WHAT IS LIAN GONG SHI BA FA
Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa is a set of therapeutic and health care exercises developed by Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming in 1970's from ancient Chinese traditional medicine, acupuncture, age-old massage techniques and ancient Chinese martial arts. It comprises of 3 parts, with each part being a set of 18 exercises. Part I helps in alleviating sprains, strains and stress, Part II relieves aches in joints and treatment of internal organs while Part III concentrates on breathing exercises for healing bronchial asthma, respiratory, circulatory disorders and heart problems.
The anatomy and physiology of Lian Gong
Science behind Lian Gong - Massage in Motion
Everyday the body has to do a lot of co-ordinated actions
involving the different muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints
and spine. Due to wrong postures, improper balancing and repetitive
movements, these muscles and sinew are prone to stresses and
strains, wear and tear, trauma and injury in the sports and
IT industry. This leads to inflammation, accumulation of toxins
and impaired blood flow to these organs and tissues. The circulation
and nerve supply to the muscles and tendons is affected, leading
to pain and disability.
By the practice of Lian Gong, for instance, in the chest
region, there is wide stretching of the mediastinum, thereby
enough internal space is created in the thoracic cavity for
the heart and lungs to expand and contract and by proper
breathing, function to the fullest potential. The arteries
and veins also constrict and dilate to their fullest capacity
and so carry more blood to every nook and corner of the body,
leading to increased oxygenation of every cell and tissue
and better nutrition of every fiber and cell, leading to balanced
and better microcellular function. This increases energy levels
and so longer and sustained action happens. Due to collapsed
habitual types of postures at work or otherwise, they inhibit
natural function and flow of respiratory system.
Likewise, the internal organs of the body are asked to perform
all its functions in a congested space. But when you work
with Lian Gong, due to acupressure, self massage and wide
stretching techniques employed, there is increased space and
more space for each individual cell or fiber to function better,
leading to increased flexibility and allowance for full range
of movement. The amount of oxygen retention is higher and
there is more heat, thus more oxygen and nutrients and better
micro-circulation, reduces the swelling, inflammation and
removal of toxins and metabolites bringing back the muscle
and sinew to normal and better function than ever before.
Pains and aches are generally a result of collapse and congestion
of space in an area of the body due to trauma or injury and
cramped internal body space. And at the microcellular level
the function is disturbed due to lack of space, improper oxygenation
and lack of nutrients due to reduced circulation.
The mental pressure also mounts due to body pressure. Lian
Gong brings about proper alignment and balancing of body parts.
All forces acting are even and there is a state of equilibrium.
An imbalance in posture and repetitive movements bring about
uneven stretching of fibers in different areas of the same
ligaments, tendons and muscles making them prone to stresses
and strains, wear and tear, weakening of fibers at different
points and areas in the same muscle, tendon and ligament.
Practicing Lian Gong again rectifies the muscles, ligaments
and tendons and brings it back to normal function. Increased
circulation, increased space, increased oxygen, increased
nutrition and healing the injured fibers, strengthening them,
thereby increasing flexibility and individual fibers, making
them less prone to stress, strains and injury and affording
stability to the joint. In the spine when there is reduction
of inter-vertebral space, the practice of Lian Gong stretches,
strengthens and stabilizes the inter-vertebral discs, muscles,
ligaments and tendons and gives support, stability and flexibility
to the spinal joints and reduce pressure on the inter-vertebral
discs. The spinal curves are extremely important. The alignment
of the spinal vertebral column to the pelvis is very important.
A lateral curvature is called scoliosis. Lian Gong sets right
even this lateral curvature. Lian Gong brings back the exaggerated
curves back to normal.