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    A question for the Chi / Ki practitioners

    I'm not sure this is the right forum for this question - so moderators please feel free to move it to an appropriate area.

    I'm interested to know what, if any, alternative explanations people have for the sensations that are often attributed to 'chi' - at least within tai chi practice.

    On a personal level I have experienced an increase in warmth in my hands, and tingling / pins and needles type sensations, predominantly in the hands and arms but also travelling around the body, especially around the spine. Whilst I'm prepared to accept the traditional explanation that these sensations are a result of 'chi circulation' (I can hear the typing of insults already) I am curious as to what, if any, other theories can explain this effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TaeBo_Master
    Placebo Effect.
    Whilst I've no doubt that suggestion and placebo effects can come into play I am interested to know if there are other explanations. My current teacher tends to avoid talk of chi and especially how it may be experienced personally precisely to avoid this.

    Even so, and with no conscious effort to focus on this aspect of tai chi, I have still experienced these sensations. I've deliberately kept an open mind on the existence of chi and am therefore curious to understand if there are any physical / biological explanations that account for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMcFu
    And you did exactly how many bullshido searches on the topic?
    OK basic n00b error number 1. I'd like to say it will be my last - but I somehow doubt it...
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    If you hold static postures you are likely to get pins and nedles. Does the sensation continue if you flex your hands/move your spine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jekyll
    If you hold static postures you are likely to get pins and nedles. Does the sensation continue if you flex your hands/move your spine?
    My experience has been whilst practicing solo tai chi forms, rather than whilst holding postures (which I've found to create a whole range of pleasant sensations that I probably don't need explaining).
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    In the tai chi form I know emphasis is placed on keeping the back streight and the hands only move at the wrist unless making whips or fists.

    Try doing one of the movements that makes your hands feel tingly but open and close them (slowly like its part of the form) and see if it still happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stickx
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    I'll try that next time and see what happens...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_E
    My experience has been whilst practicing solo tai chi forms, rather than whilst holding postures (which I've found to create a whole range of pleasant sensations that I probably don't need explaining).

    if you are refering to warmth in the genitals, especially the testes, it is usually a good thing (Kidney yang is the basis of body yang).
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