Japanese engineer and Aikido teacher Katsuzo Nishi was a very weak boy, and doctors told his parents that he would die before he turned 20. To improve his health, parents sent him to a Buddhist monastery. He spent 3 years there learning different meditation and swordplay techniques.
Still searching for other ways to improve his health, Katsuzo read lots of contemporary books written by modern doctors as well as ancient treatises about Eastern and European medicine. The result was that he ended up writing his own work in which he set out his own system for strengthening the body. The book was published in 1927 when the author was 44 years old.
Today, we at GIGGAG invite you to get acquainted with Katsuzo’s system, which has gained lots of followers around the world since it was first explained 90 years ago.
As we all know, spinal curvature can cause various problems for your internal organs. That’s why it’s very important to control your posture all day long, and even at night. Katsuzo claims that maintaining a straight spine allows you to be 2 cm (0.80 in) taller, and has a beneficial effect on both the work of the digestive organs and the circulatory system.
Japanese people believe that neck scoliosis is one of the first indications that a person’s life will be cut short. And while we can control the position of our head during the day, it’s harder to do so at night. That’s why Katsuzo recommends getting a solid pillow or a roller and placing the 3rd and 4th vertebrae of the neck on it.
At first, a roller will cause some discomfort, and that’s why you can wrap it in a couple of layers of fabric and then remove them one by one.
- Lie straight on a hard surface.
- Stretch your hands up.
- Place your soles perpendicular to the floor.
- Stretch your left sole forward and your left hand up without removing them from the floor. Repeat the same actions for the right sole and hand. Repeat the exercise for two minutes.
- Place your clasped hands under your neck, crossing them against the 3rd and the 4th vertebrae. Bring your legs together and slightly spread your feet out to the sides. Move your feet left and right so that you body vibrates. Repeat the exercise for two minutes.
- Lie on a hard and flat surface.
- Put a solid roller under the 3rd and 4th vertebrae of your neck.
- Raise your legs and arms, slightly bend your elbows and knees, and relax as much as possible.
- Shake your arms and legs. Repeat this exercise for 1-3 minutes.
Starting position: lie on a hard and flat surface and place a solid roller under the 3rd and 4th vertebrae of your neck. Bend your knees without removing them from the floor, and join the soles of your feet together. Repeat the exercise 10 times.
Starting position: sit cross-legged and clasp your “upper” sole; lower your shoulder a bit. Repeat each exercise 10 times. After each exercise perform the following: stretch out your arms in front of you, perpendicular to the floor. Bend your head leftward and look towards your back. Do the same for your right side. Perform the same actions with your hands up.
Katsuzo Nishi was sure that all we need to be healthy is already present within each of us. We just need to stop being lazy and use the priceless resources that we have.
Will you try to apply these methods? Or do you already practice any different, interesting exercises yourself? Share them with us!
Illustrated by Natalia Kulakova for BrightSide.me