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Lao Gong: Acupressure for Connection, Clarity, & Renewal
Lao Gong, also known as the "Palace of Toil" is the eighth point of the heart master channel. It is stimulated to ease anxiety and clear inflammation.
This month's acupressure point is the eighth point of the heart master channel named "Lao Gong," or "Palace of Toil." It is located where the tip of your middle finger touches your palm when you make a fist. This is a key point for healing work and qi gong practice, and is stimulated to ease anxiety and clear inflammation.
The following is a very rejuvenating and deep practice using this important point. Close your eyes and gently rub your palms together until a warm or tingling sensation is felt. Place one palm with Lao Gong on your chest over your breast bone. Place the other palm with Lao Gong over your lower abdomen 2-3 inches below your navel. Feel the warmth of your palms spread to your chest and abdomen. Now feel the sense of warmth or awareness connect the chest and abdomen, opening and joining all of the space between them. Breath into this space and enjoy the sense of openness and completeness within your torso for as long as you would like. End by placing both palms over the lower abdomen, focusing for a minute or two on breathing into the lower abdomen. Now open your eyes to a world that has changed, and a time that is unique. Spending the rest of the day with gentleness towards self and others will help preserve this state of peace and renewal.