I am writing to give you a series of easy to do daily stretches for increasing the quality of life and a longer life, relieve stiffness, and muscular problems. Part I focused on the acupressure points within the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This Part II will provide the stretches and dietary considerations for reducing stiffness and muscular pain. In this video clip, I’ll show you important stretches to do everyday for your longevity and wellness.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the causes of muscular stiffness are related to the condition of your liver and gall bladder, which govern the digestion of fats and oils. If you love to eat rich foods like ice cream, chips, fried foods, rich desserts, butter, and cream sauces – you’re taxing these internal organs, which will make your body feel heavy and stiff. I have found Tumeric to be a good herb for counteracting stiffness.

The Liver and Gall Bladder Meridians also govern control issues, making decisions, and judgmental attitudes. Do you know anyone who is stuck in one of these areas? If so, I bet they also suffer from stiffness, excessive seriousness or heaviness. If you change your diet, eliminate rich foods, and eat more greens containing chlorophyll such as Swiss chard, kale, romaine lettuce, and broccoli – over a few months, you’ll change the chemistry within your body and be able to feel the difference.

Stretch Several Times Daily – in your spare moments to benefit your liver and gall bladder. A great time to stretch is while waiting in line. Stretching once in a while is not enough. Your body simply contracts too much at night and during the day. If you sit at a desk all day, it’s vital to get up and stretch periodically. Stretching several times a day and eating more greens (both fresh and lightly cooked) is transformational for someone who wants to maintain a good quality of life.

Acupressure & Stretching are complementary. I have found that the Acupressure points open the healing energy to flow, which tones the muscles, and makes stretching more effective and therapeutic. Thus, continue to use acupressure points GB 34 and St 36 regularly as I showed you in Part I, to enhance your stretching.

Since your body tends to get stiff and tensions get more chronic with age, its exciting to use acupressure and stretching to increase your circulation and promote your overall wellness.


1. Use Chi Gong Breathing Exercises Daily:

2. Acu-Yoga Stretching Exercises – guided by Michael Reed Gach will get your body more flexible, all over.

3. For Stiffness & Pain:

Practice these stretches and acupressure points daily; keep up!

~ Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
Acupressure Therapy Author



Wellness Stretches & Dietary Tips for Longevity, Long Life Exercises to Counteract Judgmental Attitudes & Stiffness (Part 2) — 47 Comments

  1. Hi Michael,

    I really appreciate everyone of your tips and updates. Its amazing how quickly I forget about some of the most rudimentary points.

    Regarding today’s topic on stretching and stiffness (Part 2). Did I miss Part 1 or was that one titled “Stiffness in Muscles, Joints…”? Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks for sharing per usual great advice. Perhaps you might mention a vegetarian diet as well.
    In Tai-Chi and chi-kong the bubbling brook is such an important pressure point to observe.

  3. Thanks for all of your tips. Love them all and am constantly looking for new ways for self-care. I use Acupressure along with Healing Touch to assist clients with their pain, stress, anxiety and other issues. Your Potent Point Acupressure Book has been instrumental in my practice. Thanks for all you do and share. Health and Wellness is my Business. Hugs, Sly

  4. Hello Michael, Just received your package of beginning books and the chart. I am going to be busy for a long time.

    Maybe you have this, if not, maybe your team could put together a spreadsheet on this, or some other form. I would sure like to have something like this, and it will be another $$$ generator for you.

    You know in all your courses, how you have the Point, Finger application, and Benefits. I would like to do a search where it comes up wisth several line entries showing all the points when I do a search on one of the benefits. So that all the points will show up in a list when doing a search for “headaches. I could formulate many articles on all these subjects and publish them on my website or blog, just like you do. That would be one very big spreadsheet. Perhaps you have some other ideas to formulate searches on. I think your team could come up with a better format than I could.

  5. Hello Michael and All,
    Another wonderful and informative post. I really like the addition of your diet tips… I have a question. Is the effectiveness of Acupressure changed by missing organs? For example, I dont’t have a spleen…how does this affect my spleen meridian ? Your text expains what happens if there is an imbalance, but how grim is it, if the spleen has been removed? Are the points in the Meridian no longer effective? Can other Meridians compensate for the missing part? Thanks~ D

    • Without a Spleen – you still have a Spleen meridian. Actually, its very helpful to hold your Spleen acupressure points if you have had your spleen removed. The spleen meridian is very important for a healthy immune system, digestive system, for the quality of your blood, and for cultivating your vitality. Since you do not have a spleen, its even more vital to work on the stomach and spleen meridians and special tonic acupressure points.

