Know Your Chi Flow 24/7 with iPhone App

Like a 21st Century version of the mood ring, an iPhone app can give you a reading on your chi (qi) throughout the day.

What’s more, the 24/7 Chi application will lead you through a series of pressure point manipulations, meditation exercises, and stretches to help you wind down the day and try to connect with your natural rhythms and cycles, says inventor Matt Harrigan in a recent community blog post.

An inventor and student of alternative therapies, Harrigan had created a Chi Watch that enabled people to observe their 24-hour Chi cycle on the watch’s face. This apparently was based on the traditional Chinese medicine concept that we all have a diurnal clock inside us that regulates body rhythms to allow our bodies to function more efficiently and to defend against illness.

When the iPhone came along, Harrigan decided to take advantage of the new technology to update his concept, and his 24/7 app first appeared last fall.

The application can be downloaded at MEDL Mobile’s website or on iTunes for $2.99.

As described on the MEDL Mobile website, chi keeps the rhythm and sets the pace of our daily lives by traveling throughout our bodies along energy channels known as meridians. Chi flows through each of the twelve major meridians during a specific 2-hour period of the day.

The spleen meridian (between 9-11 a.m) is the best time for hard work, intellectual challenges or handling emotionally burdening tasks. The heart meridian (between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.) is the time to pursue your most meaningful and enjoyable activities. The kidney meridian (between 5-7 p.m.) is the best time to relax, unwind, and decompress.

The 24/7 Chi application includes three therapy options to improve your chi flow.

The first is acupressure used to relieve anxiety by manipulating the body’s pressure points with the fingers.

The second is Chi Kung (qigong), which involves standing still, breathing, and slowly moving the body.

The third is meridian stretching, 6 stretches that focus on the body’s 12 meridians.

The app also allows you to add any meridian, therapy treatment, or specialist to your favorites, and has a GPS Google Maps locator for the nearest alternative health specialists.

It sounds like a lot of fun, and probably works better than the old mood ring I’ve got stashed somewhere in a junk drawer.

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