Video: Qi Self Massage

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KAP Instructor Paul Densmore recently filmed this webcam video of a powerfully balancing self-massage series to break up congested qi and blood in the body, improving emotional balance, digestion, and more… Great daily practice for anyone, but especially useful for cultivators doing internal alchemy practices like Dr. Glenn J. Morris’s Improved Kundalini Awakening Process…

It gets the blood and breath energy moving before practice, and releases any congestion upon completion of practice…

You can find Paul’s latest classes on the KAP class schedule as soon as he posts them,
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Video Transcription:

All right. So hopefully fourth time is the charm for this video. My camera froze the other three times. So, I switched devices, and hopefully this will work out better. Yes, crazy hair [points at hair] already covered that.

Now, the topic for this video will be a new form and it’s not new, but one that you may not have encountered before. A form of chi self massage that utilizes parts of the body that don’t often get assimilated into the process, and those are the toes and the fingers.

So we’re going to work with those and this is a good overall tonic for the body. This will not only work the tendons but also you know pretty much anytime you work with the feet or the palms or the toes or the fingers, you’re working with the blood, helping clean, clear the passage of the blood, and also will show imbalances in the body.

For instance if you feel a degree of pain — now you’re going to feel, you should feel some degree of discomfort in all of these and you don’t want to hurt yourself. You don’t want to be a masochist or a sadist. Since you’re doing it to yourself, I guess you’d be both the sadist and the masochist.

You don’t want to hurt yourself as a rule, but sometimes you will notice that there will be more pain than at other times, or discomfort or what have you. And that basically shows imbalances within the body so you can get out your reflexology charts and what have you and, you know, line up those areas, figure out what’s going on, continue doing this process that will help balance it out but you might also want to do some more specific practices designed for, you know, that area.

Okay? So we’ll start — you can start anywhere you want, but I like to start with the right foot, and of course I’m going to start with the big toe.

The first thing that I’m going to do — and there are basically three movements to each toe and finger, and they’re pretty much all the same. The fingers are a little bit different. We’ll get into that, but the basic movements are you — and I’m going to use a three-count hold for these.

You can use three, five, seven, ten. However long you want to, but one of the beauties of these systems is that it’s quick so that you can do it every morning. No matter how little time you think you have you can wake up in the morning and do it. I don’t do it as often as I should so you might actually hear me scream, occasionally.

So the first thing that you want to do is grab your toe and pull up, up towards the top of your foot. As far as it’ll go. So I’m using both hands, got a good, tight grip and just pulling it up. Okay.

And that was a three-count hold. Now I’m pulling down towards the sole so I’ve got one hand pulling down at the top, cranking down, and then the other hand is going to come in and at this bottom joint basically push the toe so it gets a little extra stretched out.

You think that this would be a little more limber since I’ve already done this three times in failed videos.

All right, now the last one: you want to take both sides of the toe or the finger as we’ll see and line up with the bottom of the nail, okay? And then squeeze in on the sides of the bottom of the nail. Basically right at the top of that joint, that first joint okay?


And you can see my face get a little more serious. That’s discomfort. Sometimes I might actually, you know, scream. So moving on up. Down. Squeezing in, moving on to the next toe. Same process. I’m just going to go through this quick.

That toe’s not so bad…three…second thought…squeezing in. Next toe, up. Down. Up.

And the last ones usually the funny one. Because it keeps wanting to wiggle around. Okay good. All right, now this is the part where my camera keeps turning off so hopefully with this device it won’t freeze. But um what you want to do is you’ve got your Achilles tendon running on the back, and then you’ve got your ankle, and you’ll notice that there will be a part on the ankle where it kind of widens and comes to a point in the back.

And draw a line from there to the Achilles tendon, and sq—pinch in behind the Achilles tendon so that you’re actually kind of pinching and lifting. And then, in any place on the Achilles tendon will work. That’s just the most optimal place.

Squeezing on the Achilles tendon for three. All right moving on. Other side.

Again, same process. Puling up [on the toe]. Pulling down. Squeezing on the nail. [Next toe] pulling up. Down. Now of course I’m going through this quickly but, you know, if this were my actual process I probably would be paying a little more attention to those ouchie points.

All right. Up. Down. Squeezing.

Again, coming back to the Achilles tendon. Lining up. Pinching in. It’s worse than the other side.

Okay, moving on to the hands. It’s pretty much going to be the same process only the main difference will be — okay so we’ll go ahead and we’ll pull up — I like to lay my hand somewhat flat while I’m doing this. I’ll start with the thumb.

With the thumb you’ll kinda want to pull up and back toward the wrist. Because if you just yank up on it and it’s not going in line with the rest of the bones, I find that it doesn’t get as much of — it’s not as beneficial.

So now, here’s where the process will get a little bit different with the fingers. Instead of just pulling down, what you wanna do is sort of make a three corner box with your finger. Okay? So you’re going to… do you see? You’re going to lay this one flat, have this one going down 90 degree, and then having another 90 degree pointing back.

And then when you’ve got that made, then you’re going to squeeze in. I like to use the second joint there, and squeeze in, making sure that or squeeze the tip back towards there you go. So again starting with a thumb, squeeze it back. Ah.

Same process, bottom of the nail top of the joint, squeeze for three.

I find that with the fingers that often hurts a little bit more. All right, so pulling it up. Making my three corner box. Bending the point back. And you can even again take that second knuckle,. Kind of give a little extra squeeze. All right. Then finding bottom of the nail. Top of the joint. Squeezing. All right. Let’s go a little bit quicker. Up. Three corner box. All right. Mmm.

Pulling up. Mmm. Three corner box. Mmm. Okay. Squeezing at the bottom. Okay.

Now the difference here, as well instead of the Achilles tendon: we’re going to come inbetween the thumb and the index finger and we’re basically going to find the fleshy point all right. So we’re not pulling in on this skin here.

We’re coming up until we feel a little bit of the tendon inbetween those tendons basically. And squeezing down. Okay good. All right. Moving on to the next one. I’ll start with the thumb. And you don’t have to go in any particular order in this. I’m just doing it for um, you know, so it looks good, Ow.

Going up. Squeezing down. Squeezing bottom. Up. Three corner box. Three sides of the box. Three-pointer box would probably be a misnomer. So if anybody feels like calling me on that go right ahead.

Three-sided box like shape. Bottom of the nail. Squeezing in on both sides. Ouch. And I noticed…hold on.

And again, in the fleshy part here. All right. Now I noticed, one of the things I’ve noticed, my wife and I don’t really wear our rings anymore, we’ve lost weight and so our rings don’t really fit well anymore. But um, and we haven’t gotten them adjusted.

We’re kind of unconventional you know, our marriage stands whether we have the rings on or not. But since I don’t wear my ring anymore, this finger hurts a lot less when I do that. Even if when I would take the ring off, that kind of constraint, I suppose, on the meridians that run through there.

So you basically just flushed out all your meridians, and your tendons, and everything and you should feel a little relaxed, feel good, the blood should feel better, you should feel a little lighter, and if not repeat the process, you know. You can do this — if you’re starting out do it morning, do it night. It helps you sleep. It helps you feel energized in the morning and helps you sleep at night.

Go figure that one out. It works with the circadian rhythms. So and if you’ve only got time, do it once a day. Do it as often as you can. As often as you feel you need to. All right hope that helps out guys and that’s my spiel for the day. I will come back I’m going to do a series of these videos with a different chi self massage techniques. Not necessarily the one that we used in KAP if you want that one you can take the class, but umm some that are good for general health and wellbeing. All right. Signing off. Aloha.

Transcription by Spencer Stevens