不过，这些天我们一直被一件事情所困扰 —— 这里的蚊子咬得我们实在钻心的痒。这些不速之客会根据其自身需要随时随地造访，无论我们是在高层酒店房间里还是在乡间户外；无论是白天还是夜晚。搞得我们觉也睡不踏实，甚至看到、听到或想到蚊子就反应过激。
可是，这次我错了。拍了几分钟之后，我感觉到全身隐隐发痒。头、眼、嘴、脖子、前胸后背、腹部、臀部、手臂、腿部全都开始发痒，越来越痒，止不住的痒。我跟同事们打了一声招呼：“真痒，我得找个没人的地儿拍拍。”我走到房子门口 —— 门居然是关着的。也没个地儿遮遮掩掩的，而且，我全身都痒，要拍的部位太多。所以，我走回来央求他们：“快来帮我。我全身都痒。来大力地拍我。快点儿！”他们2位过来当“帮手”，我们3个人一起重拍，我又痛又痒，又嚷又叫。
拍着拍着，我感觉到（他们也眼看着）我的双眼周围和下巴开始肿起来。一会儿功夫，我的脸肿得老大，十足一个丑八怪外星人。并且，我全身开始冒出大大小小的痘痘包包，有些甚至是成片成片的。看着直让人起鸡皮疙瘩。不过，我并不大介意这些。或者说，我当下面临着更紧急的任务 —— 止痒。这个突如其来的插曲丝毫没有影响到萧老师，他只是顺便提醒我们要重点拍打通用部位（肘关节、膝关节、手和脚）。我伸出手臂，同事们帮我拍打肘内侧，并沿着手臂拍打。出了许多紫黑色的痧，手臂上的痒大为缓解。可是，身上其他地方还痒着呢！他们接着拍我的膝盖前后，我则赶紧自拍腹部。出了更多的痧。痒的感觉一波一波地从体内向外蔓延。这时我已经知道是左脚中趾被咬了。我的左脚脚背和整个右手都肿了起来。
Itchiness caused by mosquito and ant bites gone with slapping
— Indian trip special
Our PaidaLajin journey in India is anything less than memorable. Indian people heartily embrace the self-healing method and are benefiting enormously from it, and we are equally entranced by the Indian culture, food, and colours, in addition to the joy of discovering variations of slapping and stretching existent in India over millennia, just like how the wisdom of the self-healing method has been passed down in China generation after generation.
One thing, though, has been harassing us these days. That is, the acute itchiness we suffer from bites by mosquitoes. These visitors come wherever we are, either in high-rise hotel rooms or in the open air in the countryside, and whenever they feel the need to, at daytime and during the night. It has led to interrupted sleep and even overreaction at the sight, sound or thought of them.
But the good thing is, we are slappers, and experts at dealing with such crises. We have been constantly slapping ourselves and each other when we are kissed by mosquitos. With some heavy slaps, the itchiness and the lumps of the bites would gradually disappear. And we could then joke about it before the next swarm of mosquitoes came attacking us.
On 19th March, while shooting a PaidaLajin tutorial at Hidden Streams, Auroville, I was walking barefoot on the grass when I felt acute pain on a left toe. I would use the word “excruciating” which many use to describe the pain of PaidaLajin in their testimonials. I looked down and found a giant ant strolling away from my foot. No time to complain to the lovely being. I began to inspect my foot, and the numbing pain confused me — I lost clue which toe had just been bitten. Anyway, I began to slap the back of my foot and especially the toes. I thought the pain would be gone in a couple of minutes, just like the itchiness of mosquito bites would disappear after a while of slapping.
But this time, I was wrong. After a few minutes’ slapping, I began to feel a creeping itchiness all over my body, on my head, around my eyes, mouth, neck, chest, back, belly, buttocks, arms and legs. The itchiness grew stronger and stronger. What an unstoppable outburst! I told my colleagues, “I need to find a private space to slap and stop the itchiness.” I went to the door of the house — it was locked. There was no place to hide, and I have so many itchy areas to slap. So I came back to them and pleaded, “Please, help. I feel itchy all over. Come and slap me hard. Quick.” Two of them came to “lend helping hands”, and the three of us slapped heavily while I groaned out of pain and itchiness.
As we slapped, I felt and they witnessed areas around my eyes and below my mouth swelling up. Soon, I was so swollen that I looked like an ugly alien. And lumps, big and small, some even covering a large area, began to surface all over my body. It gave us goose bumps just looking at them. But this did not bother me much, or rather, I had a more urgent task to attend to — stopping the itchiness. Mr. Xiao, not in the least bothered by the incident, casually reminded us to focus on slapping the common body parts (elbows, knees, hands and feet). I held out my arms and they slapped at the inner elbows and along the arms. Much purple and dark Sha (poisoned blood) surfaced and itchiness along the arms was greatly relieved. But other body parts were crying for help. So they continued to slap at the front and back of my knees, and I hastily slapped at my belly. More Sha emerged and I felt more waves of itchiness rushing out from within. By then, I had already known that it was the middle toe of the left foot that had been bitten. The back of my left foot and my entire right hand were swelling up.
In between their busyness of slapping me, they found time to mock at the incident and took pictures of my face. The chaotic carnival lasted for over 10min, itchiness on certain parts of my body was relieved, and the swelling on my face stopped. Then we needed to go back to Pondicherry to give a seminar. I slapped myself all the way back, till the ancient truck stopped at the venue.
As the Lajin benches were unfolded for the seminar, I quickly got onto one and began to stretch. The audience must think this was an on-the-spot demo. Indeed it was. While I stretched, I felt the itchiness fading away, and the swelling around my eyes and mouth gradually receding. I stretched for about 10min each leg. Then I got up. Feeling dizzy and weak, I went to the toilet and pooed some stinky stuff. When I looked at myself in the mirror there, I found my lips and tongue had a weird purple colour, and there was a layer of thick whiteness on my tongue. “How toxic the ant bite can be! Luckily, there is Paida.” I exclaimed in my heart.
I went back to help others slap and stretch, but I had no strength for it. Another surge of fatigue and fragility attacked me. I sat down at a chair in a corner, and lifted a hand to slap at the Neiguan acupoint on the other arm. The slaps were so weak. Normally, I am able to give penetrative slaps, be it soft or heavy Paida. I called a nearby attendee to help slap me, but my voice was so slow that she didn’t hear me.
I stopped and calmed down, watching the PaidaLajin gala going on before me, and knowing that I would soon be alright. When the seminar was about to finish, some attendees came over and requested me to slap them so that they could learn Paida better. I did. And I found the strength coming back.
At the end of the seminar, 90% of the itchiness was gone, the swelling on my foot and hand was receding and my face was back to normal. I told Mr. Sudam (a local PaidaLajin practitioner) about it, and he said, “The ants here can be quite toxic. It normally takes 2-3 days for the symptoms of an ant bite to go away.” Well, how long did it take me to get over the itchiness, swelling, and other discomforts of the ant bite? Intermittently, less than 3 hours. Thanks to PaidaLajin, no panicking, no ointments or other medical intervention.
21 March, 2015