Brushing For Bright Eyes!

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Suzanne, 92, brushes her eyebrows several  times a day, upon waking up, after reading or watching tv.

Like every part of the body, one’s eye area needs to be ‘woken up’ after sleep or after an intense period of reading or looking at electronic gadgets!  Even when your eyes are feeling sluggish when suffering from sinus or a cold.

I just use a soft toothbrush and brush my eyebrows one at a time, starting from the inner end to the outer end. Repeat it a few times and it activates the blood circulation in the eye area…and immediately the tired eye feels revitalised.

Simple as that. If my eyelids are heavy with sleepiness, brushing my eyebrows helps to keep my eyes open.

Have a blessed day.

Amen

Palm-combing Activates Blood Circulation

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For years, I have been reading about the activation of blood circulation using various methods.

In traditional Chinese combing or brushing therapy, the focus is on the head (which I have discussed in the post :100 Brush Strokes A Day (please click here to read it).

Some books advise the pressing of the teeth of a comb on the fingertips, thumb and across the reflexes on the palm, while others have advised the combing of the palm and the back of the palm.

Personally, I find that using the comb to lightly comb the palm from the wrist out towards the fingertips and the same on the back of the palm, is an easy and effective way to awaken the reflex points across the palm surface and the back of the palm surface.

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Suzanne combing her palm - for blog

Suzanne combing the back of palm - for blog

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I hope you too will find this simple method easy and effective in helping with blood circulation.

Amen.

Beating My Way To Health

If you know me personally or have been following my posts on our blog, you will know that I am quite the fanatic in keeping myself as healthy and as fit as I can, with all kinds of simple routines.

Hence (thankfully, by the grace of God), at the age of 90, I am still as active as can be.

Has anyone heard of the health benefits gained by using a bamboo beater to beat oneself with? No I am not a masochist, but if you ascribe to the oriental viewpoint of how to activate the circulation in your system, you will understand where the basis for this method is coming from.

This being a simple but totally effective way to activate the circulation and the ‘chi’, thereafter, my level of alertness shoots up and I feel great. I can confidently say that it also helps me maintain an upright posture with ease.

Suzanne's daily routine - keeps her in good stead. Photos were taken in 2012 at the age of 88, but this year at age 90, she still beats herself up daily!

Suzanne’s daily routine – keeps her in good stead. Photos were taken in 2012 at the age of 88, but this year at age 90, she still beats herself up daily!

I use the beater to beat myself on all parts of my body – starting from the head downwards to the neck – shoulders – back (but not the spine) – torso – arms – palms – buttocks – inner and outer thighs – back and sides of calves – right down to the soles of my feet – several times a day.

The photos above show where and how I beat myself. At each spot shown, I beat about 10 times.

Suzanne shows the way to use the beater on her palm..

Suzanne shows the way to use the beater on her palm..

When it comes to the soles of my feet I continue beating up to the count of 100 on each foot. This works wonders for me and I do believe it contributes towards my ability to walk fast!

Suzanne shows how to beat her shoulder blades with the beater.

Suzanne shows how to beat her shoulder blades with the beater.

As to how often use the beater to beat myself… well, let us just say, at all times of day, whenever I have a few minutes free. If I have been seated for a while, out comes the beater to beat my palms and the soles of my feet.

I beat my husband up too!!! (LOL) To be specific, I use the beater to beat the soles of his feet every day and night, and the back of his shoulders. It helps his circulation and relaxes the shoulder muscles after spending hours at the computer desk.

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The bamboo beater that I use, as shown in the image above, is purchased at the local markets. Apparently these are made in China. They are pretty light but effective.

If one cannot find the beater, then the alternative would be to use the palm of the hand to beat oneself. That will be discussed in another chapter…

I totally believe in this beating technique, and it suits me very well. However, if in doubt it is best to check with your physician first before trying it out. The important thing is to remember NOT to beat the spine. 

As I always say, all my keep fit routines are deceptively simple and easy to follow. The only thing is to remember that any keep fit routine needs to be practised regularly and consistently.

Amen.

