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How to Use Baoding Balls

Updated on May 27, 2015

How to Use Baoding Balls

Baoding balls originated in China in the Middle Ages (14th – 17th centuries). Nowadays they have become an important part of Western civilization. Each year more people get interested in the Eastern health traditions and practices. Baoding balls are used for exercises, meditation, for stress relief, massage, therapy, and alternative medicine. Baoding balls are sometimes called chime balls or Chinese health balls. They are normally made of chrome-plated steel and have tiny particles inside. As baoding balls vary in size, color, and ornament everyone will find the ones to his / her taste. There are different techniques of ball manipulation. In the article we will provide general information and give step-by-step instructions on how to use the baoding balls.

Te basic principle is to spin the baoding balls in one or both palms. The balls can be rotated clockwise and then counterclockwise. You will hear chime coming from the hallow part of the balls as they rotate and touch one another. To make the exercise more complicated you may wish to quickly move the health balls at the same time keeping them separated. Advanced manipulators may roll up to four or even more balls at a time. However, exercises with two balls are likewise effective and convey the necessary amount of healing impulses to the person’s mind and body.

As the chime balls vary in size it is recommended to start with 2.0″ ones and latter proceed to 2.4″ (60 mm), 2.8″ (70 mm), or even 3.9″ (100 mm) if needed. Of course the orbit of moving balls will change with their size and the rotation technique. Pressure on some parts of the fingers and palm will modify accordingly. The healing effect of the baoding balls is achieved by affecting the meridians and acupuncture points on the fingers and the palm that resonance the impulses throughout the organism stimulating it.

Here is a step-by-step instruction on how to use the baoding balls. The instruction is designed for the beginner’s level exercise with tips for advanced practice.

Step 1. Take two baoding balls in one palm feeling their size and shape in your palm.
Step 2. Start moving the balls round slowly manipulating with your fingers and palm muscles. You will hear balls touch one another making a chime-like sound.
Step 3. With no interference of the other hand reverse the direction of the rolling balls.
Step 4. Roll the balls in the same direction trying not to let them come in touch with each other.
Step 5. Reverse their spin still keeping them apart.

If you are eager for a challenge proceed with adding a third, forth, or even fifth ball. If the balls are of 2.0″ or 2.4″ in size it will be quite feasible. You may also wish to make the exercise in the other palm. So follow the same instruction step by step. When you have mastered the techniques with both hands you may do the baoding ball manipulations implementing the both hands at a time.

Apart from positive effect all over the organism the Chinese balls exercises are irreplaceable for musicians and other professionals whose career is connected with manual work. In our computer age when we spend tens of hours with one palm on the mouse or both on the keyboard it will be especially useful to know how to use the baoding balls.

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