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



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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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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


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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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Have a Wonderful Labor Day Weekend!


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We’ll see you next week with a new exercise.

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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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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