I’m going to give you a series of easy to do daily stretches for increasing the quality of your life, relieving stiffness and muscular problems, and promoting longevity. Part I focused on the Acupressure points within the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This Part II will provide the stretches and dietary considerations for reducing stiffness and muscular pain. In this video clip, I’ll show you important stretches to do every day for your longevity and wellness.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the causes of muscular stiffness are related to the condition of your Liver and Gall Bladder, which govern the digestion of fats and oils. If you love to eat rich foods, such as ice cream, chips, fried foods, rich desserts, butter, and cream sauces, then you’re taxing these internal organs. This will make your body feel heavy and stiff. I have found Turmeric to be a good herb for counteracting stiffness.
The Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians also govern control issues, making decisions, and judgmental attitudes. Do you know anyone who is stuck in one of these areas? If so, I bet they also suffer from stiffness, excessive seriousness, or heaviness. If you change your diet by eliminating rich foods and eating more greens containing chlorophyll — such as Swiss chard, kale, romaine lettuce, and broccoli — then over a few months, you’ll change the chemistry within your body. You’ll be able to feel the difference.
Stretch Several Times Daily in your spare moments to benefit your Liver and Gall Bladder. A great time to stretch is while waiting in line. Stretching once in a while is not enough. Your body simply contracts too much both at night and during the day. If you sit at a desk all day, it’s vital to get up and stretch periodically. Stretching several times a day and eating more greens (both fresh and lightly cooked) is transformational for someone who wants to maintain a good quality of life.
Acupressure & Stretching are complementary. I have found that the Acupressure points open the healing energy to flow, which tones the muscles, and makes stretching more effective and therapeutic. Thus, continue to use Acupressure points GB 34 and St 36 regularly, as I showed you in Part I, to enhance your stretching.
Since as you age your body tends to get stiff and tension gets more chronic, it’s exciting to use Acupressure and stretching to increase your circulation and promote your overall wellness.
TREAT YOURSELF to RELIEVE STIFFNESS
2. Acu-Yoga Stretching Exercises – guided by Michael Reed Gach will get your body more flexible, all over.
3. For Stiffness & Pain:
Practice these stretches and Acupressure points daily; keep up!
~ Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
Acupressure Therapy Author