downward.  Release and repeat for at least 6 times.

Outer Arm Bone (LI 14)

(Illustration from Acupressure’s Potent Points by Michael Reed Gach)

  • Find the acupressure point on the illustration above labeled LI 14.  If necessary, enlarge your view by clicking on the illustration above.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute on the painful shoulder side.
  • If both shoulders are tense and sore, alternate sides for a full minute on each arm.

Bebefits:  This potent point will relieve pain in arms and shoulders.  This point will also lessen shoulder tension and a stiff neck.

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Exercise #141 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 8


 

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“Bearing it, rearing it
Bearing without possession
Achieving without arrogance
Raising without domination
This is called the Mystic Virtue.”

Tao Te Ching #10:2, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This week’s acupressure point is the Third Eye Point (GV 24.5).   This is a very effective point for many health concerns – both mental and physical.  For this week, we are going to use the Third Eye Point stimulate the pituitary gland which will improve the condition of the skin throughout the thole body.

 

Third Eye Point (GV 24.5):

  1. Sit as usual in a quiet area of your home.  Take 3 to 6 slow breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. You will find this acupressure point between your eyebrows at an indentation where the bridge of the nose meets the center of the forehead.
  3. Clasp your hands together in a prayer position.  Use your middle and index fingers to lightly touch the Third Eye Point.  Concentrate on this point and breathe in and out slowly through your nose for 1 to 2 minutes.

 Centering ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more.

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Exercise #140 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 7


 

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“Fame or the self, which is dearer?
The self or wealth, which is greater?
Gain or loss, which is more painful?

Thus excessive love must lead to great spending
Excessive hoarding must lead to heavy loss

Knowing contentment avoids disgrace
Knowing when to stop avoids danger
Thus one can endure indefinitely.”

Tao Te Ching, #44, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This week we’re going to concentrate on the acupressure point called Heavenly Appearance (SI 17).  This highly effective acupressure point will help to balance your thyroid gland and increase the luster of your skin.  This point can also be used to relieve hives.  You can use this point any time and as often as necessary.

 

Heavenly Appearance (SI 17):

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Tuck your hips slightly underneath you (just for the time you spend breathing and using the acupressure point).  Take 3 slow relaxing breaths in through your nose and out throug your mouth.
  2. You will find Heavenly Appearance behind your jawbone in an indentation directly below your ear lobe
  3. Press gently on this point for no less that a full minute as often as necessary.

 

End your session with the breathing exercise, Centering Ch’i:

Breathe in through your nose tightening your abdomen as you do so (reverse breathing).

Lift your arms out to the sides until they are above your head, palms facing the ceiling, fingers slightly apart.

Hold for a moment, then release your hands so they are facing downward again and lower your arms slowly back to your sides as you breathe out through your mouth, releasing just your lower abdomen.  Repeat all steps twice more.

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Exercise #125 – Oxygenate to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Health, Part 3


 

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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 by www.Taoism.net

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When practicing these breathing exercises, always be careful not to force your breathing to be deeper or slower than is natural for you.  Benefits come from concentrating on your breathing and practicing these exercises every day.   Sit comfortably in a quiet space and let  your mind clear as you center your mind on the movement of your breath in and out.

Diaphragmatic breathing:

  1.  Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart,  hips tucked slightly underneath you.
  2. Hold your hands over your diaphragm so you can be sure that you are breathing from the correct place.
  3. Breathe in through your nose slowly and with concentration and expand your diaphragm. Hold your breath for a moment and then breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Continue breathing in and out paying particular attention to the natural expansion of your diaphragm.
  5. Again, please be careful not to overdo the diaphrgamatic expansion nor the depth and slowness of your breath beyond your natural limits. 

 Acupressure point:

 

  • Click on the illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Aupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Locate Great Abyss (Lu 9), at the base of your thumb.
  • Press firmly on this area for a full minute while breathing slowly and thoughfully in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Benefits:  This effective point is beneficial in relieving lung problems, coughing and asthma.  You may use it often during 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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