Picture of hand refusing cigarettes

Baoding Balls May Help You Quit Smoking

I’ve noticed several customers have purchased baoding balls as an aide to help quit smoking. They either purchased them themselves or a loving friend bought them as a gift for someone trying to quit. Several customers have successfully quit smoking and told us baoding balls helped them. While quitting smoking is hard, it does make sense baoding balls can be a tool to combat the urge to smoke.

Keep the Hands Busy

We had several people tell us they wanted something to keep their hands busy. Smokers have developed a lifetime habit of holding an object in their hands and moving it back and forth from their mouth. Like cracking your knuckles, you’re just used to doing it all the time. Baoding balls can possibly replace that habit with another so you don’t feel the need to hold a cigarette.

Distract the Mind from Cravings

While you work with baoding balls, your mind is focused on the balls. An idle mind leads to cravings, but a busy mind will be less likely to. Ever been so busy you forgot to eat lunch?

It’s Calming and Good for Stress

Another reason baoding balls can assist in quitting smoking is the calming and stress reliving effects. Nicotine withdrawal causes anxiety and stress and something to help combat those feelings can help.

There’s no cure for smoking, and maybe you have tried before to quit. While Smokefree.gov has a more complete guide on quitting, they do recommend keeping your hands busy and staying relaxed among other tips. Keep trying, have a plan, and don’t give up.

Person wrapping gift

A Gift That People Will Remember You By

We have all been there, trying to figure out what to get that someone who’s hard to shop for. They are too picky to shop for or they already have everything. Every year we buy them something and goes in the closet never to be seen again or consumed and forgotten. How about something that is unique, beautiful, and also useful? We have many people that buy baoding balls as gifts and they do make great gifts!

People Will Remember Your Gift

Do you remember what gift you received a year ago for that special occasion? Someone once told me they re-gifted a present back to the person that gave it to them by accident because the gift wasn’t memorable. It sure was an awkward situation.

Baoding Balls are an item people will want to display and keep close reminding them them of you each time. Here are some of the comments we have received from our customers about baoding balls and how they remembered them:

I received them as a gift. I liked them so much that I am buying them as gifts and a larger pair for more advanced baoding ball techniques.” – John C.

I received a gift of these from our foreign exchange student when I was young. Now I want to use them for health and relaxation.” – Samantha M.

Had a set years ago given as a gift.” – John B.

I remember my grandparents use to have a set when I were a child and I was hooked to the soothing sound.” – Keandrea R.

When I was a child I remember going to an arcade on a school trip and one of the prizes at the arcade was a pair of boading balls and I always wanted some.” – Jessica H.

My step dad had these when I was growing up. I remember them being very soothing.” – Lisa S.

My grandmother (MIMI) would get me these when i was a child and i found them online. She past away and i want something to remember her forever and always.” – Maranda K.

When my grandson was a little boy he played with my chime balls. Through the years, we have lost track of them. We were working in the yard and he mentioned them. So I surprised him with his own. Still relaxing to use.” – Mamie W.

With many more similar examples, it’s easy to see people remember seeing the uniqueness of baoding balls and the soothing effect they had.

What Makes A Good Gift?

Advice from behavioral economist Dan Ariely at Duke university said a good gift has two characteristics. First, a good gift would be something a person wouldn’t buy for themselves. We often want things, but would feel guilty about buying it for ourselves. Secondly, a good gift will keep reminding that person about your love for them.

For example, massages, chocolates, and flowers are nice but they come and go. They won’t remind them about you after they are consumed. Gifts people keep and use make you part of their lives for a long time.

Another study they did found that most people didn’t take much risks buying gifts for fear they may not like it such as giving a bottle of wine which will be consumed and forgotten. However, the same study showed people wished and preferred the other person gave them more risky gifts. It shows people you are thinking of them and tells them there is something they have never experienced before and you thought they would benefit from it. It’s a gift of something new in life they get to try out to learn if they like it or not.

Consider Baoding Balls as Your Next Gift

Baoding balls have a use for everyone. Introduce them to the exercise and give them the gift of lower stress, healthier hands, and relaxation. It’s a gift they will keep and display as a reminder of your love and thoughtfulness for them for years to come.

Dentist working on patient

Baoding Balls can Improve your Career

Are you an future surgeon, dentist, or musician? Many careers like these require skillful manual dexterity, the ability to use your hands in a coordinated way to grab and manipulate objects and perform small precise movements.

