Fighting Parkinson’s, and the Recipe in-depth, part 5

I intend to take each part of the Recipe, physical, mental, and spiritual, and explain why it is in the Recipe and what it is doing for you in your recovery, deeply drilling down to the how and why it is helping you recover from Parkinson’s. Today is the fifth part: Standing and Balance.

For those of you new to the blog, when I say “the Recipe,” I am talking about the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Click here to review the full version of the Recipe.

Standing and Balance.

Here is a Qigong exercise I did called “standing.” That’s all you do…stand. It is a very powerful exercise because it opens channels, lubricates joints and gets balance back where it should be. As a result of being unable to stand straight without falling over backwards, I modified my standing as follows:

1. Put your back against a wall where you can be looking at a clock.
2. Feet should be shoulder width apart and pointing forward.
3. Bend your knees a little as if squatting to sit on the edge of a stool; squeeze anus once and release.
4. Hold arms in front of body as if holding a beach ball against your chest, with hands at eye level and palms facing your abdomen.
5. Your shoulders and elbows should be relaxed.
6. Your mouth should be closed, teeth closed but not clenched, and tip of your tongue resting against the roof of your mouth directly behind your middle two top teeth.
7. Inhale deeply through your nose into your diaphragm.
8. Exhale fully through your nose.
9. If possible, stand for two minutes. Gradually see if you can stand for five minutes.

There are two main purposes for Standing and Balance. First, when you have been doing the liver and kidneys Qigong exercises, you have stirred up a lot of toxins. Standing and Balance holds you in a stationary position so the toxins can settle downward and be eliminated from your body. Think of the Qigong exercises as shaking up a snow globe, and Standing and Balance as putting it down on the table to let all of the snow settle down to the bottom.

Second, by just “standing,” you are allowing your body to search out blockages in your meridian systems and open up again its own natural energy passageways. By standing in a stationary position, you are not interfering with your body healing you.

Here is a look at the meridians:

12 Organ Meridians

Standing and Balance.

1. Put your back against a wall where you can be looking at a clock.
This is a modification. If your balance is good enough that you do not have to put your back against the wall to do Standing and Balance, then please feel free to do it without your back against the wall.

2. Feet should be shoulder width apart and pointing forward.
This is the beginning of getting you centered and balanced.

3. Bend your knees a little as if squatting to sit on the edge of a stool; squeeze anus once and release.
The bend in the knees allows for smooth energy flow. The squeezing and releasing of the anus is to “close” the orifice so energy will circulate inside the body and not escape.

4. Hold arms in front of body as if holding a beach ball against your chest, with hands at eye level and palms facing your abdomen.
5. Your shoulders and elbows should be relaxed.
As you can see from the meridian graphic above, by putting your arms in this position, you are positioning the parts of the meridians that flow up and down your arms to your hands into a better position for smooth flowing energy. Many of you suffer from having tight and stiff shoulders. The tightness in the shoulders pinches the meridians and interrupts smooth flowing energy. Here, you are releasing the meridians and they can flow more freely to open blockages.

6. Your mouth should be closed, teeth closed but not clenched, and tip of your tongue resting against the roof of your mouth directly behind your middle two top teeth.
The purpose here is to have a good flow of energy by not clenching your teeth. The purpose of tongue placement is to “connect and keep a smooth flow” of the microcosmic orbit of the Conception Vessel and Governing Vessel (more on this below).

7. Inhale deeply through your nose into your diaphragm.
This allows for maximum oxygen to enter your body (more on this below).

8. Exhale fully through your nose.
This allows for toxins to leave, and it allows you to keep your tongue in place on the exhale.

9. If possible, stand for two minutes. Gradually see if you can stand for five minutes.
Do your best.

I had been doing a brocade of Qigong exercises for 10 years prior to getting Parkinson’s. So, I knew, Qigong, by itself, would not cure Parkinson’s…clearly, it had not even stopped me from getting Parkinson’s. Since the Qigong I was doing for 10 years had not stopped me from getting Parkinson’s, I put it to the side. That is why the Qigong in the Recipe is Medical Qigong. It is there to heal your organs.

However, I knew how important and power Standing and Balance was and is! It is the only Qigong I had been doing for those 10 years that is in the Recipe.

Some additional things to assist you with Standing and Balance:

Click here to learn about deep diaphragm breathing.
Click here to learn about the microcosmic orbit of energy flow to enhance your recovery.
Click here to learn why you need not be afraid if you experience new pain or increased tremors while doing Standing and Balance.
Click here to learn even more about why you need not be afraid if you experience new pain or increased tremors while doing Standing and Balance (fear of new pain or more tremors that may appear during Standing and Balance needs to be defeated so you will continue to do this essential exercise).

Okay!!!

That’s it!

You are worth it!!!

I will be back soon.

All my best,

Howard

 

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5 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and the Recipe in-depth, part 5

  1. hans says:

    A big thank you, Howard. Very enlightning!

  2. Karen in Ireland says:

    Bless you Howard, I can’t stress enough how great all this indepth information is helping. I really feel I was just going through the motions daily. Now I am truly going ” inside” knowing exactly what each movement is doing! Loving these posts. Btw Love to Sally, delighted she doing so well.
    With Love as Always.
    Karen xx

  3. Jane says:

    Howard, I do not have words to say how brilliant these posts are. They answer 100 questions I did not even know I had. They activate my imagination and allow me to understand how vast and profound and whole-making this recipe is. I am moved by the depth, clarity and simplicity of the posts. There is a feeling of deep companionship in many ways, for instance, your quoting from “Not always so”– an old favourite. Love the illustrations: so helpful to see what’s going on.

    Am feeling bowled over by gratitude. Great blessings, Jane

    • mayarita says:

      Thank you Howard. This exercise at first was the most difficult for me and made me cry at the beginning but for those of you new here persevere as it is really a powerful release and then becomes easier and strengthens and gives confidence.

  4. judy says:

    I totally agree w/Mayarita. It’s amazing to me the physical response my body has to some of these exercises: confirmation that something is happening!…something good!

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