Paida Lajin is of Chinese decent where Pai is patting, da is a person’s skin, while Lajin is the assumption of a variety of postures to stretch a person’s muscles. Participants of Paida Lajin slap the various parts of the body especially areas around the joint and the head until the skin turns red or starts to look bruised. After the vigorous slapping, some may go on to do some stretches on the Lajin chair, or the table, floor, against door frames or even against walls.
This whole concept is based on the Chinese belief that blood could at times contain toxins which need to be removed. People that practice Paida Lajin believe that the procedure helps with blood circulation and improves it. The practice has quite a massive following from the Chinese and other Asian communities, and that the filling of such hospitals is not by surprise, but the enormous following Paida Lajin has acquired over the years.
Research even shows that tickets to such sessions cost hundreds of dollars, with the most common guide in practice being Mr. Xiao, whose fame shot through the roofs after he published a book named ‘The world of Medicine: Paida Lajin Self-Healing Method‘. The practitioner has also attended very many talk shows in Singapore, Taiwan, and other countries, to promote Paida Lajin, and has recently opened clinics in Germany, Australia, and the United States despite the numerous critics.
As aforementioned, Lajin involves the stretching of muscles while adjusting meridians and bones. The practice is derived from ancient Chinese medicine principles which speculate that recurrent practitioners of Lajin are likely to lead healthier and longer lives. The beliefs highlight that when a person stretches their muscles by an inch, their lifespan is increased by about ten years.
Another Paida Lajin master located in Hong Kong is Mr. Zengxiang Zhu, who speaks and regards Paida Lajin very highly. Mr. Zhu even designed the Lajin bench that both the practitioners and patients can use while they are at the clinic, at home and also at the office. The seat is to help relieve the people from neck, shoulder and lower back pains which are all quite familiar. His unique bench is ordered worldwide and has become a vital part of the Paida Lajin practice.
Lajin is easy to follow the procedure that takes just a few minutes to master. It involves the following five steps:
• Squatting down with hands on the head
• Stretching arms against the ears upwards
• Raising the hands to touch both upper left and right frames of the door
• Sitting on the bed or sofa while moving left and right as the hands point upwards
• Lying down on the Lajin bench to have the leg lean tightly against the pole, while alternating timing between one leg and the other, in periods of between ten to twenty minutes each.
While the practice has become famous around Europe, it should be conducted under close supervision of the practitioner especially for beginners, before they can do it by themselves at home or the office. Lajin has two types of responses:
It involves numbness, pain, soreness, itchiness as well as yawning. Those are the natural responses expected when a person practices Lajin. The reactions are attributed to the clearance of the stagnated meridians according to the Chinese Medicines principle of Qi Chong Bing Zao.
It involves the red spotting, the blisters and rashes, headaches, nausea, dizziness, farting, running noses, and sometimes stinky urine. According to the Chinese Medicine Principles, these responses are a sign of the success of the detoxification process, which is a step closer to health improvement and the self-healing of various diseases.
Practitioners advise that one should continue with Paida Lajin even after these responses while adjusting the intensity of the activities.
According to practitioners, it is a DIY health management method that is based on the methods of Classical Chinese Medicine. Its success is reliant on the positivity of the person practicing it, as well as their concentration, duration, and intensity of the whole practice.