Welcome to learning about the Makko Ho stretches, a series of gentle stretches based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Introduced to the West. The Makko Ho exercises are used as a self healing technique by allowing the practitioner both sedate and tonify the meridians through specific.

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Cross the arms so that the opposite hand is to the leg is on top i. Lindsay Kellner 8 hours ago. Please do not force anything as this can do more harm mako good.

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Hold each stretch as you inhale, being aware of tension whether through excess or deficiency that you feel along the meridian path. Clasp the feet with both hands and, with the back held straight, bend forward from the pelvis as you exhale. There is an alternative exercise for Earth if there is a history of back problems.


Also rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wu Tao Dance restores balance and health physically, emotionally and spiritually. If the right leg is to the top, the left hand is to the top and hold on to the knees. If practiced regularly, the Makko Hos create supple health and a profound sense of peace and balance throughout the body.

The compensation exercise for Water is to reach for the opposite foot, or to walk forwards and backwards on the buttocks. Hi Des, thanks for your comment and please accept my apologies for this mistake. These stretches, along with a self-Shiatsu routine and meditation can provide you with an integrative, oasis-like moment of calm and peace in your body. Bring your hands above the head with the palms facing each other and, on exhalation, lean sideways over the outstretched leg keeping both buttocks on the floor.


To stretch these meridians, sit with the soles of the feet jo each other and with the feet mmakko in to you.

Do not attempt this stretch if you have problems with the knees or lower back. Group 4 Created with Sketch. You are now subscribed Be on the lookout for a welcome email in your inbox! As with the other stretches, hold the stretch on inhalation, then go further into the stretch on exhalation. One of the many gifts of the Makko Hos is how they reveal the state of balance and flow in the body. Des Lawton Wednesday April 5th, Reply.

Makko Ho meridian stretches

The compensation exercise for Metal is to step forward hk opening the chest by swinging the arms out. The compensation exercise for Earth can be done standing, seated, or in seiza. It is therefore vital that you focus on the breathing and that you are aware of the changes going on within you during each stretch — this includes physical, emotional, and consciousness Body, Mind, Spirit.

For example, if someone has stagnant energy in their liver and gall bladder meridians, the emotion of anger is usually present yo them. Do not force yourself into positions that you find uncomfortable — pain is not the goal, letting go of tension is. As you exhale, raise your arms up behind you and, keeping your legs straight, allow the torso to bend forward. Now I left the Pro Holistic name after the title but there is a direct link to your article, please let me know if this is Ok with you.


Copied verbatim without permission…………… The original page is on http: Bend forward as you exhale. Shiatsu Traditional Chinese Medicine balance dance flexibility. Email Created with Sketch. Keep centred throughout the exercise.

Hold this position before slowly returning to the original sitting position. Raise the arms above the head, and as you exhale, bend forward from the hips, with the knees kept straight.

Stand with one leg cocked with the foot in front of the opposite thigh, and bend forward. Introduced to the West by Zen Shiatsu master Shizuto Masunagathe Makko Ho stretches are designed to both strengthen and improve organ function while opening the meridians, or energy pathways in the body. Every Wu Tao Dance class begins with the Makko Ho stretches to warm and open up the body as we prepare to dance.