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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To stretch these meridians, sit in seiza kneeling between your heels and, if you can do the stretch without straining the knees or the lower back, lie back flat on the floor with the arms outstretched on the floor above your head. The compensation exercise for Earth can be done standing, seated, bo in seiza. Repeat this for three respirations, and then repeat on the other side.

Related Posts Integrative Health integrative health. To stretch these meridians, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, with the knees relaxed and unlocked.

Introduced hho 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.

Repeat on the other side. Repeat the exercise you liked best — taking more time and relaxing into it.

Lindsay Kellner 8 hours ago. The compensation makkoo for Water is to reach for the opposite foot, or to walk forwards and backwards on the buttocks. Raise the arms above the head, and as you exhale, bend forward from the hips, with the knees kept straight. 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.


I placed the Pro Holistic name as an author just mxkko the title, but not link at all my mistake. I learned these stretches when I became a teacher of Wu Taoa form of dance therapy. One of the many gifts of the Makko Hos is how they reveal the state of balance and makki in the body.

Link your thumbs together behind your back. Please do not force anything as this can do more harm than good. If someone has been suffering from grief, the lung and large intestine Makko Ho stretch makkko provide nurturing support for easing their emotional burden. Bend forward as you exhale.

Copied verbatim without permission…………… The original page is on http: Do not attempt this stretch if you have problems with the knees or lower back. You can go partly into the stretch by supporting your upper body with your arms and leaning gently back and, when in this position, thrust the pelvis forward.

Des Lawton Wednesday April mako, Reply. To stretch these meridians, sit up straight mak,o one leg outstretched, flat on the floor, and with the foot upright.

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The other leg is tucked into the body. Group 7 Created with Sketch. As you exhale, raise your arms up behind you and, keeping your legs straight, allow the torso to bend forward.


There is an alternative exercise for Earth if there is a history of back problems.

Stand with one leg cocked with the foot in front of the opposite thigh, and bend forward. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page.

Please dont hesitate to contact me for any further concern or if you think we can be of any help to you. I encourage you to try the stretches as you watch the video. Every Wu Tao Dance class begins with the Makko Ho stretches to warm and open up the body as we prepare to dance.

Each meridian is connected to an organ and further connected to a particular element, season, color and emotion to name a few. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.


You are now subscribed Be on the lookout for a welcome email in your inbox! Also rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wu Tao Dance restores balance and health physically, emotionally and spiritually. Ray Bass 9 hours ago. Gretchen Lidicker 7 hours ago.