Don's Home Health Alternative Medicine Chinese Therapy Balls (Baoding Balls)
Chinese Therapy Balls are also called baoding balls, Chinese health balls, Chinese medicine balls and Chinese meditation balls, exercise balls, and stress balls.
Chinese name: 保定健身球; (Bǎodìng Jiànshēn Qiú)

There are two main uses:
1. Stress reduction and Meditation
Baoding balls work similarly to Western stress balls.
2. Hand muscle therapy - Improve finger dexterity, relax the hand, or aid in the recovery of muscle strength and motor skills after surgery.
Some people use them for finger dexterity for guitar playing.

Though unsupported by scientific evidence, baoding balls are thought to exercise hand muscles, improve brain function and reduce stress when used as alternative medicine to stimulate the acupuncture points on the hand.
They are claimed to stimulate pressure points in your hand used in reflexology.

Typically 1 1/2 in (38 mm) in diameter, they range from 35-50 mm
Average man 40-50 mm 1.5 - 2.0 inches
Average woman 35-40 mm 1.3-1.5 inches
Weight 2-8 oz. (1/8 - 1/2 lbs.
Therapy balls for building strength are a little smaller and heavier.

They come in chrome and enameled metal.
The chrome balls are a little heavier.

Meditation balls are hollow with a mechanism which creates a chime that rings. Typically each ball has a chime with different tone and they resonate.

They can also be used with the MELT method which uses soft balls and rollers on the hands, feet and back to stimulate the connective tissue cells and you also wake up the aspects of your nervous system that allow you to sense and feel your body while quieting down the stress levels.

How to use:
Meditation use - Balls are rotated without squeezing them and as you get better you can rotate them without touching them together.
Therapy use - Balls are squeezed together while rotating.

- How to properly use Meditation Balls. meditation vs strength/dexterity - YouTube
- Chinese Therapy Balls- Tips for beginners - YouTube
- How To Use Chinese Medicine Balls - YouTube

At What's inside Chinese Baoding Balls? - YouTube they opened one up and it contained a marble and a couple of wires.

Stress Ball:
A stress ball is squeezed in the hand and manipulated by the fingers, ostensibly to either help relieve stress and muscle tension or to exercise the muscles of the hand.

Baoding balls - Wikipedia
The Health Benefits of Chinese Baoding Balls
Baoding Balls, Chinese Therapy Balls, Stress Balls, limbernessHand Health

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last updated 28 Jan 2017