Nautical term or something more earthy?
Whatever its origin, there’s no doubt as to how cold it is here today and I swear I saw a monkey in the distance, hobbling past with a pained expression on its face =)
Don’t worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this post.
It’s 8am and I’m writing this on my nifty little iPad mini sat in the Orchid room at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren, waiting for my camera woman to arrive (thanks mum).
I’ve got a lot of filming to do today and it’s simply too dark to do at home.
What am I filming? Good question.
Let’s just say it’s part of the PERFECT Qigong project I’m working on for release in 2013 and leave it at that for now.
This cold reminds me of something, so whilst I wait for my mum to arrive let me tell you about Large Intestine 4 (LI 4).
I first came across the wonderful healing power of LI 4 back in early 2006.
As a Qigong teacher struggling to make a living I decided to add Tui Na (a Chinese form of therapeutic massage) to my list of skills in a hope I could generate some extra income.
Long story short, it turned out to be a fail.
I attended all the sessions, did all the practicals, completed all the assignments and ticked all the boxes but couldn’t afford to take my exams.
Anyway, before the violins start playing a sad melody just for me, let’s move on.
As I’m sure you know, Tui Na is one of the 5 main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and as such complements Qigong nicely.
But instead of using Qigong exercises performed in a meditative state of mind to enhance energy flow and promote health and vitality. Tui Na uses direct stimulation to accupoints on your body using elbows, fists, fingers and palms.
And because of this the practitioner needs to have a very good working knowledge of the accupoints and so on.
One of my favourite points has to be LI 4, here’s a list of some of the benefits to be had by manipulating it:
- It’s one of the most powerful points for general well being.
- Stimulates the immune system.
- Treats most head and face problems.
- Overcomes headache.
- Reduces toothache.
- Relives nausea and travel sickness.
Pretty cool huh?
NEVER use this point during pregnancy though, Ok?
I love this tool so much but I still kick myself today about it.
Because I meant to include it with the other 29 tools in my book: Smiling From The Heart — http://smilingfromtheheart.com — and forgot!
So today I’d like to correct that and make it available to you dear Qigong Daily subscriber.
After you’ve watched the video and read the simple instructions, just remember to press this point until it’s uncomfortable and manipulate it for longer than you think necessary.
Oh, and did i mention: if you’re pregnant You Can’t Do It?
You’ll find all the details you need here:
Enjoy your practice!