September 13, 2009

The Rub Down VII

Today I have a few people coming over to be my homework! I'm doing a session for Tools of Assessment - Hip muscle length tests and stretches. I also plan to lead them in a session of Makko Ho Exercises. Makko Hos are a way for the individual to work on their own flow of energy and Qi. They are used to rejuvenate the legs, correctly align the hips and spine, stimulate blood flow, sensitize the nervous system, and increase flexibility as well. We learned at least one combination of moves for each of the Shiatsu Elements - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. The positions that these movements use work with the location and direction of the associated Meridians. The elements house the meridians as follows (with a link to the instructions for each Makko Ho):

Fire - Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium and Triple Energizer (similar to the Immune System)
Earth - Spleen and Stomach
Metal - Lung and Large Intestine
Water - Kidney and Bladder
Wood - Liver and Gall Bladder

There is a Yin and a Yang partner for each of the elements, and doing a Makko Ho designed for the Element can bring them back into balance with each other. Its also a great way to wake your whole body up for a long day of studying!

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