What is do-in?
Do-in is a self-massage technique which is designed to maintain general mind and body wellness. It was primarily used by shiatsu practitioners as a preparation before giving a shiatsu, and as a daily practice to maintain their own health. It finds its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and therefore is based on acupuncture point stimulation and meridian stretching. Its aim is to restore the energy (‘ki’) flow and balance in the body.
Do-in is a very gentle, relaxed form of body work which incorporates breathing exercises, soft stretching, gentle conscious touch and smooth tapping with the fingers, palms or fists. It is usually practiced dressed (preferably in flexible and natural clothing) and doesn’t require any specific equipment.
What can I expect with regular practice?
This wellness practice is easy to learn and can be adapted to any lifestyle, whether one has 10 minutes or 1 hour to practice, whatever the age or physical aptitude. In the morning it helps energize the whole body by stimulating the energy flow, and in the evening it can facilitate sleep by releasing the tensions accumulated during the day.
People who regularly practice do-in usually find that it:
- Eliminates fatigue
- Reduces stress and tensions
- Induces a deep physical and mental relaxation
- Improves body flexibility
- Increases body awareness
- Enhances general health