What is Do In?
Do In (also called Daoyin, Dao-In and Tao-In) is a self-help therapy that combines some of the principles of Shiatsu and Acupressure with stretches, exercises, breathing, meditation techniques and in some cases following a macrobiotic diet.
Do-In means self-stimulation in Japanese and refers to the various methods used to gather and strengthen energy (Ki) in the meridian systems of the body, especially in the abdominal area known as the Hara. Do-In also helps to eliminate toxins, promote self-development and increase spirituality. Contemplation and meditation are important aspects of a Do-In session to increase spiritual harmony and understanding.
Exercises used in a Do-In session:
Hara Breathing: methods of using the breath to centre the Ki in the Hara, or abdomen.
Self-Shiatsu Massage: a series of massage techniques to restore the flow of Ki along the meridians, using tapping, squeezing, rubbing and pressure to the whole body.
Makko-Ho Stretches: six stretches, very similar to Hatha Yoga postures, but designed to stimulate and rebalance the Ki along associated pairs of the 12 main Ki meridians in the body.
Meditation: methods of meditation and contemplation to quieten the mind and increase awareness and understanding.