Edgar Cayce exercises to keep fit –
twice a day can keep troubles away!
Cayce exercises build
inner muscle fitness,
response and stabilize
But they can also stop hemorrhoids,
control arthritis, and improve the eyes!
Edgar Cayce was called the “Father of Holistic Medicine,” and the Cayce exercises are practical and effective to establish physical fitness. They were given to keep the body running efficiently for as long as possible, and cure various ailments.
Cayce also commented that they were especially good for people who worked in offices. I find that they tend to straighten-out imbalances, whether from physical labor or sedentary occupations.
Modern doctors will often tell you that an adequate workout should get the heart rate up for half an hour, at least twice a week. While the unconscious Cayce didn’t say that was wrong, he didn’t seem to think about “working out” the way moderns do.
The Cayce exercises seem to be more about maintenance and prevention than getting a good workout, though he also recommended swimming and brisk walking. In T’ai Chi terms, the Cayce exercises are more like the Crane than the Tiger. That’s good, since working with the flow of things is more efficient.
Dr. Harold J. Reilly was the doctor designated by Cayce to interpret the physical readings. He often prescribed the Cayce exercises for arthritis. I have personally used them for years in that context - they work!
When asked once, “What kind of exercise should I do?” Reilly’s answer was, “The ones you will do.” Good answer. How many times do we let someone else convince us of this or that program, when all we want to do is go swimming, walking, or play tennis? Self-health sometimes means learning to listen more to your inner self, not always to others.
of all the Cayce Exercises!
MORNING CAYCE EXERCISES
This set assists the day/night cycle our bodies require. That’s why the morning ones are done standing, after lying down all night. They help us snap on to the day.
(1) Bend and swing - An upper-body exercise that improves circulation, renews the air in the lungs, and adjusts the spinal column.
Stand with feet flat on the floor.
Bend forward and swing the arms and upper body down and back up, with a rocking motion. Your fingertips should almost brush your toes on the downswing. Be careful of your balance until you’re used to it.
Exhale on the downswing, inhale on the upswing.
Some people combine this exercise with (2) “Reach for the Sky” (below), going straight up into it on the upswing.
(2) Reach for the Sky - Improves circulation and arches, naturally adjusts the spinal column, and is famous as an outer hemorrhoids cure.
In a standing position (without shoes) gradually rise up on the balls of the feet, raising your arms in front of you at the same time, until they are as high as you can reach. Again, breathe in as you go up.
Still stretched-out, slowly bend forward from the waist, with a clutching-the-air motion as you come down, until you can touch the floor. Breathe out as you go down.
Repeat this at least 3-4 times at first, and work up to 10-12.
(3) Swing arms -Improves circulation to arm, and keeps joints limber and uncalcified – good for arthritis.
Stand with your feet apart.
Swing each arm slowly in a circle, like a windmill - first one direction, then the other. Increase speed to your comfort level. I always imagine a pitcher winding-up to throw.
Keep your arms as relaxed as possible while you rotate them.
I would begin with 10 times each way, unless you’re already in shape.
(4) Rotate legs - Good for the equilibrium and circulation, and keeps the joints limber.
Stand with spine straight.
Lift one leg at a time, and rotate with the toes pointing outward. See yourself drawing a circle with your toes.
Rotate each direction. Steady yourself by holding on to something, if you need to. Once you’re used to it, try to balance yourself.
At first, do 5-10 each way, and work up to your comfort level.
Dr. Harold Reilly also suggests a variation with toes pointing up and heel down, while rotating. I do both.
(5) Neck Rolls - Improves eyesight, hearing, circulation to the brain, and helps relieve stress. Cayce even said it would assist the thyroid.
In the morning, stand with feet spread slightly, and hands on hips. (The photo shows the night position.)
Keeping the spine straight, bend the neck slowly -- forward three times, back three times, left three times, right three times.
Next, roll the neck gently in a full circle, first one direction, then the other. Do this two or three times.
For all you stiff-necks out there, who have lots of tension, be careful! You can pull some muscles by going too fast, or forcing. Relax... And if it hurts, don’t push it – slow down even more and try to slide past it. (The rubberneck!)
The safest way I’ve found is to make the neck muscles follow the eyes. This is very natural, since the neck is designed to turn wherever the eyes look.
EVENING CAYCE EXERCISES
of all the Cayce Exercises!
The evening exercises are done in a basically horizontal position, after being upright all day. It signals the body to relax for the night. Cayce gave them for insomnia, among other things.
(6) Sitting sit-ups -Improves circulation and stretch legs.
Sit on the floor.
Touch toes repeatedly, rocking back and forth.
(7) Cat walk - Clears-up the sinuses, improves circulation and general mobility. Keeps you spry!
(The photograph is at the top of this page.)
Get down on all four paws.
Imagine that you are a cat, and try to walk fluidly like one. This takes some practice.
In addition to the daily routine, I do this whenever I’m stuffed-up, for quick relief. Cayce said this position was effective because early primates walked on all-fours – and didn’t suffer from colds.
(8) Torso-circles - Keeps the colon healthy, using centrifugal force to improve circulation in the colon, and strengthen its walls. This Cayce exercise is famous as an inner hemorrhoids cure, but is also very good for general health and longevity.
Put your body in a push-up position, with the soles of your feet against a wall or other solid object.
Rotate your torso, first one direction, and then the other. Do equal numbers of these.
I find it helps to hold your stomach in (if you can) while pushing with your feet on the wall.
Don’t do very many at first, especially if you’re out of shape or overweight – even two or three each direction are adequate, to begin with. You can gradually increase 5-10-20 each way (or more for severe cases of piles).
(9) Bear walk - Helps reverse the daily effects of gravity, improves circulation to the head, and loosens hip joints, in particular.
Stand with feet flat on the floor.
Lean forward and put palms flat on the floor as well. Try to keep the feet as flat as possible, with legs straight, not bent at the knees.
Holding this position, walk forward and backward across the room. This will be difficult, at first, since many people have trouble touching their toes. But after daily efforts, you’ll be able to amble around like a bear.
(10) Neck Rolls - These are the same as in (5), above, except that in afternoon or evening, Cayce recommended a sitting position, either on the ground, legs crossed (lotus, semi-lotus or casual), or sitting on a bench or chair.
Not all the natural health benefits of the Cayce exercises are listed here.
There is a huge volume of information, and recommendations to specific people for particular problems. See Dr. Harold J. Reilly’s book, Handbook for Health through Drugless Therapy
, for more, or connect with the
A.R.E. database online.
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