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Exercise #172 – Breathing Exercises to Relieve Allergies and Sinus Problems, Part 4


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“I have three treasures
I hold on to them and protect them
The first is called compassion
The second is called conservation
The third is called not daring to be ahead in the world
Compassionate, thus able to have courage
Conserving, thus able to reach widely
Not daring to be ahead in the world
Thus able to assume leadership
Now if one has courage but discards compassion
Reaches widely but discards conservation
Goes ahead but discards being behind
Then death!
If one fights with compassion, then victory
With defense, then security
Heaven shall save them
And with compassion guard them.”

Tao Te Ching #67:2, translated at http://www.taoism.net

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This week’s exercise combines  slow and thoughtful breathing with massage and an acupressure point.  Make sure you are in a comfortable chair in a quiet space in your home.  Relaxing music and the soothing sounds of a tabletop waterfall or fountain can set the stage for a refreshing interval in your busy day.  Please take a look at the music suggested below in the section entitled “This Week’s Featured Items from the Healing Tai Chi Store”.

Opening the sinuses:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with  your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart.  Take 3 slow, controlled breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Beginning at the side of your nose about midway, slide your fingers down and then out underneath your cheekbones until you are directly underneath the pupils of your eyes.
  3. Continue sliding your fingers downward and underneath your cheekbones for about 12 repetitions as you breathe in and out through  your nose only.
  4. Using your thumbs, press up underneath your eyebrows where the bridge of the nose meets the ridge of the eyebrows.
  5. Continue pressing with both thumbs for no less than a full minute while again breathing slowly in and out through your nose.

Center of Power (CV 12) :

  • Click on the illustration above from Gach’s vook, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view.
  • Locate the acupressure point labeled CV 12 about midway between your belly button and the base of your breastbone..
  • Using the fingertips of both hands, press upward on this point while leaning slightly forward with your upper body for a full minute.  While you are pressing on this effective point, breathe deeply.

Caution:  Do not use this point if you are or have recently been seriously ill.

Benefits:  This effective point will relieve frustration, emotional stress, headaches and will help to balance and harmonize the stomach.

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

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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 #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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 Allergy Zones:  http://www.prevention.com/allergyzones/index.shtml

Natural Remedies: http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/herbal-allergy-relief.html

Video of Seated Exercises (please click on the link below to open the 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 #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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Natural remedies for sunburn:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/sunburn-remedies.html  

This week’s exercise video: 

 

Click on the links below for sites that feature products for your fitness program or informative blogs to help you live a healthier life.

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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 #163 – Sciatica Exercises Lying Down, Part 1


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“Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Impartiality is sovereign
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger.”

Tao Te Ching #16:3, translated at www.Taoism.net

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The following series of exercises target the lower back and the sciatic nerve.  They are intended to be performed while lying down on the floor but can be done on your bed as well if necessary.  As always, consult your health care provider before starting a new exercise particularly if you have had surgery or a serious injury to your lower back.

Curls:

  1. Before you begin, sit on the edge of the bed and take 6 slow, thoughtful breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  2. Swing your legs onto the bed making sure you are not too close to the edge.
  3. Now, bend your knees so that your back is flat against the mattress.  If necessary, lift your hips slightly so you can’t slide your hand between the small of your back and the mattress.
  4. Cross your arms over your chest and take a slow breath in through your nose.
  5. Lift your upper back off the mattress as you breathe out slowly through your mouth.  Hold this position for at least 5 seconds.
  6. Repeat for a total of 6 curls if you are able.  Start with fewer curls if you find yourself out of breath or if you have any pain after you have completed the exercise.  You can always increase the number as your back and abdominal muscles become stronger.

Sea of Energy (CV 6)

  • Click on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, to enlarge your view if necessary.
  • This point is 2 finger-widths below your belly button.
  • Press firmly on this point for at least 30 seconds while breathing slowly in and out through your nose only.  Repeat throughout 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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Natural remedies:  http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/sunburn-remedies.html 

This week’s 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 #161 – Relaxing and Loosening the Shoulders, Part 6


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“A good commander achieves result, then stops
And does not dare to reach for domination
Achieves result but does not brag
Achieves result but does not flaunt
Achieves result but is not arrogant
Achieves result but only out of necessity
Achieves result but does not dominate.”

Tao Te Ching #30:3, translated at http://www.taoism.com

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These exercises are designed to strengthen your shoulder muscles.  You may use weights to increase the amount of benefit from the arm swings but use caution.  If you have recently undergone surgery on your shoulder, consult with your physician before beginning this exercise and especially if you plan to use weights.

Arms Swings:

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor shoulder-width apart, back supported by the back of your chair.  For this exercise, it might be best to sit in a chair without arms.
  2. Begin with a breath in through your nose. Then, swing one arm back slowly, return to the center and then swing your arm to the front slowly and return to the center, then out to the side and pause and return to your starting position. Continue to breathe in and out through your nose only but don’t try to match your breaths with your arm swings.
  3. Repeat the front and back swing and then the side swing for a minimum of 6 sets.
  4. Change arms and repeat steps #2 through #4.
  5. Stop and rest.  If you feel up to repeating the exercise with each arm once again, do so.  But, don’t overdo it with too many repetitions.

Gates of Consciousness (GB 20):

  • Locate the acupressure point labeled GB 20 on the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.
  • Use both hands so you can press firmly on these two points.  Hold for a full minute.
  • You may use this point 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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Health article:  http://www.prevention.com/all-natural-pedicure/index.html

Natural remedies:   http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/sunburn-remedies.html

Exercise video:    

Click on the links below for sites that feature products for your fitness program or informative blogs to help you live a healthier life.

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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.

 

Happy Fourth of July!


Happy Fourth to You and Your Family

From All of Us at Healing T’ai Chi

We’ll be back next week with a new exercise to balance mind, body and spirit.