Dr. Tae Yun Kim (author, CEO, motivational speaker, 10th Degree Tae Kwon Do “Great Grandmaster” and founder of Jung SuWon), often lectures and gives guidance on how to reduce stress, how to overcome bad habits, how to generate/maintain a positive attitude, and how to develop better relationships in your life.
The following exercise, Dr. Kim has shared in her lectures, is a seemly simple but very effective way to dispel stress and also balance and energize yourself.
What is this powerful exercise that can help us reduce our stress and feel more balanced?
Its free! It’s easy! It’s —
Clapping our hands!
Yes! You read that right … clapping our hands!
Why does clapping our hands help us to reduce stress?
Dr. Tae Yun Kim explained that while humans have thousands of energy points throughout our bodies, we have 13 main or major energy points – and two of them are on our palms. Because our palms are major energy points, a good, simple and quick exercise any of us can easily do, anywhere, anytime, to help shake up or break up stressful energy and better balance our energy whenever we feel stressed or overwhelmed – is stimulate those energy points. And clapping is an excellent way to do just that.
For those who are not sure just how to do this, or ho much or for how long, Dr. Kim shared theses three specific clapping exercises –
1) Clap your hands and palms together, 20, 30, 50 times – just like you normally clap.
2) Clap just the heels of your hands together 20, 30, 0r 50 times. This is a good exercise, also, if you are in a place where you don’t have the freedom to make a lot of noise while clapping.
3) Tap just our finger tips together 20, 30, or 50 times. Tap each fingertip against its matching fingertip on your other hand, all five pairs of fingers at the same time. Dr. Tae Yun Kim also shared that tapping your fingertips together is an especially good exercise if you use your hands to help heal or work with other people because it also helps build your own energy.