As practitioners of life cultivation, some of us practice the Mustang 312 routine (protocol). This routine is easy to do and it takes less than fifteen minutes a day. It will do a standard maintenance of our body so that our body will be fit and healthy.
We call this routine the Mustang 312 routine because it is a routine that includes three acupressure massages, one deep breath action, and a two-legged exercise.
The three acupoints involved are the hegu point, the neiguan point, and the zusanli point. The one deep breathing involves abdominal breathing. The two-legged exercise involves squatting of the lower limbs.
We massage the hegu point to prevent stroke. We massage the neiguan point to prevent heart disease. We massage the zusanli point to increase vital energy circulation to strengthen the body.
An abdominal breath will activate nine paths for vital energy flow (meridians).
The squatting movement will activate fourteen paths for vital energy flow of the whole body, leading to a stronger body.
Perform three point Massage
Here we will discuss the massage of three acupressure points on our body.
Massage the hegu point
Refer to the red dot on the photograph. It is called the hegu acupressure point. There is one on the right hand, and one on the left hand.
To locate the hegu point, you raise the forearm of the right hand, and spread the thumb and the forefinger as widely open as you can. The area between the thumb and the forefinger is called the tiger’s mouth. Put the four fingers together, you will see a line on the tiger’s mouth. You align the horizontal line of the right thumb with the line on the tiger’s mouth. You bend the right thumb, and the place where the forefinger is aligned is the hegu point.
As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us have another way to locate any acupressure point. We look at the photograph and find the red dot. Then we know the approximate location of the acupressure point. We then apply pressure to the approximate area. We will find the exact point where we feel pain. This is it. The point of pain is the acupressure point. Easy, right?
Once we locate the hegu acupressure point, we start to apply pressure to massage the acupoint. We use our thumb to do the massage. We press the thumb vertically down, and rub it left and right when pressing down, once every two seconds. We apply a large force to make it work. We usually do it twice a day, two minutes each time.
Massaging the hegu point will speed up the flow of blood to the brain and reduce the risk of a stroke. In addition, it will reduce headache, toothache, sore throat, fever due to common cold, cervical spondylosis, frozen shoulder, etc.
Massage the neiguan point
First we locate the neiguan acupressure point as before. Look at the photograph. The red dot represents the neiguan point. We put three fingers together and place them on the horizontal lines of the left wrist. The key point where the right index finger and the left wrist cross is the neiguan point, right on the middle of the two tendons protruding from the fist of the left hand.
Once we locate the neiguan acupressure point, we will start to apply pressure to massage the acupoint. We use our thumb to do the massage. We press the thumb vertically down, and rub it left and right when pressing down, once every two seconds. We apply a large force to make it work. We usually do it twice a day, two minutes each time.
Massaging the neiguan acupoint will activate the path of vital energy flow affecting the heart pericardium, which may reduce and relieve heart and lung illnesses.
Massage the zusanli point
The zusanli acupressure point is located at four fingers below the kneecap on the tibia. Refer to the red dot on the photograph and locate it as discussed before.
Once we locate the zusanli acupressure point, we will start to apply pressure to massage the acupoint. We use our thumb to do the massage. We press the thumb vertically down, and rub it left and right when pressing down, once every two seconds. We apply a large force to make it work. We usually do it twice a day, two minutes each time.
The zusanli point is on the path of vital energy flow affecting the stomach. The path starts at the second toe and works its way through the calves, thighs, lower abdomen, chest, neck, and head. The path passes through our body from head to toe, so massaging the zusanli point will help to unblock vital energy flow throughout our body. The smooth flow of vital energy and blood throughout the whole body will likely prevent some illnesses. Therefore, the zusanli point is sometimes called the longevity point.
Perform one Abdominal Breathing
Normal breathing is chest breathing, only the chest is moving. Abdominal breathing means that the chest does not move and the abdomen moves.
Exhale slowly. Exhale slowly. In abdominal breathing, both the lungs and abdomen move with the air movement. Thus nine paths of vital energy flow are put into motion. Five minutes each morning and night.
Perform two-legged Squatting
To perform squatting, stand on the ground. Spread our legs so that we stand shoulder-width apart. Then we squat down. When we squat down, we inhale nine pieces of cloud. Then we hold our breath. We return to the standup position while exhaling. We may perform the squatting exercise for one hundred squats or five minutes at a time.
When we perform the act of squatting, all fourteen paths of vital energy flow are put into motion. The vital energy and blood circulation throughout our body will be smooth and calm, preventing many illnesses from developing.
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