In traditional Chinese culture, chi or qi is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi literally means breath or air or gas, and figuratively as material energy, life force or energy flow. They believe that when this energy flow is interrupted or blocked with something, diseases can attack the body. By practicing proper breathing you will increase the flow of chi in your body and your organism will function perfectly.
The paths that the air passes through the body are called meridians. Like every meditation technique, these meridians have their pressure points and by massaging these points will help you release the tension that you feel. Pushing and holding the point draws qi into the channel to rejuvenate the organ.
They believe that in order to improve your health, mood and organs all you need is a cube of ice, that should be placed in a specific point on the neck. The point is located between the tendons in the back of the neck, at the base of the skull and the top of the neck. This is called Feng Fu or Wind Mansion.
How to position yourself?
You can sit or lay on your stomach and place a cube of ice on the point said above. You should hold to that position for 20 minutes. At first, you may not be comfortable with the cold feeling, but after a minute you will start to feel the place heating.
You can repeat this technique in the morning and prior to bed to stimulate the release of endorphins into the blood stream and create energy. According to Chinese medicine, this practice can bring back and maintain physiological balance, while invigorating, strengthening and stimulating the body. Routine activation of the Feng Fu point is also thought to:
- Improve the quality of sleep
- Enhance the digestion system
- Stop frequent colds
- Reduction in headache, toothache and joint discomfort
- Enhance breathing
- Treat gastrointestinal issues
- Manage thyroid disorders
- Assist with asthma
- Help in the relief of arthritis
- Manage menstrual conditions
- Assist handle tension, tiredness and depression
- Helps PMS
It should be kept in mind that this technique is not recommended if you have a pacemaker, are pregnant, or have epilepsy or schizophrenia. Have a look at the video listed below for more information about utilizing the ice technique to stimulate your body by promoting the Feng Fu point.
In this video below, you can see how it’s done with an ice bag headband: