#4: Outer Qi Shower
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.
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.
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?
Feel, sense and imagine your are breaking loose stagnations in your body.
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.
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.