Taking a deep breath

Room to breathe

Make space for the lungs To fully inflate during an inhale, the lungs need room to expand. The rib cage lifts and opens a bit upon inhalation, while the diaphragm moves down toward the abdomen. When we breathe, these two actions create space for the lungs to inflate. There is always room for more air!…

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Supporting the Lungs with Meridian Massage

Lungs are the “Tender Organ” The Lungs are vulnerable to fluctuations in temperature, air quality, and airborne pathogens. Because they are so vulnerable to outside conditions, the Lungs are said to be the most tender Organ in Chinese medicine.   Lungs are the Yin Organ pair to the Large Intestine The Yang partner of the…

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How to Prevent a Cold or Flu using Meridian Massage

Zip up your Qi Jacket! Many of us were taught to put on a jacket to prevent us from catching a cold or flu. These physical jackets work very well to block out the cold and wind. Imagine adding an energetic layer of protection – that is exactly what a “Qi Jacket” is! Defensive Qi…

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The nose is the flower of the Lungs

The nose is the sense organ of the Lungs. Every organ system has an associated sense organ. Classical Chinese medicine is more poetic, and writes that these sense organs are the “flowers” of the associated organ system. Since the lungs are all about breathing, it is easy to understand that the nose is the flower of the…

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Why does your stomach puff out when you inhale?

Lungs expand during inhalation. To make room for the lungs, the belly puffs out. Inside the rib cage are the heart and the lungs. Inside the abdominal cavity are our digestive organs. In between these two spaces is the diaphragm, the number one muscle for breathing.   The diaphragm is a unique muscle. The diaphragm…

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Lung Meridian

The Lung meridian begins internally, in the stomach. This internal pathway connects with the large intestine, stomach, lungs and throat. The external Lung meridian pathway that we can contact begins on the upper chest, at the first Lung meridian point, Lung 1 (LU 1). “The Lung is the advisor. It helps the Heart in regulating…

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Zip Up Your Qi Jacket

We have a protective layer of Qi that repels nasty influences like wind, cold, damp, and microbes. This is called our Defensive Qi, or Wei Qi. You can tell how vital this protective layer of Qi is by reflecting on your experience. Are you one of those people who always catches a cold (need to…

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