Simple ancient Taoist exercise that saves lives
Ping Shuaishou (平甩手), or Level Arm Swinging Exercise, is a very simple Taoist exercise.
It involves swinging of the two arms with slight bending of knees at intervals.
Do not be deceived by its simplicity. The exercise’s impact on health is tremendous.
One of the notable beneficiaries of the exercise is surgeon Xu Dafu from Taiwan. Watch his interview – Taoist exercise that saved the medical doctor his life.
In addition, in the video demonstration below, you are given the instruction to get the exercise started immediately. It is important to perform the movements with accuracy to enhance effectiveness of the exercise.
As the video is in Mandarin, I have translated the key instructions in English for your benefits:
Begin by standing firmly with feet apart at shoulder width.
Keep the center of gravity. Close your eyes, relax the whole body.
Breathe with your nose. Stay natural.
Open your eyes, smile.
Raise your arms to the height of shoulders, at a level parallel to the ground. Let the palms stay flat.
Then start swinging.
Swing the arms rhythmically. Relax. Count the swings. At every fifth swing, bend your knees slightly twice and bounce your body back naturally. Remember to relax the knees and stay flexible. Do not bend the body too much.
Take it easy. Feel the resonance. The movements allows the chi energy to flow to the finger tips. Finger tips are connected to the heart, and when the chi energy bounces back, it helps to cleanse the internal organs, and rid the body of problems in the process.
Slow down and gradually come to a stop. Relax the hands, allow them to return to the sides of your body naturally.
Close your eyes gently, going into the state of receiving energy in your body.
Relax and breathe evenly. Slowly open your eyes.
Perform the exercise for 10 minutes daily, and you will see delighting results.
It is believed that a highly respected Indian Buddhist monk known as Bodhidharma introduced the exercise into China nearly two thousand years ago. For centuries, the exercise has been part of the repertoire of training programs for martial art exponents, including monks in the Shaolin temples.
You can perform the exercise any time you like. Depending on your physical conditions, you can begin by doing one or two hundred swings, and gradually increase it to two to three thousand. The surgeon in the video does two thousand swings a day.
While the exercise is good for anyone who want to stay healthy, it is said to be helpful in improving a number of medical conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, cataracts, arthritis, cancer, hemiplegia, mini stroke, as well as heart, liver, kidney and lung conditions, . (Reference source: http://www.cndzys.com/aydys/ctydys/13482.html)