Brain Massage on the Tip of Your Toes
One of my favorite types of Qigong to teach is a practice called "The Eight Pieces of Brocade." This series of eight exercises was originally developed over a thousand years ago to prepare Chinese soldiers for battle (who wore heavy armor). It has many names and variations, but is now considered a form of Medical Qigong because it is known to heal hundreds of disorders of the mind, body, emotions and spirit, including very old injuries.
If you are familiar with reflexology, you will know that you have reflex points for your entire body on the bottoms of your feet, the palms of your hands, your ears and torso. When you stand on your tip toes, you are stimulating and energizing your brain, and your pineal, hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
It's on the Tip of Your Toes ...
The final exercise in the Eight Pieces of Brocade is an exercise that I call "Balance on Tip Toes." This exercise energizes and regulates energy throughout your brain and entire body. It also enhances circulation, mental focus, acuity and concentration, helps remove writer's and other mental blocks and will energize your brain during work or study sessions.
Here's How to Do It
- Stand with your feet together, knees slightly bent
- Tuck your tailbone under
- Gently pull your shoulders up, back and down
- Tuck your chin in slightly
- Ladies place your left palm over right palm
- Gentlemen place your right palm over your left palm
- With palm over palm, cover your navel center
- Begin to breathe slowly and deeply
- Inhale, slowly rise up on tiptoes, balance for three seconds
- Exhale, slowly lower your heels to the ground, repeat at least three times
Most people who take my Qigong classes cannot balance on tip toes with good posture (as pictured above) for more than a second or two. However, with time and practice, you'll be amazed and how your balance will improve and you'll also develop strength and endurance in your calf muscles. This exercise is traditionally taught with three specific hand movements which I'll cover in a future blog post. For now, begin by simply working on your posture and gradually increasing the time until you can balance on tip toes for a minute. At this point, you can gradually transition into a standing meditation where you can hold the position for as long as needed to energize your body. Practice whenever you need a break during the day or when you are having difficulty concentrating. Practice often and enjoy in radiant health.