Shaolin Kung Fu Head Conditioning Massage RoutinesOn April 26, 2017 by abah guru
Used extensively and successfully in China for thousands of years by a number of related Kung Ku styles such exercises enjoy enduring popularity for Martial Arts (Wu Shu) conditioning in the People’s Republic today. Wu Shu Massage is part of external (wei dan) Martial Qigong and is mastered via perseverance, time and effort.
Yin Yang Balance
Full of health, fitness, self and life improvement potential these exercises are also aesthetic, improving the body’s Yin/Yang balance–the head’s in this case. As a Wu Shu Coach I’ve practised them, amongst many others (comprising a whole-body workout) on a near daily basis for over 20 years.
The head, vital part of Chinese external body-conditioning is often neglected in the West. Done regularly these routines bring about a gradual expansion and sharpening of consciousness, enhancing the perceptions in Wu Shu-friendly ways.
5 Elements External (wei dan) Martial Qigong has much more for those wishing to learn Wu Shu massage and its key routines. 5 Elements Internal (nei dan) Qigong, offering Wu Shu students more still in body-conditioning terms, is harder to learn–but both together are considered the ideal!
These routines, a short selection of Wu Shu head-conditioning massages, improve various functions and areas of this. The head is the most important part of the body where the consciousness resides.
General Consciousness is based in ‘Headquarters’ but few realise regular maintenance is necessary for consciousness to function most effectively. We refer to head and face, incidentally, also when speaking of someone’s ‘looks.’
Head conditioning’s yin/yang balancing helps your impact upon others in beneficial physical, physiological and psychological ways. These are the reward of prolonged persistence and determination
Kung Fu Under Your Nose
Make a Wu Shu ‘Crane’s beak’ with thumb and first two fingers of your left hand, insert this into the indentation just beneath your nose and massage 30x anti-clockwise. Repeat the exercise with the right hand similarly anti-clockwise.
Massaging the Zenzhong Pressure Point, in this way, stimulates the body’s immune system as this key head-location is the Du Mei Qi channel’s terminal point. The exercise teaches Wu Shu students Zenzhong’s precise position, how and why to attack it (using the Crane’s beak) and how to strengthen this key area themselves.
Such underlying applications are a feature of the 5 Elements ‘Wuxing’ System. They apply to other routines from this source but are not always initially obvious.
Temple Massage With the Thumbs.
Over time this prevents and reduce lines and wrinkles. With the broad area at the tip of your thumb massage each temple 20 times in an anticlockwise direction. This also guides you to the precise location of the vital Taiyang and Taiyin Pressure Points and improves the underlying quality of this area.
Forehead Massage With Both Palms.
This forehead massage reduces wrinkling and creasing over time and ensures your eyebrows will never droop.
Making a well-defined ‘V’ between your second and third fingers, open the fingers of both hands as wide as possible. Push the fingers both palms and fingers upwards through your eyebrows and across the brows to the hairline before pulling them outwards and downwards in a continuous circular motion 20 times.
Combing Hair and Scalp.
Helping hair to retain its original colour, this routine also prevents and retards hair loss and greying.
Comb from the middle of your scalp outwards with crooked fingers 50 times moving from the front of your head to the rear and vice-versa. Similarly, comb the hair straight backwards 25 times in this fashion.
Strengthen Teeth Roots.
This is also part of longevity training. To strengthen their roots, firmly and gently knock your upper and lower sets of teeth together 48 times. The ensuing vibrations penetrate the skull and help clear debris from the brain stem.
Your Confident Smile.
First impressions are very important and this exercise can decide a range of encounters positively in your favour. Even when surprised from behind your quick turnaround will reveal a confident faintly smiling individual.
Carefully maintain a gentle smile throughout this routine. Rub your upper and lower lips together gently, moving them back and forwards in opposing directions horizontally 20 times. Repeat if required.
Eventually, after prolonged practice, a pleasant friendly smile becomes your natural expression. This Wu Shu massage drill influences people unconsciously in your favour at powerful levels of non-verbal communication.
These 6 Wu Shu massage routines, all part of External Qigong relating to the head, also help it significantly preserve or regain its youthful and healthy appearance. Groups of routines apply to all body areas at varying levels of intensity.