Shibashi : 9. Pushing palm as you twist at the waist

This easy twisting action of the exercise very effectively moves Qi in your Lower Dantien (affecting your bowel and bladder).  The positioning of the hands strongly tonifies and opens the large Intestines.

Repeat six times on each side

Movements:

  • From basic stance hold loose fists next to your waist
  • Inhale as you turn your body diagonally to the left and extend your right hand in front of you (rotating wrist with palm open)

Advance movement – Left  wrist rotates  so palm faces downwards with fingertips pointing forward

  • Exhale bring both fist to your waist with body facing forward
  • Repeat to the other side

Tips:

  1. Keep both your feet on the ground throughout
  2. Inhale when you extend your arm forward
  3. When your hand extends forward, lead with your thumb and index finger side of hand (this activates LI4 –  Hegu)

Mental focus

Focus on Laogong of the palm that is pressing forward

Health benefit:

  • Helps build your resistance to cold or hot weather, wind and other external influences.

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“If the spirit can be raised up

Then there will be no danger of roundness and mobility

This is what is meant by “interchanging empty with full”

Wu Yuxiang (1812 – 80)