#4: Outer Qi Shower

General Description

Recommended Repetitions: 1 to 2 times through the cycle, or more
Movement: Tap hands all over the body.
Main Purpose: Vibrates the “dust” loose.
Main Qigong Principle: Purge stagnations to improve Qi flow and health.

Physical Movements

Slap the areas below in a soft and kind, but vigorous, fashion. Spend just a few seconds on each area so you can finish the whole exercise in a minute or two.

1.    Slap the belly with an alternating rhythm.
2.    Slap the chest with an alternating rhythm.
3.    Slap with one hand under one arm down the side of the ribs; then do the other side.
4.    Again with one hand, slap down the inside of one arm to the palm, then up the outside of the hand and arm to the shoulder. Use an alternating rhythm. Second arm likewise.
5.    Use an alternating rhythm to slap up the face and sides of the head to the top of the skull, down the back of the cranium, and down the neck.
6.    Slap the kidneys and low back with both hands (alternating side to side each slap) and down to the sacrum.
7.    Slap the hands down the outside of the legs in a simultaneous rhythm.
8.    Slap down the backs of the legs in a simultaneous rhythm.
9.    Slap down the front of the legs in a simultaneous rhythm.
10.    Slap up the insides of the legs in a simultaneous rhythm.

In Photos

Slap the whole belly

Slap the whole belly

Tap the chest

Tap the chest

Tap the Outer Ribs

Tap the Outer Ribs

Tap the Inner Arm

Tap the Inner Arm

Tap the outer arm

Tap the outer arm

Tap the face

Tap the face

Tap the head and neck

Tap the head and neck

Tap the back

Tap the back

Tap down outside of legs

Tap down outside of legs

Tap down back of legs

Tap down back of legs

Tap down front of legs

Tap down front of legs

Tap up inside of legs

Tap up inside of legs

Feel the Qi buzz

Feel the Qi buzz

Modifying the Exercise

Don’t tap or slap a place that hurts when you do so. Or if it hurts, can you tap it more gently? Tap as gently as you need to. You can use the back of the hands or sides of the hands to tap the lower back and sacrum if you can’t reach easily with palms. Sometimes bending forward a little at the waist can help with slapping to the rear. If you can’t bend all the way down the legs standing, can you do it seated?

Mental Focus

Feel, sense and imagine your are breaking loose stagnations in your body.

Energetic Movements

Old, stagnant, toxic, or stuck energy is leaving the body.

Wake Up Your Body

This is a quick body waker-upper and circulation improver. It is simple to perform and pleasantly invigorating. I learned it from Qigong teacher Minke de Vos at Silent Ground, in British Columbia. I have altered it somewhat.

Simple Tapping

In the Qi Shower method, you are basically following the flow of the meridians, tapping in specific directions. If you know the meridians, you can use this extra bit of awareness to increase the pleasurable effects of the exercise. If you don’t know how they flow, that’s okay. It still works. If you don’t remember which way to slap, any light slapping is good, for the lymph, blood flow, skin, bones, muscles, cells, and interstitial fluids and intracellular fluids are all benefiting for your administrations.