Bodys reaction after Zhan zhuang

Through Zhan zhuang training the functions of the internal body will change and this will come with different reactions you can perceive in your body as shown below:

1.2.1 Tingling feeling

Tingling feeling is a body reaction intervening often for beginners. When it starts the feeling maybe be uncomfortable, but after some time we generally get use to it. Along with the period of time assuming Zhan zhuang, the localization of tingling reaction may also change: for example it may start in your finger then move gradually in your foot, leg, shoulder and later back etc. You can feel also in addition a sensation of "ants walking" on your skin moving from one area to another. This is in fact the results of dilation of blood vessel capillaries, as the blood flow is increased through post standing.

1.2.2 Swelling and aching feeling

After around one to two weeks of daily training, you may feel in your leg, knee, waist, ribs, shoulder, neck, etc. different degrees of swelling, aching and tiredness in the whole body, this is in fact a natural physiological reaction of the body after this starting period of post standing: within additional one or two weeks of training, this sensation should disappear.

If parts of body were wounded in the past, during post standing these old wounds may suddenly reactivate pain, this is called "old wound" reaction. There is another type of local reaction, for patient suffering from neurasthenia, it may trigger headache, those suffering from stomach and intestines diseases may feel abdominal pains, those suffering from arthritis sufferer may find their joints swelling and aching, for people suffering from goiter (large swelling of a thyroid gland) may have local feeling of "needling" (or acmesthesia), etc. All these reactions will generally disappear by themselves within 3 to 10 days. They are in fact good preliminary signs of recovery as they are testifying the very significant changes happening in the internal body with Zhan zhuang practice and reinstalling virtuous metabolism functions.

I.2.3 Warming feeling

After 20 minutes of Zhuan zhuang the whole should get warming feeling and if you increase the physical effort involved in (we will see below how to increase it) you may even perspire. The amount of perspiration is closely related to the amount of physical efforts involved in standing (physical efforts are depending on the two parameters total time of standing as well as the bending angle of the joints during standing).

When you can reach perspiration state in your post standing your whole body will feel a special relaxed sensation of well being. Another reaction can be due to the stimulation of digestive function, as better wavelike muscular contractions of the alimentary canal, bringing many people to belch or to fart.. Sometimes large outburst of intestinal gas may appear noisy and embarrassing but in any case it provides comfortable relief!

I.2.3 Vibrating feeling

To assume correctly your posture you need to keep your four limbs muscles incessantly contracting and relaxing.

So as time goes your working muscles will progressively bring up quivering. In the beginning quivering should be quite light, you can't even see it, but once you touch locally (knee, thigh ...) you can feel it. Later quivering becomes more obvious and you'll be able to see your muscles contracting regularly.

Then later you find pulsation phenomena, sometimes the foot may stamping on the floor in a "rub-a-dub" movement. After passing some times in pulsating movements, muscle endurance and nerve system control reach a new level of achievement so that pulsating movements will rapidly diminish and even disappear.

1.2.3 Asymmetry feeling a) Left/right level asymmetry

During post standing training it often appears obvious dissymmetry between both hands position while the practitioner may feel by himself still perfectly symmetric.

Then if you correct back to a real symmetric left and right posture, he may feel now difference between his both sides. The reason is that both sides are responding physiologically caused by for example a different muscular development or/and daily unsymmetrical physical effort solicitation in each side.

b) Left/right different level of numbness

In post standing you may feel in one side swelling and needling but in the other side absolutely no swelling and needling, or for example one side headache and the other side no; one side feeling comfortable, then other side no, etc.

This feeling is very obvious for patients suffering from high blood pressure and those from hemiplegia.

c) Left/right different level of perspiration

Some practitioners, due to unadjusted nerve excitation may perspire abundantly in one side while the other side is completely dry. For example the case of facial asymmetry: right side of the face is perspiring but not left side. This dissymmetry has been frequently demonstrated under clinical tests.

2.5.4 Left/right different level of circulation

In this case when starting post standing, both arms are placed at the same level, with same load (the weight of each arm) but after 20 minutes one arm's color will remain normal while the other arm will be dark purple. One side having swelling and heavy feeling from finger up to shoulder and the other side having no feeling at all.

