Posture 10: Hand Exercise
The tenth posture of Luk Tung Kuen is known as “Hand Exercise”. Let us first analyse the posture and then its name.
Starting position: Stand Upright. Raise up the right arm. The right hand should touch the top of the head at the position of Bai Hui acupuncture point (百會穴) with the palm facing upward. Keep the fingers straight. Bend the elbow of the left arm slightly and the hand should be at the level of the waist with the palm facing downward.
Movement 1: When ready, the instructor count “one” push the right hand upward with effort. Meanwhile, the left hand pushes downward with effort, fingers pointing forward. That is, one hand pushes upward and the other hand pushes downward. Bring the right arm down to the original position, that is, the right hand still touches the top of the head and the left hand is still at the level of the waist. When count “two”, repeat the movement. Repeat the movement for ten times.
Movement 2: Reverse the position of the right arm and the left arm with the left hand touch the top of the head and right hand at the level of the waist. The movement is the same as mentioned in movement 1. The only difference is that it is the turn for the right hand to push upward and the left hand downward.
From this posture, we can see it is a stretching exercise for the right arm and the left arm and the exercise is designed in accordance with the theory of our modern times. This matches the theory of acupuncture at the same time. According to the explanation of Ha Kinh, this posture can facilitate the free circulation of blood and the eighteen acupoints. It is understood that on the top central part of our head there is the Bai Hui acupoint (百會穴); both the left and right shoulder has Jian Jing acupoint (肩井穴); the Qu Chi acupoint (曲池穴) can be found on the elbow; while in between the thumb and the first finger there is the He Gu acupoint (合谷穴). Besides, there are many acupoints found near the ears such as Shen Yu acupoint (腎盂穴). The stretching of both arms stimulates these acupoints which in turn stimulates the function of the brain, the heart, the kidney, the shoulder, the arms the fingers and the central nervous system. This exercise can cure one who is sick and strengthen one’s well-being.