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Stretch Your Life
October 18, 2006
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Do You Stretch?

Hello,

For over 2000 years, Chinese doctors have written about the importance of exercise, and in particular, stretching.

I'm sure you've heard how helpful (and popular) yoga and tai chi are. Do you know why?

Because they cause your blood and energy (Qi) to circulate. And why's that important?

The best way to understand it is to compare a blockage or your circulation of blood and energy to a beaver dam in a river.

  • Downstream of the dam, there's too little water - life dies off.
  • Upstream, there's too much water, over-flowing and killing life in that area.
Well, in your body, when these "beaver dams" (i.e. blockages) occur:

  • Beyond the blockage, there's too little energy / blood flow causing malnourishment and weakness
  • Before (and at) the blockage, there's a "backup" of flow causing pressure, pain and swelling

That's a "loose" analogy, but remember...

...blood and energy must flow to your muscles, internal organs, sensory organs, glands and every other part of your body.

So, it goes without saying... blockages can wreak havoc! What's one of the best ways to prevent blockages?

Yep, you guessed it... stretching.

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One ancient Chinese prince eloquently described the importance of stretching when he said "Relaxation of all the joints (is necessary) for the sustenance of one's essential nature."

(Those Chinese have a way with words, don't they?) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you were a fly on the wall in my home (not that we have flies, mind you), you'd see me stretching every night before bed for 20-30 minutes. Usually, I stretch 2 or 3 times a day.

Nighttime is easiest, because your muscles are warm from using them all day. But...

... it's even better to stretch in the morning, because your circulation is sluggish from sleeping all night. If you stretch shortly after waking (and doing a little warm up), you'll feel much better the whole day through.

The best way to learn to stretch?

Take a yoga, kung fu, dance or tai chi class, or just read a book. (Or if you live in South Florida, contact me. I've taught hundreds of people how to stretch.)

For a few minutes a day, it pays a lifetime of benefits.

Good health,
Dr. Bob


Bob Dorris, D.O.M.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
10810 NW 20th St.
Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33026
954-478-3685


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