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    Simple grounding tip to help deal with anxiety

    (Only English version available) This month my very good friend Sam Ho has written a post for you about the ‘famous’ acupuncture point Kidney – 1. Sam Ho is a brilliant acupuncturist and massage therapist from Australia, living in London at the moment. If you have any questions or feedback, please email me at info@shumara.nl. Enjoy reading:-) Feeling Anxious?Did you know uncertainty has actually been linked to feelings of anxiety?1  2020 is proving to be a tough year and we are all feeling it. Working from home, lock downs or just the general stress of uncertainty are all likely to be having an impact on your mental health & anxiety.…

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    The Lung (meridian) – Part 2

    (Only English version available) In this second part you will find some more aspects of the Lung’s functioning according to Chinese medicine/ shiatsu. When you scroll down, you will find:– some lifestyle tips – shiatsu/ acupuncture points – an overview of healthy Lung functions and Lung’s pathology Bear in mind that the information is from various resources having sometimes a bit of different point of view. Also, the information isn’t complete. There is much more to tell. If you have any questions, just email me and I will try to answer them as Chinese medicine can be quite difficult to understand. Good luck with reading! ProtectionThe Lungs are related to…

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    The Lung (meridian) – Part 1

    (Only English version available) In this part you will find some aspects of the Lung’s functioning according to Chinese medicine/ shiatsu. In part 2 a few more aspects will be covered + a full overview of healthy Lung functions and Lung’s pathology. Also, some important shiatsu points and lifestyle tips will be given! Master of KiThe Lung1 is associated with the function of Ki (energy) exchange by the process of respiration where the intake of oxygen and the elimination of carbon dioxide take place. This is the most important function of the Lung. The Lungs govern respiration by the inhalation of ‘clean’ Ki from the air and the exhalation of…

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    Meridians – a short introduction

    (Only English version available)(The above picture shows the meridians according to acupuncture. In shiatsu there are a few differences) Meridians are like pathways of Ki (energy) in the body, but you can’t physically see them. The whole body ‘is‘ Ki. The ancient Chinese noticed however the action of Ki within the body and this was eventually systematized into twelve main meridians (there are more meridians). These twelve meridians are grouped into six Yin and Yang pairs. A meridian isn’t solely a pathway; it is an expression of your life. Each meridian has its own life function (respiration, digestion, excretion and so on). Find below the meridians, grouped into their Yin…

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    Ki

     (Only English version available) Ki is a fundamental concept in shiatsu as shiatsu is based on Chinese medicine. Therefore I would like to give you some insight into the subject of Ki. In literature a lot is written about Ki; the concept of Ki is being looked at from different perspectives. Below you will find a summary of one of those perspectives. It might be a challenge to understand, but give it a try! If you have any questions or comments about this post, please email me at info@shumara.nl. Ki’s meaning in a more general senseIn Chinese medicine Ki (‘Ki’ in Japanese or ‘Qi’ in Chinese) is a fundamental concept.…

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    Meridian exercises for an improved level of health

     (Only English version available) Find here all illustrations of the meridian exercises. Below I’m giving quite some background information to help you with the exercises. If it is too much, don’t worry, you can just scroll down and choose the pieces that are of interest to you:-) For doing the exercises it isn’t necessary to know all about Ki (energy) and the meridians (pathways of energy in the body). More important is learning to feel what is going on in your body. However, in case you are interested in these subjects, please just let me know. Introduction to the meridian exercisesShizuto Masunaga is the founder of Iokai Shiatsu (also known…

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    Shu, Shoku, Do, So

    Iedereen wordt geboren met een bepaalde hoeveelheid en kwaliteit van Ki (levensenergie). Dit heeft te maken met je genetische aanleg. Door te eten, drinken, ademen, bewegen, uitrusten verkrijg je nieuwe energie. Ook je relaties en omgeving spelen een grote rol. Om je hoeveelheid Ki te onderhouden en te voeden, zijn er volgens de shiatsu de volgende aspecten van belang: ● Shu – ademhalingVeel mensen ademen te oppervlakkig; een diepere ademhaling stimuleert een optimale bloedsomloop en doorstroming van Ki. Je kunt hier enkele momenten per dag wat meer aandacht aan besteden. Bewegen helpt ook om dieper te ademen. ● Shoku – spijsvertering (eten en drinken)Wanneer heb je echt trek? Of eet…

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    Shiatsu, een holistische benadering

    Volgens de shiatsu zijn lichaam en geest één. Hoe je je voelt, beïnvloedt de manier waarop de Ki (energie) door je lichaam stroomt en heeft hierom zijn effect op het lichaam. Omgekeerd geldt het ook: bijvoorbeeld, als je je lichamelijk moe voelt, heb je vaak minder zin om dingen te ondernemen en ben je misschien wat sneller geïrriteerd. Daarnaast speelt de Ki van de omgeving een grote rol. Alles staat in verband met elkaar! Als je gezond bent, stroomt de Ki vrij en gebalanceerd door de meridianen1. Als er echter iets aan de hand is op fysiek, emotioneel of spiritueel niveau, stagneert de Ki en kan er ziekte ontstaan. Bij…