Hello:

If I do wear shoes, sneakers (some type of footwear) have I then cut myself off from ~chi~ (sic. direct physical contact with the chi in the ground)? Is there any kind of consensus on this issue from the Internal Martial Community? Is there a Japanese/Chinese difference in this particular issue... ?

The second issue... what do practitioners say re: artificial parts, (reconstruction; vertabrae, bones, perhaps muscle) metal plates, screws, bolts, etc. If I needed reconstruction with a vertabrae, needed a rod, pins, etc., had reconstructive surgery of some kind...what does that mean in terms of preventing/enhansing the "normal" correct flow of chi long term?

Are people who required such surgical proceedures severely inhibited in some manner by traditional thinking in terms of their chi flow?



Jeff