March 21, 2014 7:20pm CST
I recently began a new health regime, well not entirely new. I cleaned up my diet a lot - eating good food - fruit and vegies, nuts and good oils. I walked a lot, in fact about 6 kilometers a day. I was reasonably healthy but needed a bit more. A friend introduced me to La Jin and Paida. La Jin is a Chinese term for muscles and tendons. Paida is slapping. Yep you literally slap yourself! I've been doing La Jin every day for the past 5 weeks without fail. Easy because I only do 10 minutes (5 each leg). The Paida I do weekly - and could probably do more. So why is this practice so good? La Jin is a process of stretching the body - the muscles and tendons to open the meridians. Meridians can be explained as deep layers in your energy that when open and flowing lead towards wellbeing. The premise of this practice is that if you can get to these deep layers you can cure any illness. In Chinese medicine there is a saying "you pay your doctor only if you stay well. If you are sick he gets nothing." La Jin is for wellbeing, maintenance for the well. But until you get to this, you have a fair bit of stretching and releasing to do. Do not give up your medications just yet. So here's a link to the main site for La Jin. This guy left a high paying financiers job to teach this method FREE. His knowledge on the topic is vast. There are also youtube vids on this topic to help you. And know that you don't have to buy anything for this either. Instead of using a table as shown in the site, you can place 2 or 3 chairs together and use them instead (this is what I do). Place the chairs against a wall/door jam that allows you to dangle one leg to the ground and one up the wall. Reverse legs, so change the position of your chairs to even up the stretch.