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August 13, 2007

"Ki breathing" by Koichi Tohei sensei (34)

This article is translation of Koichi Tohei sensei's book, "Ki breathing (Ki no Kokyuho)". We will upload new article Monday.

Shinichi Tohei


Kiatsu of the shoulder (To ease stiff shoulders, to facilitate plus mind)

Frozen shoulder was common among people in their 40s and 50s. There are many people who suffer from stiff shoulder at any age. If we maintain a correct posture, we can be free from stiff shoulders and pain. An unnatural posture can become the cause of stiff shoulders. Stiff shoulders make blood circulation poor, and can have an adverse effect on our head and eyes immediately.
If you feel stiffness during your work, try self Kiatsu. It will also help you to maintain a positive disposition.
To do Kiatsu on the shoulder, start at the base of your collar bone and shoulderblade to the back of your neck. When you press right shoulder, bend your head to left. Then, send Ki to your right shoulder using your longer fingers. Send Ki 15 to 20 seconds at each spot. Change the position toward back of the neck. (photo 4)

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If you finish the right shoulder, do the same thing to your left shoulder.
If you suffer from severely stiff shoulders, do Kiatsu several times. You will feel the difference after practicing Kiatsu several times. You will be able to bend your neck more easily than before. In addition, because your blood circulation improves, you will feel much healthier.

Kiatsu on the stomach (counteract the constipation and bad digestion, alleviate menstrual cramps)

When you do Kiatsu in the stomach area, press counterclockwise. Send Ki in the direction that food takes when passing through the intestines.
If you have digestive problem or pain with your abdomen, it is good for you to do Kiatsu to your stomach area daily. Kiatsu on the stomach helps to get over constipation, prevents many female diseases, such as uterine fibroid and endometriosis.
Good health of the stomach is the base of beauty. If you do not have constipation, do Kiatu on your stomach so that you can get fitness back to your mind and body.
To do kiatsu on the stomach area, lay on back first. Arrange the middle three fingers and put them very calmly on the top of your stomach.
Internal organs are very sensitive, therefore, you DO NOT push the stomach area forcefully. Also, you do not touch the navel.
The stomach moves up and down as you breathe. Match the movement and send Ki so that it naturally penetrates deeper.
Press each spot about one minute. Start from the top of the stomach, and continue to the bottom of the navel, lower abdomen, right side of the stomach (around appendix and upper appendix), upper stomach (around liver), left side of own stomach (upper belly), left side of lower abdomen always sending Ki with the movement of the stomach as you breathe.
If you have bad constipation, it is good to do this Kiatsu several times before going to bed or after waking up in the morning daily. If you do this, you can get over your constipation, and start the day feeling refreshed.

Kiatsu of the legs (to improve excessive sensitivity to cold, insomnia and poor blood circulation)

“Keep the head cool, keep the feet warm”
This is often said referring to your basic health. Cold feet are not good for our health.
If you have cold feet caused by excessive sensitivity to cold, try this Kiatsu.
First, lay down on your back. Arrange the three middle fingers together and put them lightly on the inguinal area. Find the place where you can feel your pulse and send Ki there.
Put your fingers calmly and count to 100. After counting to 100, release your fingers from the inguinal area and rest your fingers. Next try the same thing once more counting to 100. After this, do this one more time.
This Kiatsu takes about five minutes. The more you send Ki, the more your feet will become warm.

People who suffer from insomnia or have swollen feet need to do Kiatsu before going to bed. If you do Kiatsu on the legs and stomach both, it will help your circulation alot. If you do this Kiatsu everyday, you will never have cold feet.

Kiatsu of the hip (to remove pain in the lower back, also practice good positioning of the hip)

If you keep a correct posture, you will not get pain in the lower back unless you have other illnesses that cause you pain. Pain and feeling heavy in the lower back comes from a wrong posture or unnatural usage of your body.
If you feel something wrong with your lower back, you can ease the problem by doing Kiatsu. If you feel something wrong, try self Kiatsu soon.
To do Kiatsu on your hip, you do not have to lay down, but practice this sitting in a chair. By using both thumbs, put thumbs calmly where you feel pain or an uncomfortable feeling. (photo 5)

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After you do Kiatsu where you feel pain and around it, move your body slowly forward and backward without moving your thumbs. If you finish one place, move to another place and do the same thing.
Once you remove pain and the uncomfortable feeling in your hip, commit yourself to practicing a correct posture with oneness of mind and body. Posture with oneness of mind and body keeps you in good shape.
I explained to you how to do self Kiatsu briefly. Listen carefully to your body. If you find pain or something else wrong with your body, try self Kiatsu.
Also, maintain a correct posture. You can prevent many diseases by doing self-Kiatsu when you feel something is wrong.
It is not a bad thing to consult a doctor. However, before relying on medical care or medicine, it is important to do what you can do by yourself now and in the future. This is good for your health.
If self-kiatsu does not work well for you, your posture is unnatural so you are using unnecessary tension. This state is called, “Ki is not extending.”
The basic of self Kiatsu is oneness of mind and body. Therefore, before you start self Kiatsu, it is good to check your posture if it is natural and stable.

We have life power. As medicine is ineffective for a dead person, we should not forget that medicine itself does not cure diseases but life power does. Self-Kiatsu activates the life power.

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