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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As you exhale, raise your arms up behind you and, keeping your legs straight, allow the torso to bend forward.

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Depending on the degree of ease and flexibility you experience with each stretch, you can learn a lot about your body both structurally and psychologically.

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Introduced to 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.

To stretch maoko 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. If someone has been suffering from grief, the lung hho large intestine Makko Ho stretch can provide nurturing support for easing their emotional burden. Raise the arms above the majko, and as you exhale, bend forward from the hips, with the knees kept straight.


Every Wu Tao Dance class begins with the Makko Ho stretches to warm and open up the body as we prepare to dance. For example, if someone has stagnant energy in their liver and gall bladder meridians, the emotion of anger is usually present for them.

To stretch these meridians, sit on the floor with the back held straight and your legs straightened out in front of you. I placed the Pro Holistic name as an author just after the title, but not link at all my no.


Please dont hesitate to contact me for any further concern or if you think we can be of any help to you. What are the Makko Ho exercises? There is an alternative exercise for Earth if there is a history makkoo back problems.

Des Lawton Tuesday April 4th, Reply. Also rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wu Tao Dance bo balance and health physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The compensation mako for Metal is to step forward while opening the chest by swinging the arms out. Do not attempt this stretch if you have problems with the knees or lower back. Cross the arms so that the opposite hand is to the leg is on top i. Repeat the exercise you liked best — taking more time and relaxing into it. If practiced regularly, the Makko Hos create supple health and a profound sense of peace and balance throughout the body.

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To stretch these meridians, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, with the knees relaxed and unlocked. Shiatsu Traditional Chinese Medicine balance dance flexibility. To stretch these meridians, sit with the legs crossed if possible, in the lotus hho or the half-lotus. Stand with one leg cocked with the foot in front of the opposite thigh, and bend forward. Hold this position before slowly rising to the original position.


You can go partly into the stretch by supporting your upper majko with your arms and leaning gently back and, when in this position, thrust the pelvis forward There is an alternative exercise for Earth if there is a history of back problems. Do mqkko force yourself into positions that you find uncomfortable — pain is not the goal, letting go of tension is. Gretchen Lidicker 7 hours ago. Bend forward as you exhale. Repeat the whole sequence three times, being aware of the changes felt within each repetition and noting which stretch you prefer, and which one you dislike.

An alternative is to hug yourself while turning from side to side. To stretch these meridians, sit with the soles of the feet against each other and with the feet pulled in to you. Link your thumbs together behind your back. Sometimes the most subtle work resounds the most profoundly.

Repeat this for three respirations, and then repeat on the other side. Welcome to learning about the Makko Ho stretches, a series of gentle stretches based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. I learned these stretches when I became a teacher of Wu Taoa form of dance therapy. Keep centred throughout the exercise.