In 2011, a good friend of mine
introduced me to paida and lajin, self-healing methods created by Master Xiao Hongchi. I
did not take any action then.
This May, I watched Master
Xiao's UPS video and his interview at Beyond 2012 conference by chance. Intrigued by his
demonstration and explanation, I started to practice lajin on a piano bench by
the door. I did lajin three times a
day: early morning, noon, and late evening. Each time lasted 20 minutes; I spent 10 minutes per leg. In three short weeks, I was pleasantly surprised by its effect on my
For the past ten years, I had an extremely dry area on my right foot. No lotion, gel, or medicine seemed to cure my dry skin, and it itched and cracked often. However, a few weeks of lajin significantly improved my skin ailment (see the four pictures here).
I have also experienced a second, unanticipated benefit. The quality of my sleep has improved too; I have fewer dreams and wake up less.
With these two notably positive results, I found it hard to not become seriously interested in paida and lajin,
since these methods simply work!
As I planned to own a
lajin bench for myself in order to continue reaping its wonderful health benefits, I searched "where to buy lajin bench" on Google, but the results were not so encouraging:
The official store at http://lajinpaida.taobao.com/ offers
the authentic lajin bench for RMB 890 (or US $143). The shipping cost from
China to US is unknown, my estimate would be no less than US$100.
Two listings on eBay. The "Buy
It Now" prices range from US $280 to US $649. One vendor charges
US $120 for shipping from Canada.
Zero listings on Amazon.
One listing on Alibaba from Malaysia:
price and delivery information unavailable.
Unsatisfied by those offerings, I decided to build my own.
Having analyzed many
images on the web, I discovered that a lajin bench really consists of two simple parts: the
vertical plate and the horizontal bench. The bench part can be
substituted by regular furniture such as a study desk, a coffee table, a comfort bench, or even a storage organizer. The vertical part, unfortunately, is not readily available. It needs
to be strong, stable, and attachable to the bench part. A new design is to separate
these two parts, which would have the advantages of being more
portable, accessible, and affordable.
I focused my
attention on designing the lajin stand. I visited many furniture stores, talked
to a few carpenters, and researched many hours online. After five iterations
of designing, prototyping, and testing, I am happy to introduce my very own, Lajin Bench Stand, or Lajin Stand (in short).
You can attach the Lajin
Stand to a study desk, creating your own personalized Lajin Bench in the office:
You can attach the Lajin
Stand to a coffee table, creating your personalized Lajin Bench at home:
You can attach the Lajin Stand to a comfort bench, creating a Lajin Bench in a lobby:
One now can carry
the Lajin Stand, and practice paida & lajin anywhere.
With this simple design, hopefully, more people will practice paida & lajin so they will explore and experience the health benefits first-hand.
Here is another design of Lajin Bench using the off-the-shelf folding table. This one is easy to setup. It is light-weight and completely portable (Instructions found here).