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
The 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 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).
Now 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!).
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.