TC  Lifing water

Step 1: Stand in a comfortable stance with some distance between your feet.

Your arms should be at your sides, with your elbows turned out slightly.

Step 2: Inhale and lift up your arms slowly, until your hands are somewhere between chest

and shoulder height.

Step 3: Now exhale and begin lowering your arms slowly from the shoulders.

Step 4: Continue exhaling and lowering your arms back to the starting position.


Instructions for Pushing the Wall.

  1. For this experiment, first perform Lifting Water about 5 to 10 times. Pay special attention to how your arms feel each time you lift them into the air.
  2. Now you will need to stand facing a sturdy, blank wall. Stand as close to the wall as possible, and place the backs of your wrists against the wall.
  3. Now, push as hard as possible against the wall with the back of your wrists. You should push VERY HARD! The harder, the better. Use every bit of strength you have to push against the wall with your wrists. You should push harder and harder for about 10 to 15 seconds.
  4. Now take a 5 second break, then push against the wall a second time. PUSH REALLY HARD! Push even harder this time, for 10 to 15 more seconds. The harder you can push, the more successful this experiment will be. Push, push, push, and push more!
  5. Now take another 5 second break, then begin pushing again. If your arms are getting tired, don’t stop! We want to push as hard as you can for 20 to 30 seconds this time. KEEP PUSHING AND PUSHING – DON’T STOP! The harder you push, the better this experiment will work. Keep pushing, keep pushing.
  6. After about 20 to 30 seconds, step away from the wall. Now perform Lifting Water again, paying attention to how your arms feel. Do they feel differently this time? Try to describe to yourself the difference between how your arms felt in step 1 above, and how they feel now.


Step 3: How This Feels

If you performed the Pushing the Wall experiment and followed our directions precisely, your second set of Lifting Water should feel quite differently than your first set did.

Your arms will feel more like they are “floating” or “rising” by themselves. The movement will feel more effortless and relaxed.

How did this exercise work?

we tricked your body into using deeper layer muscles to perform the movements.

By pushing against the wall, you “tired out” your surface layer muscles – the muscles most people use for normal movement. By tiring them out, your deeper layer muscles “kicked in” to help with the pushing against the wall. By the time you stepped away from the wall, your deeper layer muscles were fully engaged and ready to help you with Lifting Water.

Now that you’ve experienced how this movement should feel, take a look at the video from our ChiFusion Level 2 course for this movement. You can view the video by clicking on the “video” window below.