It’s a bit interesting that most Japanese believe that curved neck is one of the first signs of a short life. Why do they think so? What is the reason? Well, let’s get this sorted out, guys!
Japanese engineer and master of Aikido, Katsuzo Nishi has been very painful since childhood. His attending physician told his parents that the boy would die before reaching the age of 20. In order to strengthen the health of the boy, his parents sent Katsuzo to the monastery, where he spent 3 years.
Searching for ways to improve his health, Nishi read not only many books of modern doctors, but also ancient treatises on Eastern and European medicine. The result of many years of work was “the work of Katsuzo”, in which he describes the system he created for the body’s recovery. The work was published in 1927, when the author was 44 years old.
Here are 6 health tricks from Katsuzo Nishi:
#1. Hard Bed
The curvature of the spine, which is not so rare, can lead to various diseases of internal organs. Therefore, you need to monitor your posture and pose not only during the day, but also at night. Nishi considered that the straight spine makes a person higher by a couple of centimeters, and also positively affects the work of the digestive system.
#2. Solid Pillow instead of Soft Pillow
It is very interesting that most Japanese believe that curved neck is one of the first signs of a short life. During sleep, it is difficult for us to control the position of our neck, that is why Nishi recommends replacing the usual pillow with a solid pillow that will lie in such a way that your 3rd and 4th vertebrae will lie on it. At first it will cause discomfort, so wind the pillow with something soft, eventually removing these layers.
#3. Exercise “Goldfish”
Lie on your back on a flat surface, either the bed or the floor, faced upwards, and stretching your hands as much as you can. Then, put your hands behind your head, making sure that your legs are completely straight positioned and that your feet are at a right angle to the fuselage. Your toes should strive for the face, while your heels and thighs rest on the floor.
Put your hands under the cervical vertebrae, and bend your elbows, so that your entire body weight is put on the floor. Put your legs together, making sure that your toes tend to face all the bumps (the neck, the shoulders, the pelvis, the sheets). When you take this position, begin with a quick wiggle or vibration of the body from right to left, similarly to a fish that swims fast. However, make sure that your backbone is stationary while you do this.
If you imagine that you are a fish, your body is going to begin vibrating itself. Perform this exercise up to a minute or two (or until you count to 120 or 240).
#4. Improvement of Capillary Circulation
Lie on your back on a flat surface. Place the solid pillow under the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae. Lift your arms and legs up, slightly bend and relax them in the elbows and knees. Start making the vibrating movements with your arms and legs. Do this exercise for 1 to 3 minutes.
#5. Palm and Sole Joining Exercise
Lie on a flat surface and place the solid pillow under the 3rd and 4th cervical vertebrae, holding both arms over the breast. Assure both your hands fingertips are pressed together. Press and relax them several times. Move the hands forward and backward several times, with the fingertips and palms still tightly pressed together. Reposition both palms over the breast, completing the first phase of this exercise.
Starting the second portion of this exercise, continue keeping the body lie flat on the back. Stretch both legs, with bent knees. Joining soles, move the legs forward and backward for ten times within a distance of about one and half times the leg’s length. With connected both palms and soles, stay in this position for five or ten minutes. As done, get a rest for 2 minutes, before you get up.
#6. Stomach and Spine
Sit on the floor in a lotus pose. Move the shoulders up and down, helping to release tension. Bend the head rightward to strain the left side of the neck to stimulate the pumping action of the thoracic duct. Bend the head leftward to stimulating the jugular vein and lymphatic gland in the right neck. Bend the head forward. Bend the head backward. Turn the head right backward. Turn the head left backward.
All these exercises should be repeated 10 times each. Stretch out both arms horizontally and turn the head right and left one time. Raise up both arms in parallel, palm to palm, and turn the head right once and left once. Pull down both upheld arms on the level of shoulders, bending each arm at the elbow, forming firm fists. Draw as far backward as possible, both arms as in the same position above, and turn the head backwards with the chin stretched upwards as far as possible.