The Qi Face Washing Exercise is designed to stimulate blood circulation throughout our face, unblock stagnations, and remove toxin build-ups. This exercise will tone the entire facial muscle groups, clear the complexion, and prevent wrinkles.
First, wash your face and hands clean. Apply some amount of facial lotion, cream, or oil on the face and hands. Then place the palms together and rub them briskly. The suggested number of times of rubbing is 36 back and forth movements. You will feel heat in your palms as Qi develops between the palms.
Next, place both hands with fingers along side your nose. Move your hands upward (fingers gently pressing on the face), pass the eyes and forehead, to the frontal hairline. Once you reach the hairline, move downward all the way to the chin. Your thumbs will actually pass over your ears. Again, begin at the chin and move along side the nose, over the eyes to forehead, and move downward to the chin. Do this sweeping motion lightly across the face 36 times. Make sure you touch the whole face when you move up and down on the face.
I was told that to see a real impact, you’ve got to do it 36 days in a row (Number 9 carries a special meaning in Taoism, therefore 36 which is 9 times 4 is recommended), although I still do not understand deeper meanings of number 36.
I’ve tried this exercise myself, and it took about 5 minutes all together. Not too bad for a free anti-aging skin care.
All parts of our bodies are important, but there’s no doubt that our face is the most important feature of our sense of “self.” In acupuncture theories, meridians of the six “hollow–meaning it’s empty inside” organs go through our faces: stomach, small intestine, large intestine, bladder, gallbladder, and triple heater. In addition, two central meridians, Governing vessel and Conception vessel, show on the face.
Furthermore, all of our “solid” organs are internally-externally connected and reflected on our faces. These include: the kidneys, the liver, the heart, the lungs, and the spleen. Therefore, all of our solid and hollow organs, and two central meridians are being reflected on our faces. That’s why taking care of our face will not only enhance facial appearances, but can improve all of our internal organs’ functions.
Over the years, I’ve treated many patients with facial acupuncture. Sure, facial acupuncture is very effective in restoring youthful appearance, reducing deep wrinkles, and tightening the jowl lines. But the cost and time is usually out of reach for the majority of people. A few months ago, an acupuncturist friend in California introduced me to the Qi Face Washing Exercise. Allegedly, this exercise is an ancient secret used by Taoist monks and warriors in keeping their youth.
It’s simple and easy to do, costs nothing, and the results are quite impressive. Not only it enhances one’s facial appearance, it can reduce chronic headaches, resolve dry eye issues, and regulate of hormonal imbalance. If you are interested in an easy and free method in making your face look younger and healthier, there’s no reason not to try this Qi Facial Washing Exercise.