Qi Relaxation Exercise 2
Shoulders Up and Down
The shoulders are often the real villains in a bad posture, and the consequences of it. A bad posture does in itself cause tense shoulders, and the other way around, but there are many things that can create unnecessary tension in the shoulders. The following exercise is a way of countering the tension that shoulders can have, even if they are straight and the posture is good.
How to do it
- You can make this exercise standing up as well as sitting, but not lying down. I recommend that you close your eyes.
- With your arms along the sides of your body, pull your shoulders as high up as you can, so that they almost touch the ears. Do it at the same time as you inhale through your nose. Your arms should still hang loosely, and your hands should be open and inactive.
- Let your shoulders suddenly fall down at the same time as you exhale through your mouth.
- Repeat. You can continue with this exercise as long as you feel that it makes the shoulders relax more.
Note that this should be done after the exercise with the hands clenching and opening. If they are done in the reverse order, there is a risk that the exercise with the hands counters the result of the shoulder exercise.
Qi Relaxation Exercises
Here is a set of simple exercises by which to make your body relax. That's important to release your body enough to increase your qi energy flow. I recommend you to follow the order given below, at least in the beginning, when you familiarize yourself with the exercises and what they do to you. After that, you can choose according to your own needs.
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