THE CHINESE EXERCISE BALLS
Ancient Chinese Tradition...
According to the Chinese
traditional medical theory of "Jingluo",
the ten fingers are connected with the
heart. "Jingluo" is connected with
the Fingers and cranial nerves, and
vital organs of the human body.
On plucking* the ball with the five
fingers, the ball can stimulate the
various acupuncture points on the hand,
resulting in unimpeded circulation
of vital energy and blood
in the body. It can cause the
"jingluo" unblocked and thorough, the
vital energy and blood to function in
harmony, the muscles nimble, the
bones strong, the mind sober, can
invigorate the circulation of blood, and
can prevent and cure hypertension and
various chronic diseases.
If you keep on taking exercise everyday
for months and years, you can get the
fine results of keeping your
brain in good health with high
intelligence and good memory, relieving
your fatigue, drowning
your worries, and, moreover, prolonging
note from Phil Wilson
Do you really know
how to Pluck or Crook ?
As it turns out, most people do
also unaware of the true meanings of
these words until one day, at one of
the shows where we exhibit, a lady
showed me how to "properly use" the
Chinese Exercise Balls. Actually,
I do not know the dictionary
definition of plucking and crook. But
after I describe how to
"properly" use the Chinese
Exercise Balls, you will
have a better idea of what these terms
Here is my
explanation of how to use the Balls:
**Note: I use the old English terms
Crook and and Pluck**
First we have
to give some definitions:
Picture a hand.
Let's choose the right hand.
We have the palm, the thumb, and 4
will define the palm as Plateau
The space between the little finger,
and finger next to it, the 2nd finger:
we will call this Plateau
Similarly, the space between the middle
finger and the index finger: we will
call this Plateau 3.
** Most people only practice Stage I
- simply moving the Balls around in
their hand. Stage
II (which I describe below )challenges
the hand with crook and pluck
techniques in order to practice with
the Balls without allowing them to
touch each other.
more advanced stages of using the
Chinese Exercise Balls that are
demonstrated in the information videos.
Click here to go to information on
Videos about Chinese Exercise Balls
Stretch your right
hand out, where the fingers are
Put one Chinese Exercise ball (Ball 1)
in the palm of the hand (Plateau
Place the other Chinese Exercise ball
(Ball 2) toward the tip of the
middle and index fingers (Plateau 3).
Keep as much space as possible (2" if
possible) between the 2 balls.
Now slowly put your thumb on Ball 2 so
that the 2 fingers and the thumb are
holding it in place.
At the same time, close your hand
so that the two little fingers are
grasping the ball in your palm.
Keep as much space between the two
Now release Ball 1 with the two little
fingers - tilting your hand so that
Ball 1 falls onto Plateau 2.
Use your middle finger (at first) to
keep the two balls from touching
(by coming forward with it and almost
touching the palm of the hand)
while the thumb and index finger
are still grasping Ball 2.
Once this is done, you can straighten
out the middle finger, and then use
the index finger and the thumb to
"throw" Ball 2 into the palm of the hand
The result: You now have one ball (Ball
1) on Plateau 2.
A nd the other (Ball 2) in the palm of
the hand (Plateau 1).
Now slide Ball 1 from Plateau 2 to
Plateau 3 - and repeat the process,
Eventually, you can gather up speed.
Remember: for best results, let the
balls on Plateaus 2 & 3 be
as close to the tips of the fingers as
possible, and try to keep as great as
distance as possible between the
so that they do not touch.
the exercise "properly" (with
maximum stretching - don't just crook!)
you can feel the muscles in the hands,
wrist, arms and shoulder all
Remember: No crooking without
moving the Balls backwards:
can also go "backwards" in the right
hand, and can also learn to do
it both ways with the left hand.
about Chinese Exercise Balls in Natural
OF CHINESE EXERCISE BALLS
the reasons is to provide a soothing tone to help
you relax, that is until you become a Master!
you have reached Master status when you can turn
them around in your hand without hearing the
What is CLOISONNÉ?
Cloisonné is a
multi-step enamel process used to produce jewelry,
vases, and other decorative items.
Objects produced by this process are also
First developed in the Near East it spread to the
Byzantine Empire and from there along the Silk
Road to China.
Adding metal cloisons (French:
partitions) according to a pattern previously
transferred to the workpiece.
Frit is added, then the piece is fired, then
ground (repeating as necessary),
polished and then the exposed metal is
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