    • Posted on incredible, that was a very good read. In cuonlosicn, someone who actually thinks and understands what they are blogging about. Quite difficult to find of late, especially on the web . I bookmarked your web blog and will make sure to keep coming back here if this is how you always write. thank you, keep it up! .

  6. Michael,
    THank you so much!!! I’m so happy I signed up for your newletters. I am reminded of my passion, the healing arts, and able to take time to practice healing touch from where I’m sitting behind a desk.
    SO much gratitude for you.

    • I feel so grateful this is having a positive influence on your life. This is a powerful time to make wise decisions for yourself, your country, and for world harmony and peace. A huge part of this – is daily exercises, stretching, and focusing on being grateful for what’s in your life. May we use these acupressure point teachings to serve each other and make this a better place to live.

        • It was blissful. Partly this was the sheer dcendeace of taking half an hour in the middle of a frantic work day to NOT think about work and to be pampered, but it also worked out some major kinks I had in my neck and back.I would very much recommend it, or something like it massage, aromatherapy, indian head massage some little bit of pampering is just what you need in the middle of thesis writing time. Go on, treat yourself. You’re worth it

  7. Dear Michael,

    These kind of exercises are based in the Chinese chi kung (circulation of energy), excellent
    for having a strong body.

  8. Hi Michael,

    I really appreciate everyone of your tips and updates. Its amazing how quickly I forget about some of the most rudimentary points. I want to know about Love making points.

    • Love making in ancient China involved erotic exercises and points to heighten pleasure, intimacy, spirituality, and generate greater health. I produced a DVD for Lovers showing of postures and acupressure points, with narrated guidance. The practice of Acupressure for Lovers involves specific points and acupressure techniques which foster greater connection with your partner and with practice, it only gets better. The Acupressure for Lovers book has over 400 illustrations and photos, showing the acupressure points and the postures that stimulate whose points, side-by-side. The last two chapters address sexual healing and a variety of sexual problem for both men and women.

  9. Four suggestions for hair loss (hair fall) all of which are necessary for results to change your body’s constitution, which is causing your hair to fall out.
    1. Massage and rub your lower back – acupressure points (B 23, B 47)
    2. Get Chinese Herbs from an acupuncturist with at least 15 years experience.
    3. Cut out all sugar – no more sugar is the most important aspect here. If you can’t control yourself from eating things with sugar, then your hair is not important enough to you. An apple a day, with its natural sugar, is just fine.
    4. Practice therapeutic breathing exercises 2 or 3 times per day.

  10. Ravi.
    Hi sir .. I am a great fan of you . I am a physiotherapist practising in india .I got interest in acupressure by reading your articles, i used to try the points on my patients it gives me good results .Presently i am handling a hemiplegic patient, i am interested to learn acupressure points which will benefit this patient .Therefore kindly mention those points. Waiting for your reply

    • I wonder if you have my Basic Acupressure booklet which will provide many great acupressure point formulas for your hemiplegic patient and now available as an e-booklet so its very affordable. In the meantime, use GV 20, GB 20, GV 16, for the arms and shoulders use SI 10, and for balancing CV 17. Sending healing wishes,

  11. Assalam o aleikum Michael!
    It’s fantastic and very much effective for the treatment of Degenerative Osteoarthritis, at leat for the relief of continuous pain of your body. I have been suffering from Osteoarthritis for more than 20 years. At present I am 56 years old. I have now started to follow your instructions and exercises and feel very much relaxed. It will be further more appreciated if you guide me through your valueable instructions.
    May Allah bless you at every stage of your life, aameen!
    Thanks & Best Regards,

  12. Thank you so much for exercising with me. I have used your great book a lot and have shared your wisdom with friends. You are appreciated.
    Namaste, Betty

    • You have an interesting take on this topic. I am happy you shraed your thoughts and I find myself agreeing. I really appreciate your clear writing style and the effort you have put into this piece. Thank you for the solid work and good luck with the blog, I look forward to updates in the future.

  13. Sir,
    I understand that one of my friend is advised to under go regular dialisis twice in a week.
    Please suggest the relative accu. points.

    • I am not familiar with the dialysis procedure. Let me know if your friend has a common discomfort that acupressure may be able to relieve.

    • Thank you sincerely; it really is most helpful if you actually practice it regularly on a daily basis to discover the benefits. Thanks again.

  14. You’re stretching videos are great. Now, do you have a good pressure point to kick the smoking habit? I have battled this for a long time, and nothing is helping . Any help appreciated.

    • I do have an entire routine for kicking the smoking habit.
      I recorded it years ago on a cassette. If you want me to get it
      into an e-format that you can download for about $12, let me know.

  15. Thank you for these exercises for longetivity,I intend to do them every day,I would like to know if there is acupressure to help one stop smoking.Thank you again.

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