The origin of "do-in" Properties and Benefits

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  1. Do-in
  2. Principle of "doing".
    1. Twelve essential circuits, the meridians, run through the human body and transport Qi to the organs.
  3. Why self-mutilate with the principles of "doing"?
    1. Ideally, massage should be practiced in the morning to revitalize the body after a night's sleep.
  4. Contraindications for self-massage.
  5. Duration and price of a "do-it-yourself" self-massage session
  6. DVD on do-in self-massage
  7. Self-massage books
    1. Other Options:
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Do-in is a self-massage technique of Chinese origin, based on Taoist philosophy. Also known as "tao-inn", do-in etymologically means the way of energy.

Based on the great principles of Chinese medicine, it is clearly inspired by the techniques of digitopressure and energy circulation.

do-in Properties

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Principle of "doing".

Derived from Chinese medicine, "do-in" is a self-massage that promotes the circulation of energy, Qi, within the body.

Circulating in the body through the meridians, Qi is one of the five Vital Substances (the other four are Blood, Organic Liquids, Spirits and Essences).

These substances serve to maintain the balance of the body, which is expressed in Chinese medicine in the harmony of the Yin and Yang life forces.

Twelve essential circuits, the meridians, run through the human body and transport Qi to the organs.

Therefore, there is a meridian to the energy system of the liver, bladder, stomach, etc., and the Qi to the organs.

When a meridian is obstructed, energy is accumulated at one of the points of the route, resulting in poor circulation of energy. Some points become blocked, while others lack Qi.

If an organ receives too much Qi or, on the contrary, does not receive enough Qi, it becomes disordered and no longer performs its vital function correctly.

The "do-in" allows to regulate the energy inside the body through digital pressures in strategic points of the Qi circulation.

It is often accompanied by other practices such as relaxation, visualization, meditation, breathing, and opening energy channels.

Why self-mutilate with the principles of "doing"?

The Chinese consider "doing" to be the art of living in harmony with oneself. Self-massage would allow this vital energy, the Qi, to circulate diffusely through the body to revitalize it and preserve it from illness and old age.

According to the techniques used for massages, the "do-in" relaxes the parts of the body that are under tension throughout the day, frees the body from its blockages and participates in the elimination of toxins.

It is then used to relieve various types of pain, particularly those related to osteoarthritis, rheumatism or back and neck pain.

Ideally, massage should be practiced in the morning to revitalize the body after a night's sleep.

However, it can be used at any time of day to relieve muscle tension due to poor posture at work or stress. It does not require any special equipment or place to practice.

In all cases, professionals recommend the practice of "do-in" in a sitting position. In Japan, the traditional posture is seiza, which means sitting on the heels, but a comfortable chair will also do.

The duration of a "do-in" massage is very variable: short if you want to act directly on a pain and a precise point, long if you want to obtain lasting results. What is important? To be regular in practice.

As in morning gymnastics, the "do-in" follows a well-defined pattern of execution that follows the points along the meridians. To acquire the appropriate gesture, it is essential to refer to a competent professional or to rely on a rigorous bibliography.

Contraindications for self-massage.

There are no contraindications for the practice of self-massage. However, as with acupuncture, it is preferable to avoid pressure around the belly in pregnant women.

It is also not recommended in cases of high fever, bleeding, hemophilia, contagious disease, skin disease or recent scarring.

Seiza: the first step in the "do-in" massage is to sit comfortably in the position that suits you best, the seiza (in the heels in the traditional Japanese position) if possible.

You can change position during the exercise if you feel uncomfortable. Get rid of anything that might interfere with practice (jewelry, etc.).

Salutation: put the palms of your hands on your thighs; on the extension of your left thigh, slide your left hand on the ground, the same with your right hand.

Join your thumbs and forefingers to form a heart; lower your bust while exhaling until you reach your hands. This exercise allows you to completely empty your lungs, and then straighten out as you inhale completely.

The sequence: after warming the hands, wrists and arms, the massage is performed in the following direction: skull, face, ears, neck, shoulders, ungrateful area between the shoulder blades, chest (breathing), waist, feet, legs, pelvis, kidneys, back, belly.

Pressures: using his fingers, his hand or his fist, the practitioner stimulates decisive points in the circulation of Qi. Pressures, pinches, hammers, frictions, soft massages... there is a whole range of gestures. The more tired you are, the lighter the manipulations and pressures will be.

When a stain is painful, the energy stagnates. Therefore, it should be dispersed gently by massaging the spot counterclockwise. If, on the other hand, the energy is missing, the spot should be stimulated by stronger pressure, without prolonging it for more than three minutes.

The practitioner will be able to teach you several techniques that you can reproduce in all circumstances at home or on the road.

To ensure good practice, it is essential to know the experience and training of the professional. These elements allow, in particular, for protection against sectarian aberrations linked to welfare activities.

The "do-in" practitioner is usually a person with experience in the practice of Shiatsu, trained by an official body that provides comprehensive training and applies a code of ethics.

He or she may be recommended by someone he or she knows or by the French Shiatsu Federation. It offers a directory of professionals classified by region.

Duration and price of a "do-it-yourself" self-massage session

An introductory session to the "do-in" massage costs between 20 and 90 euros depending on the region, with a duration of one hour. Workshops offered throughout the year vary between 250 and 400 euros.

Once acquired the techniques, they are easily reproducible without additional cost, since their hands are the only instruments necessary for the practice.

The learning of self-massage techniques in the form of sessions or workshops is not reimbursed, neither by the Social Security nor by the mutual insurance companies.

DVD on do-in self-massage

- "Do In, the Way to Wellness", Marion Gauthier, Roland San Salvadore, Dir. David Garnier y David Kleinpoort, 2008.

Self-massage books

- "Do-in, self-massage", Dominique Launay, Chariot d'Or: a complete and indispensable workbook to acquire a healthy base in the practice of do-in.

- "Do-in, la voie de l'énergie", Anne-Béatrice Leygues, ed. Marabout: a book that lists specific exercises, adapted to all people and all situations

- "Do-in shiatsu: finding well-being, revitalization techniques", Clara Truchot, ed. Le Courrier du Livre: the author proposes a theoretical and practical content on shiatsu and do-in, which helps to understand the differences between one and the other.

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In addition, you can find free health apps from Google Play or in the App Store.

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