The tapping ritual
Tapping with bamboo is an ancient Chinese therapy that works wonders for your general wellbeing
INalled ‘pai sha’, tapping is a simple, pleasurable, yet hugely effective way to support and maintain your health, no matter what your age or physical state. Tapping the skin with a bamboo brush on a daily basis enables the free flow of this all-important circulation. In as little as one minute a day, an all-over body tap can clear areas of stagnation, support lymphatic drainage and encourage a smooth flow of blood and Qi around the body.
We have many lymph nodes in the abdomen, so it’s particularly good to focus around this area. In Chinese medicine, tapping the abdomen supports the vital organs, which control the overall health of the body. In addition, tapping on the anterior elbow supports the heart and lung, while tapping on the armpit supports the liver and tapping on the hip joint space connects with the spleen.
Perform the ritual briskly and firmly to invigorate your senses and enliven the skin. If you wish to relax, perform it gently and slowly to release tension and unwind. This technique should take anywhere between one and five minutes to practise.