Friday, May 06, 2016

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, Movement No. 2


Broaden the Chest

2. Broadening the Chest

This movement is the largest breathing cycle of all the 18 movements. It continues on from raising the arms to opening them with a view to making the chest broader and stretching the arms, hands and fingers.

Think of the space that they are moving in. Think of this space expanding when the arms are opened as if holding an expanding balloon and contracting when they close together. This movement opens the aura like opening windows when cleaning a house.

Raise arms to shoulders as in the previous movement called Raising the Arms.

Then open arms out:
  • turn palms to face each other
  • and draw the hands away from each other
  • extend the hands and arms fully to the sides
  • feel the stretch to finger tips
  • keep elbows slightly bent
  • continue in-breath until arms are fully extended

Next, close arms and breathe out slowly as you go:
  • turn the palms to face each other
  • and then draw the hands together until they are shoulder width apart

Return arms to sides:
  • turn palms to face the front
  • fingers upwards and slightly curved
  • sink body down with knees slightly bent
  • draw arms down to thighs
palms face out to backwards as if setting down the contracted balloon.

Health Benefits:
  • Alleviates lumbar muscle strains.
  • Helps with problems, nervous breakdown, depression, insomnia, and tearfulness.
  • Increases oxygen in the lungs and clears thinking.
  • Increases awareness.
  • Generates feelings of joy and confidence.
  • Relieves muscle fatigue.