This Shiatsu exercise incorporates the elements of deep breathing, meditation, sound therapy, and acupressure.
Sit quietly on the floor, on a cushion or mat. Place one hand on top of the other, over the navel. Clear your mind and concentrate on deep breathing, focusing on a starting point one-and-a-half inches below the navel. This point is known as "ki-kai" or "ocean of energy." Breathe deeply, and slowly breathe out. You may hum a tune as you breath out. Music has a soothing effect. For more tips on the proper way to breath in and breathe out, read the secion on yoga breathing.
After a few minutes of deep breathing, lean forward onto your hands as you exhale your humming vibrations. Now inhale slowly as you gently straighten the spine and return to your original sitting position. Repeat five times.
Now clasp both hands, so that they interlock in the V's between the index finger and thumb. You are touching a major acupoint, large intestine #4, called "go kuku" ("meeting mountains"). Press the thumb, leaning in toward the base of the index finger. Hold the pressure for five seconds, release for five seconds. Repeat for relief from headache, toothache, menstrual cramps, or gastritis.
This simple form of self-shiatsu affects the internal organs. You can increase a specific effect through your focus. For example, when you are bending forward, concentrate on the kidneys in the lumbar area--your lower back. This will strengthen your Qi.
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