Zhan Zhuang for women

Unlike some exercise systems, which treat women and men differently, Zhan Zhuang can be practised in exactly the same way by both sexes. Because of a woman's child-bearing capacity, there are some special circumstances in her life where Zhan Zhuang exercises can be of particular help — before and during menstrual periods and in connection with childbirth.

THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE The menstrual cycle causes major changes in a woman's body every month. Many women experience pain during their periods, and tension beforehand, and suffer from irregularity of the whole cycle. The practice of both Ba Duan Jin and Zhan Zhuang exercises has been shown to make a marked improvement in the cycle. Periods become much more regular. The pain is eased. The premenstrual days are far less tense and difficult. The whole flow of energy in the woman's body is strengthened and regulated as it adjusts to the hormonal and internal physical changes at these points in the month.

BA DUAN JIN

If you experience a lot of period pain, try the following three exercises when the pain occurs. Begin with the first Ba Duan Jin exercise: Supporting the Sky with Both Hands Regulates all Internal Organs. This is described on pages 66 to 67. Then, do the second Ba Duan Jin exercise: Drawing a Bow to Each Side. This is explained on pages 68 to 69. Finish with the eighth Ba Duan Jin exercise: Shaking the Body Wards Off all Illnesses, described on page 80. The effect of these three exercises is to adjust the position of all the internal organs and to release accumulated tension.

Zhan Zhuang Exercises

1. The first Ba Duan Jin exercise, Supporting the Sky with Both Hands Regulates all Internal Organs, will help ease period pains.

1. The first Ba Duan Jin exercise, Supporting the Sky with Both Hands Regulates all Internal Organs, will help ease period pains.

2. After the first Ba Duan Jin exercise, do the second: Drawing a Bow to Each Side Resembles Shooting an Eagle.

3. Finally, the eighth Ba Duan Jin exercise, Shaking the Body Wards Off all Illnesses, completes the sequence for easing the pains.

3. Finally, the eighth Ba Duan Jin exercise, Shaking the Body Wards Off all Illnesses, completes the sequence for easing the pains.

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