Practicing ZZ is a physical training i.e. applying to one's body external conditioning.
It is in fact this external conditioning of the body which creates the exopathic factors that brings up changes in its physiological functions, we call it, to simplify, internal conditioning.
From external it becomes internal, we can also say that from quantitative (external training) it becomes qualitative (internal changes), later it will change from qualitative to quantitative, and so on, developing incessant cycles.
It is precisely through this cycling process which will lead patient to recover and regain a stronger body.
This physical conditioning method is highly subjective (in the sense -"perceived by the patient and not by the examiner"), involving himself to this progressive internal enhancement as a proven effective healing method for chronic diseases.
It comes with what I call the "Second kinetics physical training" and this involves simultaneously mental and physical development. (I will develop this subject further in this book).
When we are normally standing, our heart rate is normally between 60 to 80 beats per minute, our respiration rate between 12 to 18 breaths per minute, these are invariable numbers corresponding to a resting sate. We are going to start with these values to initiate our study on the relationship between quantitive changes and qualitative changes in the body (generated by ZZ).
Human body just assuming an ordinary standing cannot increase neither pulse rate nor breathing rate: clinical measurements will prove unchanging values.
But if you assume ZZ, joints in your whole should keep fixed angles to assure your body to be stable and balanced. Under this condition, each part of the body is submitted to a fixed force (gravitation force), so skeletal muscles are requested for more work out (contraction/relaxation) compared with ordinary standing.
As we said before ZZ provides a physical conditioning (external change)
which will bring out change in internal body such as changes in physiological functions, in a word ZZ helps to shift from a resting state into a dynamic physical training estate, from resting estate into stimulated estate, that is what I call quantitative changes.
Let's take an example: Before training and in resting conditions your heat rate is 74 bpm and respiration rate is 19 bpm, now assume ZZ and bend your knees so that your total height is 3 cm less that in ordinary standing (straight knees) after 40 minutes you will reach 106 bpm heart rate and 30 bpm respiration rate. So by just tuning your bending knee angle and the time of standing position, it results clear responses from your heart and respiration: external conditioning has been changed into internal conditioning which I call qualitative changes.
Space (joint angle) and time are both quantitative parameters which are combined in the same physical training, defining its amount of physical training.
We have already explained that amount of physical efforts required should be set up according to the practitioner physical condition. We know also that this amount of physical efforts required in ZZ may vary with the improvement of his condition.
Then it becomes clear how important is to set up constantly new values of angles and standing time if you want to continue to benefit from these internal changes.
For example after half month practicing post standing with two legs bent (total height minus 3 cm), from the normal pulse rate and respiration rate of 68 bpm and 18 bpm respectively, after your 40 minutes training session your heart rate will reach 89 bpm and your respiration 22 bpm. These tangible changes in heart rate and respiration rate, qualitative changes are turning into quantitative changes.
The improvement of one's physical condition may appear in the very beginning of your training program rather imperceptible, let's say microscopic but already significant changes in term of physiological functions which can at that only perceive under specialized and very accurate medical instrumentation.
Then it is only after sufficient amount of these changes that the quantitative may appear.
To put it simple, physical (condition) change occurs through modification of physical efforts during ZZ practice and its hard cumulating process.
According to Friedrich Engels (1820-1895):
"...qualitative changes can only occur by the quantitative addition or subtraction of matter or motion (so-called energy).
Hence it is impossible to alter the quality of a body without addition or subtraction of matter or motion, i.e. without quantitative alteration of the body concerned..."
Here matter is your physical body, quality is your physical condition, quantity is the amount of physical efforts (exopathic factors) you are submitted and the heart/respiration rates (internal causes). After practicing ZZ all these "quantitative" can be accurately measured. When post standing and practice technique this quantity is could accurate measured.
ZZ gives you the ability to recover from disease and to gain better health, changing from a weak body into a strong one, from "pathological" to "physiologically correct", changing from quantitative into qualitative, from qualitative into quantitative, these cycles leading you to enhance the internal physical condition.
But even after a long time of practice it doesn't mean that a weak body condition is gone forever: for example the exopathic factor changes again i.e. you stop practicing ZZ then this will influence again your internal body, this time your health will regress.
The message is that one's should constantly take care of his "exopathic factor". i.e. practice ZZ, bringing to the body the relevant amount of physical effort, in the same time, regenerating and strengthen your body.
In fact you should constantly monitor the "accommodation" factor of your physical condition, once you've reached a certain level of practice for a certain bending angle in a certain posture of ZZ, your heart rate will not increase, and in the same time your respiration rate will also not increase, in some cases they will even be lower than in original resting rates.
At this time it is important to increase again the level of physical effort which you are submitting your body: from 2 cm bending angle increase progressively to 4, 6, 8, 10 cm or more.or can also increase your second kinetics training: more contraction/relaxation cycles under mental supervision: this will invariably bring your pulse and respiration rates to increase then decrease, and increase again then decrease again and so on. The same cycling phenomena for sensation of pain: first pain then no pain, later pain again and later no pain again.
Translated into Engels's formulation, it is your body manifesting quantitative change then qualitative change, later quantitative change and later again qualitative change.
This is the truly message of progressive method, allowing your body to digest, integrate and develop its healing and strengthening abilities: your body will pass progressively from low-level to high level manifestation, bringing in the same time from basic up to sophisticated abilities (which will be described later in this book).
I call it the "High quality training method by degree increment". See Table 1-2.
High quality Zhan Zhuang training method by degree increment
Increase ^ maintain ^ increase ^ increase
Pulse and breathe
Increase ^ reduce ^ increase ^ reduce
Human body reaction
Pain ^ no pain ^ pain ^ no pain
Quantitative change ^ qualitative change ^ quantitative change ^ qualitative change
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