Fit in her 90’s, Women Credits Health to a Simple Bouncing Exercise
Maybe Fitness is Easier Than We Make It?
I first learned about this “miracle” exercise from a woman still fit in her 90s. She credited her vibrant health to a “bouncing” practice she did daily.
Needless to say, I was curious, especially after hearing the routine referred to in wellness circles as “The Cure for 99 Diseases.” While I knew that wasn’t meant literally, it was a testimonial to how powerful “the Ancients” found this form.
Apparently doing 100 repetitions of bouncing per day helped this grandmother run circles around women half her age.
The routine, also called “Shaking the Tree” or a “Chi Shower,” essentially involves standing in place with arms relaxed while bouncing up and down on your heels, keeping toes on the floor. The intensity and speed is up to you.
It’s something I’ve been doing daily for more than a year, and if I ever forget, I definitely notice less “pop” in my personal energy.
What the bouncing actually does
The practice comes from the ancient art known as Qigong, which means the cultivation of the life force energy.
Qigong masters say stress can turn more toxic if not released properly. Our energy can become “spiky, scattered and fragmented,” according to Marisa Cranfill, a well-known instructor who first learned Qigong in the Orient decades ago.
Shaking or bouncing helps release negative emotions, while also releasing tension throughout the body.
The practice is also said to help drain and purge lymph nodes.
Psychologically, the practice also takes us out of our mental chatter by placing our consciousness in our body. Holding our attention in the body can speed healing and bring a sense of calm, while spending too much time in our head leads to neglect of the body.
Boosting the practice with visualizations.
- First, just let your mind go. Then, see if some visualizations enhance the effects.
- Let the Earth shake you. Feel as if the Earth were trembling under your feet, bouncing you up and down. It’s a fun feeling.
- “Qi Shower” — Picture all the cells of your body getting cleansed each time you bounce. See all negative energy flowing downward, as positive new energy flows down like a shower onto you.
- “Shaking the Tree” — see yourself like a mighty tree shaking up and down, letting any dead leaves and other debris fall to the ground as gentle rains flow down onto you.
There’s no wrong way to do it, just find the right pace and intensity that feels good for you, without causing any discomfort.
When to do it: I do this as part of my morning routine. I don’t recommend doing this after eating. It’s best to do between meals to allow smooth digestion and prevent upsetting your stomach.
Sometimes you’ll find a hidden pain or soreness when you shake, this is fine and part of the healing process. Just go easy on it and find a way to be gentle with that area.
Note that once the body experiences pain, it immediately begins repairing it and sending natural pain killers.
So, if the shaking brought this to consciousness, that can be beneficial.
As for the “99 diseases,” my best guess is that it’s just a saying for a wholistic practice (which addresses the whole body) to cleanse and strengthen tissues, perhaps helping to alleviate a wide variety of ailments.
More details could be gleaned by studying up on Chinese medicine.
Benefits of Shaking the Tree:
More zest — I have more “bursting” energy in the day, and I feel like I can hop onto just about anything and do it well.
Anti-aging — I have tighter skin and more color since doing this, making me look younger than my true age.
Less aches and pains — from headaches to random soreness in the body, the shaking toughens us up and can identify and relieve soreness.
Becoming more “Antifragile” — meaning beyond just tough. Tough means you can take hits and remain intact, while antifragile means the hits actually make you stronger.
Less Disease — I’m sick less overall, and chronic issues I once dealt with have faded, like a sore knee and brain fog.
Free video lesson: “Shaking the Tree”
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