There are six healing sounds used in T’ai Chi Chih.  Reference material on this web site provides the traditional association of each sound with body organs and aspects of character.  In TCC, it is more important to use the sounds than to understand fully their traditional physical relevance.

The six healing sounds are pronounced, Ho, Who, Tsue, Shhh, She, and Chtwee.  In practice, they are really not pronounced, but aspirated, so the sound is made with force and pushes significant air from the lungs.

We combine the healing sounds with directional weight shifts and hand movements.

Watching the video, you could describe the forward and side movements as:

Left foot, left hand

Left foot, both hands

Left step, both hands

Right foot, right hand

Right foot, both hands

Right step, both hands.

The hands push in the forward movements and sweep when going sideways.

As you commit the movement to memory, combine with the sounds of Ho, Who, Tsue, Shhh, She, and Chtwee.  Some days you will be more forceful than others as you aspirate, but the force is in the breath, not in the body movement.  Execute three sets, and close by repeating the last movement of the last set five times.

Close in the resting position.  Allow your Chi to balance.

More detail,  Six Healing Sounds

Write     Pronounce          Benefit

Ho            Ho                Heart                  joy, calmness, communication

Hu          Who              Spleen, Stomach     self image, confidence, helpfulness

Szu         Tsue              Liver                    creativity, planning, organization

Hsu        Shhh               Lungs                  openness, emotional stability, attitude

Hsi          She               Triple Heater         helpfulness, emotional interaction

Chui       Chtwee           Kidneys                vitality, direction, courage, will power

From the resting posture, position the left hand with palm facing forward about chest height.

While stepping forward with the left foot, aspirate “Ho”.

Shift the weight back and immediately step forward on the left foot again, this time pushing with both hands as you aspirate “Hu”.

Cupping the hands with the left hand over the right, step to the left, pushing with the hands in a sideways motion, aspirate “Tsue”.

Position the right hand with palm facing forward about chest height.

While stepping forward with the right foot, aspirate “Shhh”.

Shift the weight back and immediately step forward on the right foot again, this time pushing with both hands as you aspirate “She”.

Cupping the hands with the right hand over the left, step to the right, pushing with the hands in a sideways motion, aspirate “Chtwee”, pronounced as one syllable.

Repeat until you have completed three sets.  On the third set, you will repeat the last motion using “Chtwee” a total of five times.  Close into resting posture.