Qigong Body Tapping

Qigong Body Tapping

The aim of Qigong body tapping is to awaken doormant lying energy within your body. In any given qigong routine there is a loose structure that begins with a warm up, an activation and then a flow. The activation section of the routine is needed before flowing movements because it is bringing up more energy to be able to circulate throughout the body in the flow section.

How to do qigong body tapping

qigong body tappingThe tapping is focussed around key acupressure points on the body as well as meridian lines. It often follows the structure of the five elements theory. For example, the practitioner may start tapping over the area of the lungs and therefore knock with their fists over the area of the chest where there are specifc lung acupressure points (kind of like a tarzan like movement!) and then follow down the lung meridian lines of the arms. This helps to awaken the lung energy and bring more vitality into the body instantly, as the lungs are the first place we gain energy through the exchange of oxygen to carbon dioxide.

Key arm meridian points

There are also specific points along the arms that centre around the wrist joint and elbow joint that relate to some of the organs of the body such as the Triple warmer 5 (known as ‘Outer Pass’-connected to adrenals) Pericardium 6 (Inner Pass), Heart 7 (Spirit Gate), Lung 9 (Supreme Abyss) large intestine 11 (Pool Of The Crook), Lung 5 (Cubit Marsh) and Heart 3 (The Lesser Sea). The practiioner may stop on these points and tap more strongly on these points to connect with these organs in the body.

The Door Of Life

The Door Of Life in qigong The next area to knock or tap on is the lower back. This area is known as ‘the door of life’. This point is important in chinese medicine  as it is linked to our ability to feel flow and not feel as if we have to rush through our life which causes stress and tension in our mind and body. It is also connected to vitality as this area is focused around the kidneys and helps to circulate energy that enters via the lungs. If there are problems with kidney energy then there is often fatigue, depression and general listlessness in life. The door of life is connected to the adrenals and therefore has all sorts of connections to our hormonal balance and over all wellbeing.

Leg meridian lines

After knocking over this area for some time (about a minute), next is the activation of the meridian lines down the legs. The practitioner will slap down the back of the legs on the outside thus activating the yang meridians (a more outward focused energy), and then come back up on the inside of the legs and activate the yin meridians (a more inward focused energy). Key points along these lines are areas around the knee joint and ankle joint such as the Kidney 3 point (Supreme Stream), Spleen 6 ( Three Yin Intersaection) Gallbladder 34 (Yang Mound Spring), Stomach 36 (Leg Three Miles), Spleen 9 and (Yin Mound Spring).

Body Shaking

let go of stressNow that the energy of the lungs, lower back, arms and legs has been activated, we can further enhance the activation of the energy by bouncing into our heels and relaxing throughout our joints. You can either literally lift your heels up and down as you shake your body thus sending a vibration throughout your body, or just leave them on the floor and relax into the legs and bounce without knocking the heels.

How to do body shaking

Start by facing your palms towards you and shake your wrists and let your hands go floppy. Flop them back and forth for about 30 seconds.Then, face your palms down and continue to let the hands flop towards the floor for another 30 seconds. Begin to shake your arms and bend and straighten your knees as you bounce into the floor, and relax into your hips and neck as well as your lower belly (imagine your lower belly is like a basket ball bouncing up and down (don’t let any selfconsciousness about your belly stop you from relaxing!).

Breathing

Throughout the shaking, be sure to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. As you exhale it is effective to let out a vocal sigh such as ‘haahhhh’ like the sound you make when you relax after a long day. This helps to release pent up stress and anxiety thus continue to improve the flow of the energy throughout the meridians and therefore body. Continue this for about 10 breaths at least, or keep going for as long as you feel you need.

Key points while shaking

Relax into your shoulders, hip joints, lower back and back of neck. The points at the back of the neck and lower back/hip joint area act as a cerebal spinal pump to help the spinal fluid move freely up and down the spine thus enhancing communication througout your nervous system.

Stop and notice

Now that you have activated the energy in your body, stop and close your eyes and become aware of the buzzing and tingling sensations throughout your body. This feeling is what is known as ‘qi’ or ‘life force’ or ‘prana’ circulating more freely throughout your body. It is what powers our body and keeps our heart beating 24/7. When this life force energy is flowing freely it optimises our health and vitality and therefore our happiness.

