Abdomen Massaging (roufu) Lying Form

  1. Create a qi-field.
  2. Lie on the bed on your back, naturally stretch the legs out straight.
  3. Put the right palm on the center of the upper abdomen, then the left palm upon the back of the left hand.
  4. Massage the upper abdomen with the two hands moving together in clockwise direction (up, left, down, right).

The hands press the skin to move in circles (always pressing and pushing the same area of the abdominal skin). Gradually increase the pressure and move slowly and smoothly in a steady and firm way, from small circles to big ones.

Visualization techniques

Keep the mind (attention) inside upon the motions of the central qi, following the circling of the hands, neither promoting nor forgetting.

Duration of practice

The longer the better before sleep or after waking. Usually 30 minutes to one hour. It’s all right if you fall asleep but remember to nourish qi several minutes before getting up.

Cultivating the central qi and make it permeate the tendon membranes.

Central qi is very important to the health, strength and vitality of practitioners. In fact, this method was derived from the Essential Forms of Shaolin Martial Arts – the first step of the 12-month Forms, one of the secret methods to build inner strength.

Help restore health for intestines and stomach patients.

Supplementary exercise for patients confined to bed.

Possible Sensations

After about one-week practice, while the hands are pressing and circling upon the upper abdomen, one may feel the flowing of the inner central qi.

One to three months later, the central qi can be doubled, one feels strong and vigorous, a sonorous voice from the depth of the chest may be built. The upper abdomen becomes full and round which is a sign of the “risen tendon membranes”, the preparatory step to practice hard forms in Shaolin Martial Arts.