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DO-IN

"Do-In" is a self-massage technique that consists of rubbing, applying pressure, and stretches; it's an ideal way to relax, become more conscious of your body, and care for your health. Learn more about this relaxing activity.

 

Do-In: the science and art of self-massage

Do-In is part of Chinese traditional preventative medicine consisting of a self-massage therapeutic activity that combines rubbing, applying pressure, and stretches. A close relative of acupuncture, shiatsu and acupressure (acupuncture without needles), the objective of Do-In is to bring the body into harmony with the universal life force that is present in each one of us.

 

Do-In combines science and art into a single activity that is a great way to relax, become more conscious of your body, and care for your health. It has many virtues, and it can be practised by anyone. Start benefiting from it today!

 

Do-In in three words

  • Relaxation: the ultimate goal of Do-In is relaxation, attaining a state of happiness, and well-being. Because its techniques are based on stimulating the body's pressure points, the body must be in a relaxed state in order to feel and benefit from the stimuli. However, it is also an active relaxation since self-massage must be vigorous in order to stimulate the body and bring it into balance. When practised in the morning, Do-In awakens and activates the body. When practised in the evening, it helps the body effectively prepare for sleep.

 

  • Prevention: In the Chinese tradition, Do-In is called the "ultimate medicine" for its perceived benefits in terms of preserving good health, increasing the body's resistance to illness, and even slowing ageing by connecting with the universal life force. It is a safe, risk-free activity that does not require in-depth understanding or knowledge about this life force. One of Do-In's major objectives is to prevent and treat any bodily malfunctions, thus increasing our overall level of health.

 

  • Harmonisation: The term "Do-In" comes from "Tao-Inn". Tao symbolises the universal life force that surrounds us all, the source of all life itself. Therefore the "Tao-Inn" means to reintegrate with the Tao, or bring our body into harmony with this universal life force. "Do-In" is characterised by a series of actions which act on our energy circulation, thus bringing our body into balance.

 

Practising Do-In

A Do-In session includes rubbing, pressing on and stretching many parts of the body. It usually starts with stimulating the upper body and face: forehead, skull, nose, cheeks, eyelids, ears, etc. This is followed by the neck, nape, and shoulders. Spend extra time massaging your hands and wrists as they are full of nerve endings and therefore more sensitive to pressure. Lastly, wrap up your self-massage with the legs and feet, spending extra time on both of these. In order to get the most out of Do-In, it's important to control your breathing throughout the entire session.

 

When getting started with Do-In, you should seek advice from a specialized coach who can teach you how to correctly practise Do-In in order to get effective results. You will then be able to freely practise Do-In at home on your own.

 

Benefits

  • Do-In teaches you to know your body better and become more conscious of how you feel.
  • It increases your concentration.
  • It helps you warm up, loosen and stretch your joints, muscles and nerves.
  • It builds vitality, self-confidence and robustness.
  • It helps you to become fully aware of the vital life force.
  • It allows the body to completely and fully relax
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