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    Matt's Mom

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    I had never heard of this before, but have been looking online for various homeopathic ways to help with my hearing issues. I have been to an acupuncturist before. Is this similar? I do have a question, and why I am searching….I have problems with my ears…Meniere’s Disease, and now sudden sensorineural hearing loss in my good ear. So this has left me with very little to no hearing. My ENT has done surgery, and performed some various procedures, that work for most, but not for me 🙁 Is this a possible way for me to get my hearing better?

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      Liz

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      Hi Matt’s mom, sorry you are going through these health challenges. Acupuncture has the same roots as qigong body tapping as they both work with meridians. Qigong is the exercise version of Chinese medicine and by practicing qigong it helps the other modalities work better. In Chinese medicine, hearing issues are connected to the kidneys/kidney meridian. There are a lot of exercises you can do-I found one on youtube here you could try: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euEC3S0EnkM . But in terms of restoring your hearing, there are definitely avenues you could explore related to Chinese medicine which include acupuncture, herbal medicine and qigong. But these things are only likely to be effective if you commit to an over all new lifestyle plan. For example, Qigong must be practiced every day, and you may find yourself feeling challenged in relation to your belief systems about health. But having gotten through some of my own health challenges, I feel the journey is worth it. Best of luck! 

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    Emmy

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    This is a very interesting read. I have never heard of it before though I have been reading so much about energy healing and chakra balancing. Is this the same as Chakra healing? Is this also applicable for sexual gratification and emotional issues such as stress? How often should I do it?

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      Liz

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      Hi Emmy. Qigong is a branch of energy healing, but unlike chakra healing which is based in the yogic traditions and therefore originates in India, it stems from China and is based on their meridian system. But all these forms of energy healing more or less lead to a similar thing-the restoration of the proper flow of life force energy. There are just different ways to get there.

      In terms of sexual gratification-no not really applicable, however when practiced regularly it has a balancing effect of the hormones so could lead to more sexual gratification due to an increased sex drive. It is definitely applicable to emotional issues such as stress-in fact that is what it is best for because stress puts everything out of balance, and by practicing qigong exercises such as this one it helps to clam the nervous system.

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    Katherine

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    Qigong body tapping seems like a great way to open you energy centers. The video was very helpful.

    I like the Door of Life exercise. It would be nice to feel that flow and not rush though life. I would love to do something to decrease the tension in my body and mind. It seem like a very powerful exercise.

    Qigong seems like an activity that I could benefit from.

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      Liz

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      Hey Katherine, yes! When I started getting into qigong I was so surprised at its simplicity yet power to transform how I felt. It is the easiest form of exercise I know of (and I have tried a lot believe me!), yet one of the most effective for an over all mind body workout which gets quick results.

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    Jamie

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    Wow, I have never heard of this! I was thinking it was going to be something similar to the Kinisio-tape that’s become popular in the athletics world. Have you tried or experimented with KT tape at all? Are their similar methods being used here? I see this is much different in what it targets but was wondering if it has some of the same ideas behind it that you know of if you’re familiar with KT tape?

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      Liz

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      Hi Jamie. Interesting! I am not familiar with KT tape, however I did a quick google search and I can say that qigong is not similar at all this. KT tape works with physical support, where is qigong body tapping works with the bodies energy pathways from the Chinese medicine system and therefore looks at restoring the body from a deeper level than just the physical level. The Chinese medicine system sees health as coming first and foremost from the smooth flow of the energy pathways before more physical aspects of our health. Therefore if you open up the energy pathways through methods such as this one, physical health has a greater chance of being restored as our biology is driven by our energy systems.

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    Daniel

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    Thank you for sharing your post on Gigong Body Tapping. I found your article very interesting & actually I feel this form of exercise would be beneficial for me.

    I like the fact that it really helps with stress cause this is something I struggle with. I’m curious. Does this form of exercise need to be performed on a daily basis?

    Thanks for writing this very helpful article.

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      Liz

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      Hi Daniel, for best results, these kinds of exercises should be performed daily. But  if you are short on time, even just a 15 minute session will do wonders for you each day. The best thing to try is to commit to it for two weeks and keep track of how you feel on a subjective level and compare how you felt before you started practicing daily, and then at the end of two weeks.

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    Dr.A.Thiru

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    Thank you for a wonderful demo.
    Have a pleasant day.
    Dr.A.Thiru. Malaysia.

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      Liz

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      My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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