Luk Tung Kuen is a simple exercise with 36 movements. Each movement is simple to learn. Most of the movements are to the count of ten. Beginners can easily learn them with a few repeated repetitions.
It is very important not to change the sequence of the movements in order to reap the full benefit of the exercise. It is also important to remember to have the correct posture – standing tall and always returning to the upright position, hands and fingers are extended or stretched out, feet apart only as wide as your shoulders. One should call out the counts as it is beneficial to the respiratory system and also keep the momentum going. You will find that each exercise will lead to the next one as it follows the anatomy of the body – from the hand to the waist to the arms to the leg and to the head.
After the exercise, you should feel a surge of energy and become more limber. Some movements have a self-administered massage effect and can help to relax the muscles and bring relief to the nervous system. The health benefits are many.
- The controlled movement regulates the cardiac muscles which facilitates and improves blood circulation.
- The stretching of extremities tightens abdominal muscles, and improves the elasticity of the joints in your hands and fingers.
- The hand movement stimulates the acupoints which in-turn stimulates the function of the brain, heart, kidneys, shoulder, arms, fingers and central nervous system.