Standing Zen as Qigong

Why does Standing Zen—a standing position in which the waist is held low—have such a great effect, despite being initially painful?

Standing Zen is not easy at first. Your thighs and your knees will hurt. Your arms may begin to feel like iron weights; after a while, your abdomen or your back may start hurting at well. Many parts of your body will ache, and you will be inclined to stop sooner rather than later. But remember, even though it may seem like a constant struggle, in fact your subconsciousness gradually makes your muscles adapt. From the point of view of kinesiology, your muscles contract when you maintain one posture for a long period. The increased fatigue caused by the strain on your muscles will definitely make you feel a certain amount of pain. If you have strong muscles, you will be able to avoid fatigue. This reliance on physical strength is the basis of Western weight training. But in Standing Zen, you train the motor center

Stand Strong Zen

Figure of the brain to hold your muscles in a contracted state. It means that you are also training the signal processing system that encompasses the nerve cells of the brain, the spinal cord, and the muscles (Figure 14-2).

MA = Motor area H = Hypothalamus SB = Small brain

Figure 14-2

Standing Zen training versus weight training.

MA = Motor area H = Hypothalamus SB = Small brain

Figure 14-2

Standing Zen training versus weight training.

Standing Qigong

Goal of Standing Zen training: Development of the signal processing system

Muscle

Goal of weight training: Muscle development

Goal of Standing Zen training: Development of the signal processing system

Muscle

To be brief, while weight training strengthens the "motor," Standing Zen strengthens the "electric current" and the "electric line" in order to obtain increased power from the "motor." In the laboratory, stimulation of the synapse circuits and nerve muscular junctions is known to make nerve information flow more smoothly. This is called the phenomenon of facilitation.

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