Exercise #160 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 5


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“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence
Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders.”

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

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This week’s exercise is a variation on the up and back and side to side head movements that we covered in a previous post.   these movements will loosen up your neck and release tension in the shoulders.  As always, approach a new exercise slowly and carefully.  Breathe in and out through your nose in time with your head movements always breathing out when you tilt your head.

Head tilts: 

  1. Sit as usual with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart.
  2. Take 6 breaths slowly in and out through your nose before you begin.
  3. Tuck your chin in and lower your head toward your chest continuing to tuck your chin a bit more as you lower your head.  Be sure to breathe in through your nose before you tilt your head.  Then breathe out as you tuck your chin and lower your head.
  4. Now, rest your hands lightly on top of your head.  Don’t press down on your head at all.
  5. Begin breathing in as you slowly move your head to an upright position.
  6. Continue to tuck your chin and tilt your head toward your chest remembering to time your breaths with the movements at least 6 times.

Drilling Bamboo (B 2)

  • For a larger view of the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, click on the picture.
  • Press firmly on B2 with your thumbs (one side at a time or both sides at the same time) while you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.
  • Continue pressing on these points for no less than a full minute.  You can  use B2 as often as necessary.

Benefits:  This point will relieve neck pain and stiffness, headaches, hay fever and eye fatigue.  This point is also very effective to relieve sinus pressure and a stuffy nose.

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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.

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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 #153 – Neck Loosening and Relaxing Exercises, Part 2


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“The space between Heaven and Earth
Is it not like a bellows?
Empty, and yet never exhausted
It moves, and produces more.”

Tao Te Chin #5:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This week we continue with exercises for the neck, an area considered by the Chinese to be the gateway between the mind and the body and, therefore, of great importance in releasing stress and improving health.  In this exercise we will be moving the head from side to side.  Never force your head toward your shoulders.  Allow your head to drop naturally and, as always, consult your health care provider before beginning this exercise particularly if you have had an injury or surgery on your neck.

Side to side head drops:

  1. Begin by sitting with your back supported by the back of your chair, feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.
  2. Take 6 to 12 slow, centering breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth before you start the head tilts.
  3. Allow your head to fall naturally toward your right shoulder as you breathe out through your nose.
  4. Return your head to the center position while breathing in through your nose.
  5. Now, allow your head to drop toward your left shoulder breathing out through your nose.
  6. Return your head to the upright position while breathing in through your nose (breaths will necessarily be rather short).
  7. Continue tilting your head from side to side slowly for at least 12 repetitions.

Wind Mansion (GV 16)

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

  • If necessary, click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled GV 16.
  • Press firmly on this point for no less than a full minute.  The recommended time is usually 3 to 5 minutes.

Benefits: This acupressure point is beneficial for eyes, ears, nose and throat,  It is particularly helpful to relieve headaches, vertigo and stiff or painful necks.

 

 

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Exercise #152 – Neck Loosening and Relaxing Exercises, Variation on Part 1


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“Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom.”

Tao Te Chi 14:3, translated at http://www.Taoism.net

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This week’s exercise is a variation on the previous one you practiced last week.  Here we combine the head movements with acupressure points on both shoulders.  If you have had an injury or surgery on your neck, always consult your health care provider before trying any of these exercises.

 

Head to chest and back with Shoulder Well acupressure point:

  1. Begin by sitting with your back fully supported by the back of your chair feet shoulder-width apart and flat on the floor.
  2. Take 6 to 12 slow, thoughtful breaths in and out of your nose while visualizing the movement of ch’i through the upper part of your body, your neck and head.
  3. Bend your arms, curve the fingers of both hands and press on the top of your shoulder muscles close to the base of your neck.
  4. Breathe in through your nose then out through your mouth as you bend your head forward slowly toward your chest.
  5. Hold for a moment as you gradually increase the pressure of your fingers on your shoulders.  Breathe in through your nose again as you return your head to the upright position.
  6. Breathe out again through your mouth (continue to press on your shoulders) and lower your head slowly and carefully to the back.
  7. Breathe in again through your nose and return your head to the upright position.
  8. Continue bending your head forward to the chest and back remembering to breathe out each time you do.  Repeat for at least 6 bends forward and backward.

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the 2 pressure points on the top of the shoulders labeled GB 21.  This is the area you should be pressing on for this exercise.

 

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Exercise #151 – Neck Loosening and Relaxing Exercises, Part 1


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“Who can be muddled yet desist
In stillness gradually become clear?
Who can be serene yet persist
In motion gradually come alive?

One who holds this Tao does not wish to be overfilled
Because one is not overfilled
Therefore one can preserve and not create anew.”

Tao Te Ching #15:3, 4,  transliated by www.Taoism.net

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We are going to move up the body now to concentrate on exercises for loosening and relaxing the neck.    If you have had a neck injury recently or surgery on your neck in the past year, please consult your doctor before you begin any of these exercises.  These exercises are perfectly safe for anyone with a stiff or tense neck muscles but they may be harmful for certain neck injuries.

Head movements back and front:

  1. Before you begin, take 3 to 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Allow your head to drop down toward your chest as you breathe out through your nose.  Return your head to the upright position as you breathe in again through your nose.
  3. Lower your head to the back so that your face is toward the ceiling (slowly and carefully) as you breathe out through your nose.  Return your head to the upright position as you breathe out through your nose.
  4. Continue lowering your head to your chest and then toward your back for 6 to 12 repetitions.  Match your breathing with your movements as described above and stretch your neck slowly and cautiously each time.

Heavenly Pillar acupressure point:

 

  • Cliuck on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s Acupressure’s Potent Points to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the point labeled B10.
  • Curve your fingers and place them on the ropy muscles 1/2 inch below the base of the skull and 1/2 inch outward from the spine.
  • Press firmly on these two points (one on each side) as you move your head up and back breathing out on each movement toward your chest or to the back.  Breathe out through your nose as you return to the center.
  • Continue moving your head carefully and breathing with the movements for several minutes.

Benefits:  This potent acupressure point will relieve a stiff neck, a sore throat stress and exhaustion.

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Exercise #148 – Ankle and Toe Stretch, Part 8


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“Tao produces one
One produces two
Two produce three
Three produce myriad things
Myriad things, backed by yin and embracing yang
Achieve harmony by integrating their energy
What the people dislike
Are alone, bereft, and unworthy
But the rulers call themselves with these terms.”

Tao Te Ching #42:1, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This week’s exercise stretches the thigh muscles and ankle muscles and tendons.  Be sure not to lock your knee when you stretch  your leg out to the side.  Always stretch carefully and gently while breathing slowly and thoughtfully.

 

 

Bow stance:

  1. Sit forward slightly on your chair so that you can stretch each leg out to the side comfortably.  Take a few slow breaths in and out through your nose before you begin.
  2. Breathe out as you stretch your right leg out to the side keeping your foot flat on the floor so that the outside of your ankle is stretched.
  3. Breathe in as you return your leg back to the center.  Repeat 6 to 12 times.
  4. Stretch out your left leg and repeat steps 2 and 3 for the same number of times as above.
  5. When you complete both the exercise with both legs, sit for a couple minutes and breathe in and out through your nose relaxing all yoru muscles.

Elegant Mansion:

 

(illustration from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points)

  • You can find the acupressure point Elegant Mansion (K 27) just below the protrusion of the collarbone directly to the side of the breastbone.
  • Press firmly on these points with  your middle fingers for 3 to 5 minutes as you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.

Benefits: This point will strengthen the immune system, relieve chest congestion, asthma, coughing and other breathing difficulties.

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