Suzanne

Suzanne’s Daily Art…

Sue's notesI am an avid reader of keep fit techniques – from Acupressure to finger Mudras and anything else in between – as long as there is some knowledge to be gained in helping to keep oneself healthy, I will read it in-depth.

In order to remember all that I have read up on, I do what comes naturally – that is, to illustrate the details that I would like to remember for myself, as easy reference at a glance.

When friends come up with problems, I will dive into my reference books and research on what they could do to try to help themselves (as I do for myself) – and the best way to share with them the details – is of course, to draw them out so they understand what is to be done and precisely where..!

Some friends are amused by my drawings, but apart from enjoying the artistic side of it, it is to me, the easiest way to ‘show and tell’.

My drawings are found in all the books and reference material that I get my hands on. Here, I share some of my illustrations that I have done for friends. Suzanne’s Daily Art, if you would like to call it.

Art brings me such joy and I am grateful for the ability to express myself creatively in every way. Amen.

Suzanne

 

Suzanne: Stretching Is A Necessity

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Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Photos of Suzanne were taken in 2012 at age 88, and she is still at the same routine today, at age 90

Hello there, it has been a long while since I last shared my keep fit tips online. As you know, I keep exercising on a daily basis to keep fit. One of the routines is to stretch my muscles.

Do read up on the benefits of stretching (click here and here to read) so you will know how important it is, especially when one advances in age.

As they say, if you don’t use the muscles, they will go to waste, so I make sure I stretch daily – as it is a simple but very necessary activity.

I find that stretching with a resistance band like the one in the photos, helps to deepen the stretch, which in turn, gives the muscles a better ‘strengthening work out’.  The photos above were taken in 2012, when I was 88, and I am still at it, at the age of 90. Praise the Lord!

But as in all cases, please know that I have been exercising and stretching for many years, and I know how my body adjusts to the different routines I have.

The smart thing to do is to know when to exercise caution. If in doubt, please consult your dr in advance for advice.

Wishing everyone a blessed week ahead!

Amen

Suzanne

Smile And The World Will Smile With You

Every reason to smile, at 89! Amen.The easiest way to light up your face, uplift your mood and spread positive feelings, is to SMILE from within. That way, your eyes will smile too, and share all the good vibes with everyone.

There are many reasons why we should smile more, and you can read about the ‘Top 10 reasons to smile’ by clicking here.

My favourite reasons are:

–      Smiling lifts your mood

–      makes you look and feel happier and spreads the joy

–      makes you look more attractive

–      and most of all improves your well-being

Here in this photo, my recent 89th birthday joy shows through easily. We travelled abroad for a short holiday to mark the occasion.

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, enjoy new experiences. Most of all, it was precious family togetherness. Thank the good Lord for his daily blessings.

Remember to SMILE….at every opportunity, and the world will smile with you.

Amen.

Clothes Pegging My Fingers For Health!

Suzanne's Reflex-ClampingAfter reading Mildred Carter’s book on “Hand Reflexology: Key to Perfect Health”, in which she uses reflex clamps to clamp one’s finger tips and in between the fingers, as a form of self-reflexology, I started to do the same.  However,  in place of the ‘reflex clamps’, I use the humble plastic clothes pegs.

I carry the clothes pegs everywhere with me and whenever I have idle hands for a few minutes, I clip them on my finger tips, ensuring that the cushiony pads of the fingers are included.

For my knuckles, I use clothes pegs too, but the ones with the bulging curved ends, that fit easily around the fingers or knuckles.

When I started working on my fingers with these clothes pegs, I could only take them 1-2 minutes at a time, but after repeated use, I am able to leave them on for up to 10-15 minutes per session.

Soon after using the pegs a few times, I began to notice small improvements to my overall health.  I believe the results of constant use will turn out differently for each individual.

When the finger tips are pegged for a few minutes at a time,  the circulation in one’s system is activated and if one reads about reflexology,  it explains the details more clearly.

Here are a few links on the subject, which might interest some of you…(please click on the blue topics):

* About reflexology

* Tips by Mildred Carter Reflexology

* Hand Reflexology

On a closing note, please remember that this is what I do regularly and it is working well in my favour. However, if anyone is uncertain, it is best to first consult with your doctor before trying anything new.

Until the next time, Amen.

Suzanne