Self-massage has become a very popular phenomenon, which has been based on Chinese gymnastics used by Qi Gong that has more than 4 millennia of existence. It is a very useful massage for those people who live submerged in work, perform few movements, are stressed very often and are overweight.
Then we tell you everything you need to know: what is Chinese self-massage, how to do it correctly and what are its benefits.
Self-massage based on blows
For 4 thousand years, the Chinese believe that Qi Gong improves the flow of vital energy in the body. We do not know much about Qi energy, but there are several scientific studies conducted on the subject.
A great clinicalresearch found that this gymnastics strengthens blood circulation, improves metabolism and helps lose weight. Other studies investigated the massage applied in children with autism, and found that it served to lower their stress levels and concentrate better on tasks.
How to do it
This massage is done with rhythmic movements, patting and light strokes. Tap with the tips of your fingers on the head area, and then all over the body, with the palm of your hand and your fists.
The massage should last 3 to 5 minutes and can be done at any time, although doctors advise doing it in the morning or when you have a lot of fatigue. Do the exercises while standing, hitting the surface of the skin very lightly.
If you have little time to do the massage, pay attention to the following points that are central to their effectiveness.
# 1 Head
In a straight position, start hitting your head with the fingers of both hands, directing from the forehead towards the nape of the neck. Emphasize the area of the temples, crown and neck in the area of hair growth. You have to make 10 circles: temples, forehead, crown and neck, or 30 taps in each of the points. Keep rubbing them until they redden slightly.
# 2 Arms
Stretch one arm forward and pat it from top to bottom on all four sides: forearm (both outside and inside) and shoulder (outside and inside). Concentrate on the area of the elbow crease. Give 25 pats at each point and do it on each arm.
# 3 Chest and abdomen
With the wrist of the left or the fist, it pats lightly from the lower part of the chest upwards, repeating 10 times. Concentrate on the armpits and ribs by hitting these points 30 times. Then, he finishes patting on both hands in the abdomen area.
# 4 Back and glutes
In a straight position, with the palm and fist of the left arm it hits the whole right side of the back and trying to reach the less accessible places. Then, with the right hand, give 15 pats on the right side, and then with the left palm or the fist, hit the palm of your left gluteus. Do the same on both sides of your body, 50 to 100 times each.
# 5 Legs
Lift the right leg and clap gently with both hands from the calf to the thighs on all sides, and then do the same with the other leg. Do it 10 times on each leg. Concentrate on the area below the knees, patting 30 times. Finish the massage by giving 20 pats on the feet.
Do this exercise when:
- Have a headache, because it strengthens your blood circulation
- Have accumulated fatigue and still wait for a full working day, especially if you have a waiting time limit
- You want to lose weight because, although it will not replace the gym or diet, it will help your metabolism to accelerate
- Seeking to reduce cellulite and improve your skin color, it will increase blood flow in all layers of the skin
- You feed yourself badly frequently, because exercise improves the functioning of the internal organs and accelerates your metabolism