Seated Exercises for You #41


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Below is your seated exercise for this week.  Please feel free to leave a comment in the “leave a reply” box below.

Please join us in our quest to find the best seated exercises for those of us with temporary or permanent mobility limitations.  So…if you are a healthcare professional, caregiver or a taiji or qigong instructor, we would like to hear from you.  Please send a short article, photos or videos of the exercises (seated or standing) you use for your students or patients to healingtaichi@yahoo.com with the subject line “chair tai chi blog.”

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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,

 

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Exercise #183 – Exercises and Acupressure for Nausea and Indigestion, Part 5


 

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“The appearance of great virtue
Follows only the Tao
The Tao, as a thing
Seems indistinct, seems unclear

So unclear, so indistinct
Within it there is image
So indistinct, so unclear
Within it there is substance
So deep, so profound
Within it there is essence.”

Tao Te Ching #21: 1, 2 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This week we continue to study and learn the acupressure points and breathing for stomachaches,  indigestion and nausea.  Our acupressure point this week is the Inner Gate (P6) acupressure point which is located on the arm.  Always begin your session with a few slow, deep, thoughtful breaths while seated comfortably in your favorite chair in a quiet area of your home or office.

Healthful breathing and the Inner Gate (P6) Acupressure Point:

  1. Sit comfortably with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.  Take 6 slow thoughtful breaths in and out through your nose.
  2. Locate the Inner Gate acupressure point on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  3. This point is located on the inside of the arm approximately in the middle of the wrist area.  It is about 2 1/2 finger widths above the wrist (i.e., moving up your arm toward the elbow).
  4.  Press firmly on this point with the thumb of your other hand for no less than a full minute.  Frequent use of this point will relieve indigestion, nausea, anxiety and stomachaches.

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 #180 – Exercises and Acupressure for Nausea and Indigestion, Part 2


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“Close the mouth
Shut the doors
Blunt the sharpness
Unravel the knots
Dim the glare
Mix the dust
This is called Mystic Oneness.”

Tao Te Chin #56:2 translated at http://www.taoism.net

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In this post, we’re continuing with our acupressure points and breathing to relieve indigestion, nausea and heartburn.  Sit comfortably in your favorite chair.  Breathe in and out slowly and thoughtfully through your nose at least 6 times before you begin pressing on the acupressure point shown below.  Continue to breathe in the same way and close your eyes as you stimulate the appropriate acupressure point.  This point can be used frequently during the day if needed.

Sea of Energy (CV 6):

  1. After you’ve breathed in and out through your nose at least  6 times.
  2. Locate the acupressure point labeled CV 6 on the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  3. Press with one or two fingers on this point that can be found 2 finger-widths below your belly button.  Hold for at least one full minute.
  4. When you finish, continue sitting comfortably with your feet flat on the floor, eyes closed.  Breathe in and out through your nose slowly at least 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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Home remedies for nausea:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/home-remedies-for-nausea.html

Exercise video (please click on the link below to view this 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 #179 – Exercises and Acupressure for Nausea and Indigestion, Part1


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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 http://www.taoism,net

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              With the holiday season upon us, I thought we should discuss acupressure points and exercises to relieve indigestion and nausea.   We’re surrounded by rich foods, candy,  fancy desserts and large meals at this time of the year as we celebrate with friends and family.

              The acupressure point we’re talking about today is specifically designed to relieve abdominal pain and indigestion.  It should be used before meals or two hours after a meal.  The easiest and most effective way to  make use of the acupressure point, Center of Power (CV12), is to lie down on your back on the floor or bed with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.

  1.  Begin by breathing slowly in and out through your nose 6 times.
  2. Locate CV12 on the illustration below from Micheal Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  3. Press inward and upward at a 45 degree angle.  Slowly increase the pressure on this point where you will feel a muscle mass.  Hold the point for 2 minutes while continuing to breathe in and out slowly.

Cautions:  This point should not be used by anyone under the age of 12.  Mr. Gach also cautions against pressing and holding this point very deeply if you have a life-threatening or chronic illness such as cancer, high blood pressure or heart disease.

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 for indigestion:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/indigestion-remedies.html

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


Welcome to Healing Tai Chi!

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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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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 #177 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 9


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi!

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“Sages do not accumulate
The more they assist others, the more they possess
The more they give to others, the more they gain.”

Tao Te Ching #81:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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The breathing exercise this week is effective in relieving hay fever and sinus problems that afflict so many of us at this time of the year.  the acupressure points and illustration are taken from Michael reed Gach’s wonderful book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.   Remember it is best to use these points and breathing exercises in a quiet place seated in a comfortable chair for the best results.

GV 20 and GV 26:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your feet shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.  Sit comfortably in your chair so that your back is fully supported by the back of your chair, allowing for the natural curve in your spine.
  2. Breathe in slowly and thoughtfully through your nose without strain.  Breathe out through your nose until you must take another breath.  Continue to breathe in and out for a total of 6 times.
  3. Now, locate the acupressure points on the top of the head at GV20 and on a point midway between your upper lip and nose (GV26) as shown on the illustration below:


4. Press firmly on these 2 points at the same time for a full minute.

5. As you hold your fingers on these points, continue breathing in and out through your nose slowly.

6. You may use these points 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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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 #176 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 8


Welcome to Healing T’ai Chi

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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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Tips for improving breathing:  http://www.prevention.com/health/health/emotional-health/stress-and-circle-breath/article/f47a8169c1903110VgnVCM20000012281eac____

Natural remedies for better breathing:   http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/natural-anxiety-treatment.html

Exercise video:   

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.