To avoid misunderstandings, here are the explanations of the most used words, which are used to explain the movements of the balls in FingerQiGong.
Ball rolling mainly means to move a single ball in one hand or in both hands at the same time. Also to move a single ball in each hand simultaneously is ball rolling. The extended form of ball rolling is to move several balls - in one or both hands - at the same time. Doing this you can make circles, lines or even figures, such as an 8.
Ball rubbing means to rub or push two or more balls around each other. The balls stay in touch; they just rotate with sort of a grinding noise. It is avoided that the balls fall apart and then slam against each other again.
Ball shoving means to move forward two or more balls behind each other touching in line, like a train with carriages. Doing this you can make circles, lines or even figures, such as an 8.
Ball spinning means to revolve two or more balls simultaneously, without the balls touching each other - they just rotate freely. It is very important to avoid the balls slamming together.
Ball rotating is the super ordinate term in FingerQiGong. This means that ball rotating all together stands for, ball rolling, ball rubbing, ball shoving as well as ball pushing.
Using the balls:
Skill gives, as everybody knows, pleasure and you can practise FingerQiGong everywhere! Though these are only small balls, however, they can unfold a fantastic effect. The smaller balls (30 – 40 mm) fit in every pocket, so that it is always possible to practice, no matter whether in the seating or standing position - even when walking.
Though the exercises look easy, however, they require an amount of discipline to master them. The goal of a fingerQiGong practitioner is to never give up the path to masterhood. To reach this goal practicing FingerQiGong must be pursued in the long term, regularly and intensely.
The choice of suitable ball sizes depends, primarily, on the personal hand size. It is recommendable to start with middle sized balls (45-50 mm) to first train the coordination of the finger movements. Later on you change to bigger and also smaller balls. The aesthetics of the movements of the fingers through rolling, shoving and/or spinning is only attained when the practitioner is able to control the ball movements without looking at them. Only then the real perception of the fingers starts.
Practicing FingerQiGong should never be degraded to a bare skill training. The balls are, if you admit it, your master for more art of living. However, this advanced stage can only be reached if a sort of meditative mentality and posture is taken up. The reassurance and relaxation of the breathing, the thoughts, the feelings and with them of the body is necessarily needed.
Hence, the posture while practicing FingerQiGong is to be taken as seriously as in meditation, Qi-gong or perhaps yoga positions. During all exercises a slow and steady abdominal breathing with a straight back posture should be maintained. The postures while practicing FingerQiGong, as already mentioned, are first seated while the arm is held free or supported; secondly standing beside a table on which the hand can be layed on, perhaps with a soft base. You can also stand freely with a readiness to bend over and pick up the balls that fall down. The third possibility is in the walking position, with the arms held out lightly bent, like when juggling. If you would like to practice in public, while going for a walk, or for example, on the way to work, you can leave the arm hanging and rotate the balls in the vertical level.
As soon as both hands are able to individually role, shove, rub and/or spin balls, the next step is to train both hands in rotating balls at the same time, what brings the arms and shoulders more into action.
Then through simultaneous balance exercises while practicing FingerQigong the practitioner can reach his personal balance, dance or movement in rhythm.