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Karen Golden, a wonderful massage therapist in Tampa Florida, gave me these exercise
when I was in my 30s. They didnt do much for me then. But I recently dug them
out of my files and tried them again. Wow! I had more energy after doing them than before.
No wonder she calls them energizing exercises.
Some of these exercises may be hard at
first. If you cant do straight leg lifts, then bend your knees to make it easier. It
isnt necessary to do them just like the pictures. Trying is what counts. Trying will
bring you the benefits. If you really cant do one of them skip it until you are
stronger. Other than that, do the exercises in the order given. I dont know why, but
they work better that way.
Karen says these exercises originated
in Tibet. Wherever they came from, Im impressed enough with them to recommend them.
All of the exercises come with the instruction to do them 6 to 21 times. If you cant
do 6, just do what you can. You will get stronger. On average it takes less than ten
minutes to do all five exercises. At the end of the 5 exercises, Ill put some links
to exercise pages on the web.
What should you do with all this extra
energy? My first recommendation is that you start a regular exercise program; lifting
weights, doing yoga, aerobics, toning. Its your body. Its your choice. Enjoy!
1st Energizing Exercise: Spinning
Spinning requires practice and should
be done daily as follows:
Position yourself as in the diagram to the right, hands straight to the sides, head facing
2.) Keep your eyes open but do not focus them. Disconnect from the
visual field as you would when feigning blindness or when lost in thought.
3.) When spinning, keep the ball of your right foot planted,
moving its heal from the 6 oclock to the 12 oclock position, moving the left
leg around your right. (If you need more than two moves to get around, use as many as you
need, but be sure to count your spins, not your moves.)
4.) Always spin clockwise, that is, the right arm will spin
backward and the left forward. Why? No scientific reason known. The Tibetans say so.
5.) Keep the line of your back, neck, and head square with your
shoulders. Do not lead into the spin by turning your head.
6.) As you begin to spin, the room will start to spin / whirl
around you. Feel the bottoms of your feet and the line straight through your body where
your balance, your core, is. This will help your equilibrium.
7.) When you stop spinning, the room wont. Do not focus our
eyes. Do not refocus until the room has come to a complete stop.
8.) Initially spin only 3-4 times more than it takes to get the
room spinning. Then recover. If you feel like you must sit d own, do so. Do as many as you
can easily, and increase gradually. Never, however, spin more than 21 times. Again, this
is a Tibetan rule. Apparently the nature of the exercise will change if you proceed to do
As you proceed with your spinning practice you may notice:
1.) The more you have practiced, the longer it will take for
the room to begin spinning.
2.) The longer you have practiced, the quicker the room will stop
spinning after you have stopped spinning.
3.) The more practiced you are the stronger will be your ability
to stand ground with ease. Rides and swings will no longer be nauseating if they have been
in the past.