Fill the Joints with Chi
Taoist believe that the joints can store energy, like the bones and organs. When the joints are filled with chi, they operate more effectively and provide cushion between the bones. Tai chi is a wonderful exercise for improving the joints. If you don’t know Tai chi, it’s ok. Chi kung exercises are similar to tai chi but are shorter, easier to learn, and can be more focused . Thus, if we find a chi kung exercise that focuses on a specific part of our health, we can practice this for 30, 60, or 90 days and watch our health improve.
A simple chi kung exercise for the joints begins with the hands resting at the sides of the body. On the inhale, open all of the joints, starting with the toes, move up to the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, and even the sternum and plates of the head. On the exhale, let the joints relax and the breath/energy from the inhale can rest into the joints. As we become more familiar with this technique, all the joints can open at once on the inhale and then relax at the same time on the exhale. Try it!