As one example, the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) has a section that specifically tests manual dexterity because dentists must work on in a small area with precision. Fine hand-eye coordination is needed to keep patients safe. The American Dental Education Association explains that they test this to make sure people will enjoy doing this work for long hours and not get frustrated as dental school can be very expensive.

While dentistry is an obvious career that needs good manual dexterity, there are many other careers that manual dexterity is important. Just some of these jobs were listed as needing manual dexterity:

  • Millwrights
  • Surgeons
  • Sewers
  • Explosive Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanics
  • Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
  • Iron and Steel Workers
  • Upholsterers
  • Automotive Specialty Technicians
  • Massage Therapists
  • Electrical Installers
  • Jewelers
  • Robot Technicians
  • Plumbers

  • Farm Equipment Mechanics
  • Patternmakers
  • Home Installers
  • Oral Surgeons
  • Dentists
  • Aircraft Mechanics
  • Motorcycle Mechanics
  • Cabinetmakers
  • Hairdressers
  • Tree Trimmers
  • Cement Masons
  • Tire Changers
  • Construction Workers
  • Carpenters

Building manual dexterity can have a positive effect on your job. Manual dexterity is important for many jobs we often don’t realize. In one case of a previous customer, the large oil company ConocoPhillips needed many baoding balls to train dexterity for their workers in Alaska.

Some employers use this tweezer dexterity test to test workers for hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity. Just one example of many dexterity tests around which have standardized and statistical scoring of how well you perform.

Using baoding balls is just one way to build and improve dexterity. Other ways to refine manual dexterity are activities such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, jewelry making, knitting, cross-stitching, and playing an instrument. By doing these things, you can advance your skills in your career and enjoy what you do for a living for many years to come.

Performing arts with baoding balls

Baoding Ball Performing Arts

You probably have seen the posters for Shen Yun at sometime, a performing arts group that celebrates 5000 years of cultural dance and song from China. You might be surprised to know that there are also cultural performing arts of dance and baoding spinning. Here we take a look at a group performing dance with baoding balls.

Baoding balls are thousands of years old and a piece China’s ancient heritage. As one of the 3 treasures of Baoding, China, the performers dance with the baoding balls to show its significance in their culture and history.

Man doing tai chi with baoding balls

Tai Chi Routine with Baoding Balls

This Tai Chi instructor shows you several Tai Chi movements using baoding balls. If you practice Tai Chi, you can learn these movements and incorporate baoding balls into your own Tai Chi exercises.

This routine has five sections. Some moves have names which are shown in parenthesis.

Part 1: Individual

0:00 – Start from the beginning in a relaxed state.

Rotate balls and extend arm forward.

Turn body 180 degrees.

Switch extended arm.

Turn back around and extend both arms in opposite directions (Show wings and fly).

Turn body 180 degrees and switch arms.

Return to resting position (Drop wings and return to nest).


Part 2: Flying Phoenix

0:27 – Start from relaxed state.

Turn and squat with arms extended and hands above each other (Phoenix in the tree catching the wind).

Turn around standing with right arm stretched high and left arm low (Climb tree and open wings).

Turn around and lean to one side with arms extended and one hand above the other (Phoenix laying on tree branch observing the view).

Turn around with left arm stretched high and right arm low (100 birds bowing to the phoenix).

Return to resting position.


Part 3: Peacock with Open Wings

0:44 – Start from relaxed state.

Quarter turn and squat with right hand above the left against the body (Peacock go home).

Turn around and stretch arms above the head (Open wings for competition).

Turn around and lean left with right hand below left hand (Climb to top and rest).

Turn around and stretch arms above the head again (Whole yard full bloom).

Return to resting position.


Part 4: Rooster Crowing

1:03 – Start from relaxed state.

Right foot extend forward and cross arms across body with left arm behind you (Rooster crowing).

Turn around and switch foot and arms (Shake wings and change position).

Stand on one leg and move balls forward and then backwards (Golden rooster standing).

Turn around and stand on one leg and move balls forward and then to the side with open arms.

Return to resting position.

Part 5: Sun and Moon Shining Together

1:24 – Start from resting position.

Arms together and bend down moving hands in a circular motion forward and then backward.

Move arms behind you and then to the side.

Stand up and stretch arms forward.

Stretch arms above your head with your head lifted up and leaning back.

Return to resting position.

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