2.5.5 Left/right difference of temperature

In this case the difference between both hands is very obvious, just touching one hand you will feel it very hot, then touching the other it will very cold.

This difference of temperature has been also verified and controlled under clinical tests electronic checking each time the temperature of middle finger in certain cases this difference may reach 10°C. There is also the case of a practitioner whose five fingers presented radically different temperatures.

Concerning these types of asymmetry feeling and reaction following Zhan zhuang, we have generally noted that after 2-3 weeks of constant training, all them are significantly reduced and after 2-3 months they have practically disappeared.

2.5.6 Well being feeling

Under sufficient Zhan zhuang practice, the readjustment of signal excitation quality in human cerebral cortex which is directed connected to major functions such as senses, motor and many others physiological functions, will directly improve these same functions, as a general result your internal body will reach a state of special comfort, optimistic and light in your mind, chest and belly flexible and without pressure, pathologic symptoms reducing, spirit elevated, four limbs gaining strength and whole body relaxed. This well being feeling comes along with your progress in Zhan zhuang and constitutes a very good psychological and physiological support for the practitioner to deepen either his treatment for deeper recovery or to build more martial abilities from this basic level of training.

We have summarized all the reactions intervening during post standing therapeutics on a weekly based in the following Table 1-1.

Table 1-1 Reactions to Post standing therapeutics on weekly based

Category

Different reactions

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

week

week

week

week

week

week

Hand tingling

+

+

+ +

+ +

+

-

Foot tingling

+

+

+ +

+ +

+

-

Tingling

Head tingling & swelling

-

-

-

±

±

±

feeling

Half body tingling & sw.

-

-

-

±

±

±

Whole body tingling.&.sw.

-

-

-

-

±

±

Ants walking

-

±

±

+

+

+

Shoulder swelling and

+

+ +

+

±

-

-

pain

-

-

+

+ +

+

-

Swelling

Neck swelling and pain

+

+ +

+ +

+

±

-

and

Knee swelling and pain

+

+ +

+

-

-

-

pain feeling

Leg swelling and pain

-

±

±

-

-

-

Waist and rib pain

-

±

+

-

-

-

Old wound pain

-

-

±

+

-

-

Local reaction

Belching

±

+

+

+

±

±

Warming

Farting

±

+

+

+

±

±

feeling

Abdominal noise

-

-

-

±

±

±

Warming

±

+

+

+

-

-

Perspiring

±

+

+

+

±

-

Vibrating

Vibrating

-

+

+

+

-

-

Quivering

-

-

+

+

-

-

feeling

Pulsating

-

-

-

+

+

-

Left/right hand level

+

+

+

+

+

+

Left/right leg bending

-

-

+

+

+

+

Asymmetry

Left/right tingling & swell.

-

-

-

±

±

±

feeling

Left/right perspiration

-

-

±

±

+

+

Left/right circulation

-

-

-

±

±

+

Left/right temperature

-

-

±

±

+

-

Head relaxed

-

-

+

+

+ +

+ + +

Well being

Chest relaxed

-

-

+

+

+ +

+ + +

feeling

Whole body comfortable

-

-

+

+

+ +

+ + +

Note: Levels of reaction are indicated as followed:

"+ + +" indicates highest perception; "+ +" for very strong; "+" for significant;; "±" for the limit between having and having; "-" for none existence

From List 1-1 we can notice that after two weeks training post standing, tingling, swelling, aching and pains reactions become more obvious, on the third week, then they can gradually be reduced. In the contrary, before 2-3 weeks of training, one's may not in general feel the well being sensation, but after 3-4 weeks it should could appear progressively; for a longer period of training well being sensation should be more obvious. After six weeks on training and with appropriate adjustment of physical efforts in the training: tingling, swelling, aching and pain reaction may appear again before disappearing after a certain time of practice. In fact these incessant situation coming/fading back and forth are the external signals paving the enhancement of curative effects and the strengthening of your overall body.

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