Chinese Health Balls
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.
What do Health Balls look like?
They come in a pair. They are usually gorgeously decorated with exotic designs and are often deemed as delightful little pieces of art. They are wear resistant, the design does not come off and they are not easily breakable. The balls are generally heavy and within each is bell mechanism that produces a lovely and therapeutic sound while exercising. They come in different sizes to match the size of one's hand - usually the size of a golf ball. The pair I have comes in a gorgeous little box that is wrapped in Chinese silk embroidery.
What are the benefits?
According to the traditional Chinese theory of "jungluo", there are various acupuncture points in the palm of one's hand. When exercising with the balls, the acupuncture points are stimulated. This promotes greater health.
- stimulates blood circulation
- improves memory
- relaxes muscles and joints
- relieving joint stiffness and soreness
- relieving stress
- promoting sleep
How to use?
Hold both balls in one palm. Move, twist and stretch your fingers in sequence so that the balls rotate either clockwise or anti-clockwise. You may exercise both hands in alteration or both at a time (with two pairs) and when more experienced is gained, you may use more than one pair of balls per palm.
Where do I purchase Health Balls?
This is subjective to which part of the world you come from. I live in Singapore and it is widely available here as majority of the population is Chinese. However, I bought my Chinese Health Balls from Melbourne, Australia at a flea market called "Queen Victoria Market" in the City. You have a good chance of finding health balls in Chinatown of your country. Some shops which focus on natural and herbal healing may also have health balls in stock. Good luck!