Do In is not well known and yet it is one of the oldest mind-body approaches. It is at the origin of all the physical, mental and spiritual exercises found in many practices such as meditation, yoga, martial arts and other methods of personal development. Sometimes called Japanese Yoga, Do In is presented in the form of movements, pressure, stretching, whose goal is to boost the energy flow of the body. It is based on traditional Chinese medicine. The term Do means “to lead, to guide the energy in the body”, et the term In means “to stretch, to pull, to tighten”.
Originating from Japan, Do In is one of those practices that have their roots in the traditions of the Far East.
The beginning of the Do In is therefore difficult to date since there have always existed physical, mental and spiritual practices but its presence is estimated to be 10,000 years ago.
Self-massage, also known as Auto Shiatsu, is a stimulation of the body through pressure with the thumbs, palms, friction, tapping on the body’s meridian lines, along muscles or nerve plexuses and on acupuncture points.
It is a natural adjustment of the whole body.
Do In means “to stretch, to pull, to tighten”. Through postures, stretching allows the vital energy, called Qi, to circulate along the meridians.
Each meridian is connected to an organ and a viscera. Thus, Do In mobilizes the energy of the Liver, Gallbladder, Heart, Small Intestine, Spleen, Stomach, Lung, Large Intestine, Kidney and Bladder.
A true method of understanding oneself, the functioning of one’s body and self-treatment, Do In is a complete art at the service of well-being and health.
Breathing is an important component of Do In. We learn to synchronize the breath and the movements to promote the circulation of energy, but also to mobilize the diaphragm to release all the tensions of the body.
Its link with traditional Chinese medicine makes it an essential practice for anyone interested in acupuncture, Shiatsu, Qi gong, Tai chi, but also for all those who are passionate about ayurveda, yoga who add to their practice the understanding of the Tao, the meridians, the Yin and Yang, the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth…), the cycle of the seasons.
In general, practitioners of alternative medicine will find a practical – and not only theoretical – knowledge of the Taoist vision and Chinese energetics.
The Do In has a triple action: physiological, energetic and emotional.
It stimulates the different systems and functions of the body such as the hormonal, digestive, nervous, circulatory and muscular spheres. By acting on the acupressure points, it promotes an energetic rebalancing of the internal organs: liver, stomach, intestine, heart, kidneys.
By doing Do In, we quickly arrive at a calming of the body and mind. Following the sessions, many students tell me that they have calmed down mentally. They are more patient, less irritable, they are able to relativize more easily… In particular thanks to the breathing, the time of rest and calmness felt in the postures.
It is an excellent practice to regulate the nervous system. If you are on edge, hyperactive, overly tense, nervous, anxious, if you have trouble sleeping…the Do In is probably for you.
From a physical point of view, the weekly practice restores flexibility and mobility. It allows to remove muscular blockages such as tension in the back or shoulders.
After a few sessions, the back pain of many students is gone and the men are even surprised to feel less stiff. It is a practice where we become aware of our body and where we feel the circulation of the energy in us being made, circulating, unblocking.
It is a real global work on the body and the spirit where we put in movement the circulation of the energies of the body. Lhe Do in releases blockages and tensions, restores tonicity, maintains a well-being and relaxation that promotes health.
Each session can be very different depending on the objectives sought.
It can start with some relaxation of the joints, followed by gentle and progressive mobilizations and stretching. You can decide to focus the class on self-massage or stretching, or combine the two.
In fact, the goal is to “reproduce” a shiatsu session on oneself. And the effect is guaranteed!
Concerning the stretching, These are postures that are held for several seconds/minutes. The focus is on feeling, breathing, visualization and relaxation. The relaxation is immediate and the desire to take a nap is present at the end of the course.
If you want to make the practice more dynamic, it is possible to create a more “Yang” course, which gives a morning boost. “Yang”, which gives a morning boost to the body.. The length of the course, the types of acupressure and stretching points can be used.
This is exactly what I like about Do in: the freedom and variety of practice that allows for adaptation to each person’s needs.
My approach is unique because it combines Eastern and Western knowledge.
I take care of my students with a Do In that will stimulate their immunity, help them sleep better, digest better with 4 focus actions:
- The immune system (colds, etc.)
- The Nervous System (stress, sleep, etc.)
- The Digestive System
- The Hormonal System (gynecological, happiness hormones, etc.)
I particularly like the meridian stretches that allow for a greater connection with oneself. During each class, we dive into the universe of organs, elements and seasons.
My specialty is therefore to create courses where energy and the symbolism of the organs (liver, heart, spleen…) is in the spotlight.
Do In has been a journey of body, physical and mental development for me that has led me to a greater knowledge of my body and to really enter the arena of ĺa life with the right tools.
To understand the cycle of the seasons, the elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water), the organs, and how to exploit them in my favorIt is the deciphering of a universal language, of an ancestral knowledge.
In my classes, it was not uncommon to find people who had been practicing yoga for decades, gymnasts, and people who were “passionate” about the body, about movement, and about feeling the body.
However, the Do In has no intention of getting us to perform. Rather, it leads us to transform ourselves, to feel, to vibrate, to experience and integrate these principles of life. Because it is by integrating the theory of Chinese medicine and the practice of Do In that the magic happens.
We go from knowledge, to know-how, to knowing how to be.
To do Do In, you need very little material.
However, for an optimal comfort I always recommend to have in your possession a good yoga mat.
Knowing that you will be sitting, lying down, crawling, standing… the postures are not linked quickly. You need a carpet quite thick, soft, which protects from the hardness of the ground.
A second must-have is the meditation cushion. It can be used for the phases of self-massage where you will be sitting on it, but also for the postures, as a support and ally to avoid hurting yourself.
The Do In is indicated for all: children, adults… I even had an 86 year old student in my classes! In general, the Do In is indicated for anyone who is qualified to do yoga.
In fact, I have a large number of practitioners who already do yoga and who are curious to open up to a different style that connects them to traditional Chinese medicine.
Moreover, the stretching postures being slower, they allow a good knowledge by the body of the body of the meridians and to refine its feeling to know itself better.
It is both a dynamic, joyful and relaxing practice as well as an introspective practice.
This article was written by Stéphanie Atsé, Shiatsu and Do In practitioner since 2011.
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