According to Chinese traditional medicine the meridians are paths in which the energy of the body flows. Each meridian is connected to an organ than can benefit a lot from the exercises of stretching developed by Shizuto Mazunaga, founding father of a style of shiatsu. In this lesson we’ll see how to activate and stretch the meridian of the stomach, spleen and pancreas. The exercise can be done at home as well as in the garden or, since it’s summer, on the beach!
Let’s start with some preparatory exercises. Lay on the back on the yoga mat, spread your arms until you arrive at shoulder height and cross the right leg on the left one. Slowly, inhale and bring down the legs so crossed to the left while the head goes in the opposite direction. Arrive until it is possible for you and both the shoulders are on the yoga mat. By helping you with the strength of the arms against the yoga mat raise up the legs and exhale. Go on for some breaths, then change the body side.
Lie down on your back and hug knees up into chest. Make small movements to the right and to the left, it will be like a massage for the back. Then, sit down, your legs out straight. Grab your left ankle and rock your left leg, then repeat the exercise with the right leg.
Let’s practice with the stretching of the meridian of the stomach, spleen and pancreas. Get down on your knees and sit down between your heels, slowly, if you feel pain stop, your body will become more flexible with time. Bring the arms behind your back and lean the hands on the yoga mat, the head raises up. Stay in this pose for some breaths.
Try now to lean on the elbows, the head up. If you feel pain stop, on the contrary stay in the pose for some breaths.
You can stop to this step but it is also possible to go further with the stretching. Go on just if you don’t have pain. Try to lean on the shoulders and bring the arms over your head, breathe. Then return to the initial pose by helping yourself with the arms.