Relief of Muscle Cramp in Hands & FeetRue-si Dat Ton (Wat Pho Style) Technique 15
In this post, you will learn a simple self-stretching technique for relief of muscle cramp in hands & feet. As you’ll discover though, this technique has many more benefits than that!
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Poetry In Motion
Clues From the Past
In this section, we focus on the poem that goes with each illustration of a Rue-si performing the technique. Originally written in Old Thai and featured in the Samut Thai Khao, the poem translates to English as something like this:
“Rue-si Ak-ka-nee-netr (Fire eye) pronounced Akkaneenade – he who has fierce, terrifying look in his eyes, stands with legs pointing outwards, resembling the dancing giants in KHON (Thai classical performing arts by men in masks). Spreading both hands while pressing on the inner thighs, fixing long line (streaks) of cramps from the shin through the reach of the hands and the entire arms.”
This may not make sense to you upon first glance. However, try to find any keys that may be hidden in the words.
Before We Begin
Firstly, we need to understand the benefits of this technique as well as consider any precautions & recommendations in order to achieve maximum results and ensure safety.
In Addition to Relief of Muscle Cramp in Hands & Feet..
Benefits of This Technique Include:
- Stretches the Flexor Group muscles of the Forearm.
- Strengthens the Sphincter muscles which helps to control the exit of urine in the Urinary bladder.
- Exercises the Pectoralis Major & Minor, Biceps Brachii, Erector Spinae, Quadriceps Femoris, Tibialis Anterior, Hamstring, Gastrosoleus, and Gluteus Group muscles.
- Improves joint mobility and range of motion – flexion of the hip joint, knee joint flexion, and dorsiflexion of the ankle joint.
- Breathing meditation improves the respiratory system.
- Refreshes the mind.
- Helps to relieve muscle cramps in the hands & feet.
Prepare Your Body.
Prepare Your Mind.
Okay, Let’s Begin
How To Do This Technique
Relief of Muscle Cramp in Hands & Feet
Begin by standing upright with your feet hip width apart and toes pointing outwards. Place your hands on the thighs with your fingers pointing inwards.
- Inhale deeply while feeling your body stretch up tall.
- Exhale while bending the knees down slowly, keeping your arms straight.
- Inhale and return to starting position.
- Repeat this exercise 3 to 5 times.
- All breathing during this exercise should have deep inhales, and slow exhales.
- Each stretch should be held for 3-5 seconds.
Add To The Flow
This technique is intended to provide relief of muscle cramp in hands & feet and can be done independently for that purpose. However, it can also be combined with other techniques in a preventative maintenance routine for your body. Move directly from this technique to the next here. If you prefer, the Wat Pho Style of 18 techniques in one routine can found and practiced on the main Learn Rue-si Dat Ton page. Enjoy!
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