Swinging outward Swinging inward Swinging outward Swinging with wings in between Elephant Swinging Tunnel Swinging
Move Side to Side
Swing outwardly
Repeat 3-5 times
Move Side to Side
Swing inwardly
Repeat 3-5 times
Move Side to Side
Swing outwardly
Repeat 3-5 times
Form Wings in the Middle
Arms fly down to front and back
Repeat 3-5 times
Lift Heel
Swing Arm Around
Repeat 3-5 times
Lift Heel
Swing Palms Around
See Tunnel Effect
Repeat 3-5 times

Swinging Overview

This simple style of swinging is done in a standing position with the feet at least shoulder width apart. The first move begins moving the body from side to side. One leg extends while the other leg bends into the knee. Make sure the entire weight is transfered from side to side. The second movement to learn is done entirely with gravity with the arms placed at the sides. They should remain like ropes. The turning of the waist will engage them and begin a swing. The turn back in the opposite direction will reverse the swing to the other side.

In all movements the body is leading the shoulders which lead the elbows, which lead the forearms, which lead the hands. This enables the body to completely relax while swinging. The reversal of movement should be gentle and kind -- with a slight suspension of the arms in the air.

Swinging Quick Review

  1. Swinging Outward

    As the weight transfers across the body, the arms swing outward or to the outside of the body.

  2. Swinging Inward

    As the weight transfers across the body, the arms swing inward or to the inside of the body.

  3. Winged Swinging

    When the weight is in the middle of the transfer, raise both arms upward to the sides bending like a bird's wing at the wrist and elbows (sink at the elbows). As the weight transfers let gravity take both arms down and out -- one in front and one in back.

  4. Elephant Swinging

    Simply lift one heel while looking slightly down and swinging the hand / arm on the same side as the heel forward and turning opposite to the raised heel side. Bring that heel back down and repeat by lifting the heel on the other side.

  5. Tunnel Swinging

    Place both palms together with the arms extended so that you can peer through the palms like a tunnel. Then do the Elephant Swing with both arms swinging together while peering through the palms. The room should have a tunnel effect as the eyes scan the room through the palms.

    Both of these Elephant style swings are intended to relax and work the eyes so that they can improve their scanning function.

Benefits of Swinging

Swinging relaxes the body. It requires first of all to release the tension in the arms. This release transfers to the shoulders. It begins loosening up the neck. A common practice is to follow the swing with the head moving with the chest. One can keep the head straight and increase the pull on the neck a few times to increase the relaxation on the neck.

Most exercises improve the cardiovascular system by increasing blood flow. Since the body has a reversal of direction both downward and outward, it has a direct effect on the lymphatic circulation. Ten minutes of swinging flushes the lymph completely. This improves the immune response and helps the body recover in multiple ways. It refreshes the white blood cell supply, it helps flush out waste, and it increases the body's signaling to bring fresh warriors where any immune response is needed. In some illnesses it literally removes obstructions where the lymph has remained clogged and bogged down in battle.

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