Chinese Health Ball
Health Balls were made roughly 2000 years ago in China. They used to be used for martial arts training. Eventually, it was solely for the us of the Imperial family. Today, health balls are a treasured necessity for Chinese people. It helps to build up strength and to promote health.
Baoding balls (literally “Baoding physical exercise balls”) are also known as Chinese exercise balls, Chinese meditation balls, Chinese medicine balls, and healthy balls. They are a traditional product of Baoding, China, thought to have been created during the Ming dynasty. Two or more Baoding balls are rotated repetitively in the hand to improve manual dexterity and strength, and they are also said to assist in injury recovery.
How to Use Baoding Balls
Chinese baoding balls are designed to relieve stress and can also increase your fingers’ strength and flexibility. Also known as harmony balls and therapy balls, they are made of metal and often contain chimes inside. If you have excess anxiety or if you want to strengthen your fingers for activities such as playing the guitar, try spinning a pair of baoding balls and see what happens.
Hold two baoding balls in the fingers of one hand. Depending on the size of the balls relative to your hand, one may rest between the bottom two digits of your index and middle fingers, with the other resting between your pinkie and ring fingers.
Spin the balls clockwise — if you’re right-handed — by pushing one ball into your palm with your index finger and thumb while pushing the other ball toward your middle finger with your pinkie and ring fingers.
Spread your pinkie and ring fingers apart and allow the ball in your palm to slide between those two fingers, while simultaneously moving your index finger to the right to permit the other ball to finish sliding between your middle and index fingers.
Continue practicing the basic rotation until you can do so smoothly, with the balls making as little noise as possible.
Spin the balls as smoothly and rapidly as you can in one direction, then reverse direction quickly and continue twirling the balls, trying to avoid excessive contact. Repeat the moves with your other hand or, if you’re truly advanced, use two pairs of balls and perform your spins simultaneously with both hands.
Spin the balls while holding three at a time. Try spinning them in a circular motion, with each ball traveling along the perimeter, or keep one ball relatively still and spin the other two balls around the stable ball in the center.
Grasp seven balls in both of your hands. Keep the sides of your hands in contact as you rotate six balls around the perimeter, with one ball resting in the middle of your cupped hands.
Hold three balls, then slide all three in a weaving motion between your two hands. For example, start one ball on the far right, slide it into the middle while the middle ball slides to the right, then slide the new middle ball to the far left, with the original left-side ball rolling into the middle of your hands.