Do-in

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are

Chinese saying

Do-In, what is it?

Do-In means, loosely translated, ‘The way in, flow of energy’. It is a Japanese yoga form which improves your body awareness and helps you release unnecessary tension and anxiety. Specific stretches following the meridians (energy channels-lines), breathing exercises and acupressure massage supports your flexibility as well as your vitality. Many experience a stabilizing effect on their body-soul as a whole. The beauty of Do-In is you can do it everywhere, any time. You don’t need special clothing or equipment. -Comfortable clothing might serve you doing certain stretches obviously;) – Do-In can become a moment of moving meditation amidst our fully scheduled daily life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Do-In belongs to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a body of knowledge on natural remedies of which the earliest known written record date back 4000 years ago. At the core of this is an intuitive observation that there is a wholeness in all living on earth. As a human we are expressing this complex dynamic oneness. To maintain a good health and strong vitality it is important not to disrupt these natural dynamics excessively.
There are many factors affecting the balance of your physical-mental well-being, like healthy eating, physical activity and a good balance between labor and relaxation. But also, your environment and the change of seasons, that comes with changes of light and temperature, can have a huge impact on your overall sense of resilience. Physically, mentally and emotionally. All influences the whole, that’s how nature works.
Do-In exercises can make you aware of these dynamics in yourself. Over time you’ll notice the differences in performing the exact same exercise. You’ll develop your listening skills and better understand what your own body-mind is telling you. It will start a lifelong conversation in which you might experience the inner beauty and strength of your living energy.

Yin and Yang principle

All the Taoist exercises, shaping the Do-In forms, are related to the underlying Yin–Yang principle. The famous symbol shows in all its simplicity the whole Taoist concept of life. The same as for Do-In. The circle symbolizes the never-ending unity of all life, the wave between the black and white symbolizes the innate movement in all that lives. The black side is the Yin: the silent, inner, supportive, female aspect in all life. The white side is the Yang, the active, directed outwards, creating, male aspect in all life. All living, including you and me, are made out of the synergy of these two. They are opposites but need each other right because of this. The silent Yin needs the expressive balancing power of Yang, as the Yang needs the restrictive balancing power of Yin to avoid a burn out. It’s the little black dot in the white Yang, and the little white dot in the black Yin, symbolizing that where Yang becomes excessive yin enters the stage and the other way round.

All the Taoist exercises, shaping the Do-In forms, are related to the underlying Yin–Yang principle. The famous symbol shows in all its simplicity the whole Taoist concept of life. The same as for Do-In. The circle symbolizes the never-ending unity of all life, the wave between the black and white symbolizes the innate movement in all that lives. The black side is the Yin: the silent, inner, supportive, female aspect in all life. The white side is the Yang, the active, directed outwards, creating, male aspect in all life. All living, including you and me, are made out of the synergy of these two. They are opposites but need each other right because of this. The silent Yin needs the expressive balancing power of Yang, as the Yang needs the restrictive balancing power of Yin to avoid a burn out. It’s the little black dot in the white Yang, and the little white dot in the black Yin, symbolizing that where Yang becomes excessive yin enters the stage and the other way round.

Growing awareness

Do-In allows you to become aware of this Yin-Yang dynamic within yourself. It’s why everyone is performing and experiencing the exercise in his or her own unique way. It’s the beauty of Do-In that it allows us to be who we are and it invites us to explore the inner movement of the exercises. Doing so it grounds you and get you centered, giving mental clarity and better posture. The simplicity of Do-In exercises is in fact challenging you. You’ll train your body to notice it’s physical limits at that specific moment in time while performing a meridian stretch. And you’ll discover the enormous impact of holding a simple stretch for a longer time. This growing inner awareness will serve you as well during daily life.

Shiatsu treatment takes 1,5 hour and is with clothes on. Wear comfortable, light clothes. During shiatsu massage therapy you lie down on a futon, a thick cotton mat on the floor. If necessary, there are cushions for support, and if lying down gives you trouble, we’ll find a solution for that. Shiatsu can be given in a seated position as well. Afterwards there is time to share, or enjoy a moment of silence by yourself.

Possibilities

Private consultation

A Do-In private consultation takes about 1,5 hour. Together we’ll go into your specific questions or symptoms that cause you trouble. We’ll perform selected Do-In exercises, which will give more information on where your natural inner Ki-energy flow got stuck. I’ll send you written information afterwards of the beneficial exercises you can take home.

When you prefer a more active approach, compared to shiatsu treatment, this might be something fun for you. Welcome to try out.

Lessons

If you are interested in Do-In lessons, please contact me. I’ll keep you posted on the possibilities online and live. There is ‘Do-in on the Go’, online, besides live teachings. And a specific Do-In course for people with various types of arthritis and people who are visually and/or hearing impaired is being developed.

If you are interested in Do-In lessons, please contact me. I’ll keep you posted on the possibilities online and live. There is ‘Do-in on the Go’ online, besides live teachings. A specific Do-In course for people with various types of arthritis and people who are visually and/or hearing impaired is being developed.

Curious?

Workshop

Another possibility is a Do-In workshop, often using one central theme.

Themes could be: letting go, seasons, Ki-flow in your body, Yin-Yang dynamics, stiff neck-shoulder-back, energy management, stress management, etc.

A workshop is on request and adjusted to your specific wishes. Please send me an e-mail if you want more information.