Dao-yin (or Do-In) is an alternative medicine method of massage, originating in Japan, with some similarities to shiatsu and acupressure. This modality operates on the principle of increasing the flow of ki (Japanese version of qi), the body's life energy. Most frequently this type of massage is performed by oneself. Its proponents claim that dao-yin (pronounced "dow in) can maintain wellness when used daily. As well, this health measure can improve skin and muscle tone, thanks to the promotion of circulation of blood, providing nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. By this means, toxins are moved out of the system by such manipulation of the body.
Dao-yin involves controlling of the breath, as in the case of pranic breathing, plus meditation to keep you focused during the session. In this respect it has also been compared to yoga. Other aspects include stretching, which also increases circulation, helps breathing, and limbers up the muscles. Lightly tapping on the various acupressure points, in addition to the direct pressure on these locations, is a major part of this therapy.
This type of exercise/massage is ideal for those who, for whatever reason, are unable to afford regular massage treatment. Thanks to the increasing costs of health care in general, such services are often inaccessible to those without the means to cover it themselves. How many aches and pains not to mention general health difficulties could be remedied at home, using dao-yin? Our aging Baby-Boomer population, not to mention others, is experiencing more and more daily aches and pains. Isn't it time people took a hand in their own health matters, to control whatever ailments they can?
Dao-yin may be learned quite easily and practiced in groups either on an on-going basis or until you are satisfied with doing it on your own. Here in LA County there is a group that serves the purpose of learning and continual growth in this field. With an initial low cost, and a supportive atmosphere, The Gateway (see http://www.meetup.com/TheGATEWAYPortal/e
To learn more about their dao-yin classes, held Tuesday nights from 6 to 7 PM (located at 2503 S. Barrington Ave., West LA), call Tony Camacho, the founder, at: 310-479-0430, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.