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images (2), welcome 4We’re back with a new format for the Chair Tai Chi blog.

      This blog is now a meeting place for anyone involved in caring for the elderly or disabled.  Healthcare professionals and caregivers are welcome to submit articles.  Write about an exercise program, an alternative health methodology, or anything else you think might be of interest and help to those who care for people of any age with limited mobility, mental health issues, or chronic illnesses.

Below are some topic suggestions:

  • Tapping
  • Meditation
  • Natural remedies
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Qigong
  • Taiji
  • Acupressure/acupuncture
  • Yoga

      Everyone is encouraged to contribute.   Whether you are a nurse, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant, a martial arts or yoga instructor, a family member or friend of someone who is elderly or disabled…we want to hear from you.  If you have a question, a suggestion, a story about your experience with a patient/student or a family member, let us know about it.

      Please send a paragraph or two or a complete article to healingtaichi@yahoo.com with the subject line “article for chair blog”.  If your article seems a bit long for a blog, I will run it as a two or three part article over a period of weeks.  You’re welcome to also send photos or a video of a class you teach or group you work with.  Please remember, you must have permission to photograph or video tape anyone, even family members.

      We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your interest in alternative therapies and the Chair Tai Chi blog.

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Exercise #150 – Ankle and Toe Stretch, Part 10


 

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“That which is well established cannot be uprooted
That which is strongly held cannot be taken
The descendants will commemorate it forever.”

Tao Te Ching 54:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This week’s exercise will loosen and stretch your ankles allowing for more mobility and flexibility in the ankle joints.  You may need to sit slightly forward on your chair in order to easily get your foot to the side of your chair.

 

 

Heel circles to the side of the chair:

  1. Take about 6 breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly and thoughtfully.
  2. Slide slightly forward in your chair but keep your back straight.  Breathe in and out through your nose only but don’t try to time your breaths with the heel circles.
  3. Rest your left big toe on the ground and slowly circle your heel in a clockwise direction for 12 circles.  Then reverse the direction of the circles so that you are now moving your heel counterclockwise for 12 circles.
  4. Change feet and repeat steps #2 and #3.
  5. Make sure that you do an equal amount of circle in both directions and with both feet.

Wilderness Mound (GB 40)

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

  • Click on the illustration above to enlarge your view.  Locate the point labeled GB40.
  • Press firmly on this point with your index or middle finger as you breathe in and out slowly through your nose.
  • Continue to press on this effective point for between 3 and 5 minutes depending on the severity of your pain or injury.

Benefits: This point will help to relieve ankle sprain or toe cramps.  This point is also useful for relieving foot and ankle pain that results from sciatica.

 

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 #142 – Ankle and Toe Stretch, Part 1


 

 

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“The Tao is empty
When utilized, it is not filled up
So deep! It seems to be the source of all things.”

Tao Te Ching #4:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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In the next few weeks, we will be working on stretching and strengthening legs, feet and ankles.  In this first exercise, you will be stretching the muscles of your feet and ankles at the same time.  As usual, be cautious when you practice these movements.   Carefully test the foot positions and your stability on your chair before beginning the full exercise.  If you believe this is a safe exercise for you to do, then go ahead.  Otherwise, skip this exercise and go back to previous posts for your exercise session.

Top of the foot stretch:

  1. Begin sitting as usual with your legs shoulder-width apart, relaxed but upright.  Take a couple slow breaths before  you begin.
  2. Turn sideways on your chair so that you can extend a leg behind you.
  3. Turn your foot over so that the top of your foot is resting on the floor.  If that is too painful, use a small pillow underneath your foot to cushion it.
  4. Slide your leg forward to approximate a kneeling position sitting back on your legs (as much as possible while sitting on a chair instead of on the floor).
  5. Press down on the top of your foot as you breathe in and out slowly through your nose for a few seconds, pressing down and releasing alternately.
  6. Change feet and repeat steps 2 through 5.

 Acupressure point:

  • On the illustration above from Michael Reed Gach’s book, Acupressure’s Potent Points, locate the acupressure point labeled K3 (Bigger Stream).
  •  This point can be found in the hollow midway between the inside ankle bone and the Achilles tendon at the back of the leg.
  • Press firmly on this point for one to three minutes while breathing slowly in and out through your nose.

Benefits:  Michael Reed Gach warns that  “this acupressure point should not be strongly stimulated after the 3rd month of pregnancy”.  This point relieves swollen feet, strengthens the ankle joint and alleviates ankle 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 #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.

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 #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.

♥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 #139 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 6


 

 

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“Attain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return.”

Tao Te Ching #16:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This week we’re going to use the acupressure point, Wind Screen (TW 17). This highly effective point benefits the skin by balancing the thyroid gland.  It is also helpful in relieving hives.  You can use this acupressure point daily.

 

Wind Screen (TW 17):

  1. Sit as usual with your feet flat on the floor, shoulder-width apart, hips tucked slightly under you so that your back is fully supported by the back of the chair.
  2. Breathe in and out through your nose slowly at least 6 times.
  3. Locate the Wind Screen acupressure point on the illustration below which is from the book, Acupressure’s Potent Points.  Press firmly on this point for a full minute using your middle and index fingertips.

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.

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 #138 – Acupressure and Oxygenating for Healthy Skin, Part 5


 

 

 

Welcome to Healing Tai Chi 

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“There is something formlessly created
Born before Heaven and Earth
So silent! So ethereal!
Independent and changeless
Circulating and ceaseless
It can be regarded as the mother of the world.”

Tao Te Ching #25:1, translated at www.Taoism.net

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This post focuses on relieving facial blemishes, acne, and a poor complexion with sagging cheeks by increasing facial circulation  through the daily use of an acupressure point called Facial Beauty (St 3).   Add to that, slow and thoughtful oxygenating breath exercises and you have a system you can use at home easily whenever you have a few free moments.

  1. Sit quietly and breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth at least 6 times.
  2. Scroll down to the illustration below from Michael Reed Gach’s book and find the acupressure point labeled St 3.  You can find it on your own face at the bottom of your cheekbone. directly below the pupil of your eye.
  3. Press firmly on these points for a full minute at least once a day.

 

Conclude your session with 3 repetitions of 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.

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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