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Introduction to Baoding Balls

Baoding Balls are more than just your average stress balls. They are an invention with a deep oriental history of chi merged with the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. Older than the Great Wall of China, their popularity is still growing around the world due to the many benefits they provide for the mind, body, and environment. 

For the Mind – When your mind is stressed out, you have trouble focusing and relaxing. Stress can cause you to age faster and the effects on your health are very negative.  Baoding balls are unique because the way you use them is very rhythmic and relaxing. Rotating the balls is very calming and releases healthy energy by stimulating acupressure points. Baoding balls also can have musical chimes, when rotated, produce a pleasant melody helping you meditate achieving zen and harmony.

For the Healthy Body – In our modern world, baoding balls for the body is likely more relevant today than before. Our daily lives task our body with repetitive motions. Joints and muscles risk injury by overuse when working at our desks and doing other activities. This has lead to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, arthritis,  nerve damage, etc. Baoding balls stretches the tendons and muscles and works the muscles in balance so one muscle is not overused. The motion of the exercise increases circulation and reduces inflammation on the nerves. Baoding balls also incorporate the healing effects of Chinese medicine by targeting the meridians of your hand. These elements can be explored further on our website.

For the Stronger Body – Just as there are baoding balls great for stress management, baoding balls are also made for strength and hand coordination. In ancient times they would use stone or iron balls to build hand and arm strength. It was often used with martial arts. Today, stone balls still exist with iron balls replaced by the more popular steel balls. People greatly interested to build strength and dexterity would start with 2 balls and increase the speed or the number of balls they could work with. There are methods and techniques to go beyond 5 balls in one hand. It really is amazing.

For Long Life and Longevity – The longest living emperor of China, emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, attributed his long life to his daily practice with baoding balls. They were prescribed by his personal doctor and the results were a leading reason for the spread of the practice. A healthier mind and body will be beneficial to your longevity and lower stress will keep you feeling younger.

For the Environment – Baoding balls can be a work of art, often given as gifts to elders. These baoding balls are painstakingly hand designed by craftsmen featuring beautiful cloisonne artwork and hand painted artistry. Another technique is by hand engraving elegant designs on metal balls. They are functional and beautiful to look at. Similarly, baoding balls made from gemstones such as jade can be a stunning and eye-catching piece to your surroundings while bringing in the positive metaphysical energy of the gemstone. Keeping one of these kinds of baoding balls is like adding a piece of art to your environment while being functional at the same time. As in feng shui, beauty triggers positive feelings and positive changes. 

We hope this introduction has sparked your interest to experience baoding balls and how they can benefit you. Learn more about baoding balls on our website, blog, and from the different types of balls we carry. Get started today!

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