Working 9 to 5 five days a week, it is the weekly schedule most white collars follow. Sitting in front of the computer and focusing on the screen for several hours, between health and unhealthiness, there appears a “popular” new word called “sub health”亚(yà)健(jiàn)康(kāng) in recent years. If we do an inquiry to rank the most common symptoms, cervical spondylosis could be the top concern.
I accompanied a foreign friend to a traditional Chinese hospital in Hangzhou to do treatment on her cervical ache. Before selecting the Chinese style therapy she delivered her X-ray photo to her hometown and let the local western doctors check. Threatened by the advice of having an operation, she determined to try the Chinese way. Rather than making a surgery, she received traditional Chinese medical treatment by massage and acupuncture; otherwise, the doctor emphasized that the most efficient way for recovery depend on her persistence of practicing her “Jin”.
So here comes my keyword today, 拉(lā)筋(jīn). In order to show you a vivid instruction, first look at the following photos and cartoons.
What will you associate this kind of posture with, martial art, ballet or opera? Hah, obviously the practice is not as tough as a professional level which is indeed unreachable by common people.
Lying posture of La Jin, officially invented by a famous Hong Kong doctor named Zhu Zeng Xiang（朱增祥）who has a fifty-year working experience in traditional Chinese medicine domain. After inventing a set of health care practice, he owns his copyright of Zhu style La Jin（朱氏拉筋）.
“Acupuncture points” is one of the top keywords in our website traffic from Google, which proved that many readers feel interested in knowing those “mysterious treatment” from Chinese traditional medical theory. I just thought that you may feel too academic and professional in our “Chinese Herbal Medication” page; you can imagine Jin as a “container” which hold the human “Qi”, a flow of energy passing throughout the body. For a curious “green hand”, I suggest you follow the simple practice method instead of memorizing those complicated acupuncture points as priority.
The main concept of La Jin is to stretch yourself by following the above “major Jin of human body”. The informal way relies on patting the route of Jin by hands, if you coincidentally encountered the morning exercises of the elders in China, you may see the interesting scene (I will shoot some videos to note in the future.) Wanna know the formal way? To tell the truth, I felt surprised to see it at the first time. As soon as the La Jin Practice is born, the new invention called “La Jin bench”(拉筋凳) appeared at the same time. Instead of a western style running machine, La Jin bench, which offered a professional assistance to stretch the Jin, received huge popularity among Chinese people, especially the elders.
Seems crazy? I think the main reason for the mass pursuit of La Jin based on its advantage of curing many chronic diseases not only cervical spondylosis. What’s more, the key point is curing yourself rather than depending on the doctors.