If you know me personally or have been following my posts on our blog, you will know that I am quite the fanatic in keeping myself as healthy and as fit as I can, with all kinds of simple routines.
Hence (thankfully, by the grace of God), at the age of 90, I am still as active as can be.
Has anyone heard of the health benefits gained by using a bamboo beater to beat oneself with? No I am not a masochist, but if you ascribe to the oriental viewpoint of how to activate the circulation in your system, you will understand where the basis for this method is coming from.
This being a simple but totally effective way to activate the circulation and the ‘chi’, thereafter, my level of alertness shoots up and I feel great. I can confidently say that it also helps me maintain an upright posture with ease.
I use the beater to beat myself on all parts of my body – starting from the head downwards to the neck – shoulders – back (but not the spine) – torso – arms – palms – buttocks – inner and outer thighs – back and sides of calves – right down to the soles of my feet – several times a day.
The photos above show where and how I beat myself. At each spot shown, I beat about 10 times.
When it comes to the soles of my feet I continue beating up to the count of 100 on each foot. This works wonders for me and I do believe it contributes towards my ability to walk fast!
As to how often use the beater to beat myself… well, let us just say, at all times of day, whenever I have a few minutes free. If I have been seated for a while, out comes the beater to beat my palms and the soles of my feet.
I beat my husband up too!!! (LOL) To be specific, I use the beater to beat the soles of his feet every day and night, and the back of his shoulders. It helps his circulation and relaxes the shoulder muscles after spending hours at the computer desk.
The bamboo beater that I use, as shown in the image above, is purchased at the local markets. Apparently these are made in China. They are pretty light but effective.
If one cannot find the beater, then the alternative would be to use the palm of the hand to beat oneself. That will be discussed in another chapter…
I totally believe in this beating technique, and it suits me very well. However, if in doubt it is best to check with your physician first before trying it out. The important thing is to remember NOT to beat the spine.
As I always say, all my keep fit routines are deceptively simple and easy to follow. The only thing is to remember that any keep fit routine needs to be practised regularly and consistently.