Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Glimpse of China: Eye exercises

Children in school doing their daily eye exercises
Photo Credit: Martin Connelly
Across China, students in elementary and secondary school practice eye exercises, at least once a day.

Introduced in Beijing in the early 1960s, the practice was implemented nationwide in 1972, and has been revised numerous times.

Using acupressure points for traditional Chinese medicine, these exercises are meant to reduce stress and strain from the eyes, and prevent nearsightedness*.

We came across a few videos in Chinese of students doing their exercises, and found the following great instructions in English. We tried it, and it felt like I was massaging the upper portion of my face. Pea and I both enjoyed, and for the sake of relaxation it would be quite nice. Elle didn't care for it, but I think her long fingernails were a hindrance.

* These exercises have not been scientifically proven to prevent nearsightedness. In fact, nearsightedness is mostly genetic. Furthermore it is important to massage the eye sockets, and not the eyes, to prevent injury, and to make sure your hands and fingers are clean. 

Try it, and see what you think!


  1. I think - 5 minutes really well spent - I certainly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So interesting - I learn something new every time I visit your site!

  3. When I am going through a particularly bad sleeping patch, I do similar exercises to reinvigorate my very tired and weary eyes. They work a treat!


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