Lymphoedema Exercises

Lymphoedma exercises are a set  of 18 movements that encourages  energy development and harmony within the body. These exercises  I teach to help patients manage their lymphoedema better. This routine is uncomplicated and most people can master the easy movements within a week.

The 18 Lymphoedema exercises

Always start with the warm up.

You can do the full set of 18 movements (this is best) or choose the ones you prefer.

  1. Preparation posture – raising the arms
  2. Opening the chest

    Step 1: raise the arms on the in breath.
    Step 1: raise the arms on the in breath.
  3. Painting the rainbow
  4. Parting the clouds
  5. Rolling the arms in horse riding stance
  6. Rowing the boat across the lake
  7. Holding a ball in front of the shoulders
  8. Gazing at the moon
  9. Turning at the waist and pushing with the palms
  10. Cloud hands
  11. Scooping up the sea and looking at the horizon
  12. Pushing the waves
  13. Flying dove spreads its wings
  14. Punching in horse riding stance
  15. The flying wild goose
  16. Rotating the spinning wheel
  17. Bouncing a ball whilst stepping
  18. Calming Qi.

Begin with 15 minutes a day working up to 30 minutes twice a day.

Other benefits from daily practice include:

  • Increased lymphatic flow in your body.
  • The earth element within you will be strengthened. Being fully grounded in the center of your existence in every way.
  • You will feel well supported and able to support others.
  • Your digestive system will be robust.
  • Your thinking will be clearer.
  • You will have better visceral and muscular tone.
  • You will have greater energy uptake, due to stronger polarity between your heaven and earth Qi.
  • Better lubricated joints will help inhibit osteoarthritis and degeneration in your joints.
  • You will enjoy greater emotional equanimity.
  • The sequence helps protect and maintain the quality of your vital essence, thus  extending length and quality of your life.
  • It strengthens your kidneys.
  • Your mind will be kept strong, so that you can sustain concentration without being distracted.
  • It naturally encourages more efficient circulation of all fluids in your body.
  • Boosts your immune system.
swivel at the waist as you gaze behind you at the moon between your hands
swivel at the waist as you gaze behind you at the moon between your hands

What you might notice

  1. If you are healthy before you start, you will become healthier
  2. If you are ill before you start, you will begin to feel better

Time of day to practice

You can do Qigong any time of day or night!

Where to practice?

The best place is where the air is most abundant and free of atmospheric pollution, such as:

  1. mountain tops where frenetic hustle and bustle of civilization are absent

    Qigong on the beach
    Qigong on the beach
  2. next to a waterfall
  3. under trees
  4. next to a lake
  5. at the seashore
  6. alongside an unpolluted river.

If you don’t have a suitable spot outside or in nature, there are many other places you can practice. Find a quiet, peaceful space with fresh air, but not in a draught.

Stay well away from traffic fumes, excessive noise and electromagnetic radiation from TV sets, computers, etc.


When doing your Lymphoedema exercises, it is not about going through the motions to get it finished. It is about focusing on your breathing and the movements and remaining calm and relaxed throughout.

Click this link to start your Qigong practise today with your basic DVD and practice anywhere anytime in the comfort of your home.  



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