The members are back at the red clay house for what they thought would be another mission but they have an unexpected visitor this time. Dr Han Dong Ha, a herbal medicine specialist and acupuncturist who would be giving them a health check and advice on healthy eating and exercise. The focus for this week would be on their body and health.
Some of the members have body aches and pain due to either bad posture or stress. Tae Gyu with the highest level of pain during the chest examination seemed to have a lot of unresolved stress and when Dr Han suggested that he should get off the show, he protested that it couldn’t be to that degree.
From the member’s health ranking and temperament, they were sorted into the positive and negative groups. Whatever the constitution, the right food would be beneficial such as leek for the negative types and ginseng for the positive types.
Positive group: Sang Hyun, Hyun Woo and Jae Young
Personality ….. out-going, easy to lose one’s temper.
Physique …….. wide shoulders, small hip and pelvis
Body heat ……. warmth in limbs, feel a lot of heat
Negative group: Ji Won, Tae Hui and Tae Gyu.
Personality …… a lot of introspective thinking
Physique ……… narrow shoulders, wide hips
Body heat …….. cold hands and feet, often catch cold
The 2 teams would compete in 4 games …… flexibility test, suspension from the horizontal bar, long jump and 300 meters relay. Watching them in these games had also been good therapy for me because I was laughing so much.
Among all the members, Sang Hyun showed the most flexibility with a reach of 27.5 cm while Tae Gyu could not even reach the start point.
Sang Hyun vs Ji Won for the chin-up suspension from the horizontal bar, a test on arm strength.
Sang Hyun 21seconds : Ji Won 13 seconds. Their priceless expression below really made me laugh.
Sang Hyun could only manage 1 chin up and it was hilarious to see him try to propel himself up by kicking his legs. But it was Tae Hui that made me laugh the most as he tried unsuccessfully to swing himself up after his 5th chin-up.
While the other members had no problem doing the long jump, Sang Hyun seemed to have trouble with arm and leg coordination and was rather hesitant as he tried to get into rhythm. But he was rather adorable here as he bobbed up and down like a little child.
Their dinner that evening was prepared under the guidance of Dr Han with his healthy menu using mainly dried radish, horse radish, chives and leek. Dried radish tea is calming and promotes better sleep and because radish is also rich in calcium, it is good for healthier bones.
Dr Han administering to the members using various Oriental therapy such as cupping, acupuncture and the yucky leech. Cupping uses negative pressure to remove congestion and stimulate blood flow.
Hyun Woo hurt his right hand in an accident a month ago and it was still a bit inflamed.
Medicinal leech therapy …… it seems there are many biologically active compounds secreted in the saliva of leeches and they are used for treatment of various ailments. It seems a bit yucky but also fascinating to see them latch onto the skin and become engorged.
Sang Hyun complains of his headaches which is centred around his forehead and which Dr Han diagnosed as due to fatigue and indigestion. Hope the acupuncture helps.
For the next part of their therapy, the 2 teams are sent out on a trip for healing.
Sang Hyun’s team would go around Chungcheong-do ….. to cool their body heat, slow down the pace of life and be at one with nature.
Meanwhile Ji Won’s team would travel around Gangwon-do …… to stimulate the heart, feel the earth’s energy and recharge their mental vitality.
The 2 teams set out the next morning, with the focus on Ji Won’s team.
Hope we will get to see what Sang Hyun’s team will be doing in the next episode.
The first stop for Ji Won’s team was the scary bungee jump structure which was visible from a distance. Ji Won was adamant that he would not attempt it and he certainly did not look very happy on arrival. Without getting out of the car, he got Hyun Woo to drive off and one of the staff could be seen running after them. Perhaps they managed to pacify him as the next scene shows them going up the structure.
It does look terrifying especially for those with a fear of heights. What made it more scary was the mesh platform where one could see through to the great distance below. Both Ji Won and Hyun Woo were terrified as they tried to walk on top of the beams which support the platform. Poor Hyun Woo was so scared that he was shaking.
I can identify with that feeling as I had once been on this kind of mesh platform at a height and had tried not to walk on the mesh, fearful of the sight of the great drop below. I would not have the guts to ever attempt bungee jumping.
Kudos to Tae Gyu and Hyun Woo who were brave enough to do the jump. This activity is definitely a great stimulant for one’s heart but which is not suitable for everyone.
In episode 11 this Saturday 21st March …..
Sang Hyun with Tae Gyu and Jae Young at a temple, performing the 108 bows ….. for purification and be one with the mind and body.
For a better understanding of the ritual : http://sunmudo.net/lang/jp/media/downloads/