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NISHI HEALTH TRAINING

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The Nishi System is a methodology for the maintenance and recovery of good health that was first introduced in 1927 by Katsuzo Nishi, who at the time was the chief technical engineer for Japans first subway project, the Tokyo subway. From childhood Nishi was weak of constitution, and realizing that the medical science of the day could not cure his ailments, he independently undertook in his late teens the study and practice of what would amount to some 360 types of folk cures and health methods, both ancient and contemporary, Oriental and Occidental. Adding to these his own theories about the dynamics of the human body based on the mechanical science he studied in his own specialty, civil engineering, he established the Nishi-shiki Health Method. THE NISHI SYSTEM His theories are characterized by the idea that, in spite of the fact that the human bone structure and positioning of the internal organs are basically the same as those evolved for the mammalian species that ambulate on four legs, human being have adopted a basically upright two-legged life style that places certain structural strains on the human bone structure, resulting in problems like obstruction of the flow of food through the intestines (constipation) due to the unnatural (vertical) positioning of the organs. As methods to compensate for these structural defects, Nishi conceived and encouraged the use of treatment through exercises such as the goldfish (movement) style spinal column rectification exercise and the Nishi-shiki health fortifying technique( (lateral vibration exercise know as the Haifuku Undo). Furthermore, based on the structure of the human network of arteries and veins, Nishi refuted the heart-driven blood circulation theory of William Harvey, proposing instead a theory that the capillaries provided the true driving force of the circulatory system. And, in order to compensate for the obstruction of circulation in the four limbs resulting from the human species vertical posture, he proposed the Capillary Action- Inducing exercise (Mokan Undo), which involves lying on the back, raising the arms and legs and applying a slight vibrating motion. Besides these exercises, Nishi also recommended methods making use of implements like a hard, half cylinder pillow, design to keep the cerebral vertebrae in the ideal position from a structural standpoint and a flat sleeping platform (flat board) designed to do the same for the vertebrae of the spinal column. He also recommended the use for a hand (touch) healing method equivalent to what is known today as the Chinese kiko method using the flat of the hand. Combining these six basic methods with fasting therapy intended to prevent the harmful effects of constipation and the regular use of magnesium hydroxide as a laxative constitutes the fundamentals of the Nishi shiki Health Method. That is what Katsuzo Nishi wrote in his book: Sickly and weak since early childhood I was, when still a boy, given what was virtually a death sentence by a certain well-known physician: This young fellow, I am sorry to say, will never reach the age of twenty. But today I am approaching the age that is three times twenty and this, be it noted, after having been actively engaged in engineering work for thirty long years and with stamina enough to have never missed a days work during the last twenty of these years. This health, for which I am so grateful, however, did not come to me by chance. I had to struggle for it. But, leaving the story of that struggle to be told in another part of this

book, I wish simply to state here that what I am today I owe to my original methods of health building- methods which are a precious outcome of years of careful study of nearly every theory of health and preventative medicine to be found in the world, of endless experimentation, from the standpoint of modern medical science, of the knowledge so acquired. Some points of Nishi System

"No more disease"- is a slogan of the Nishi Medicine. Disease is a symptom or cure. The heart is not a pump, but the sac or tank. The prime blood mover lies in the capillary network. The secret of health is, in short, the way to the ONE. Every human being is a living tetrahedron integrated as the ONE by the four primary elements, namely Skin, Nutrition, Limb and Mind. Heart tonic is danger to life. Shake the injured limb held higher than the heart level and the wound will instantly be healed. Do not afraid of hypertension. The glomus is an emergency controller. Health, freedom from disease, longevity and eternal youth depend entirely on wise and proper application and utilization of Skin, Nutrition, Limb and Mind.

The flat bed The bed on which you lie should be flat and hard as much as possible and the coverlet should be light without your having to fell cold. read more

The solid pillow When using the solid pillow you should lie flat and place the neck on the pillow so that the third or fourth cervical vertebr a may be properl

The goldfish exercise The Goldfish Exercise is to be practiced as follows: first lie straight on ones face or ones back, then bend back the toes towards the body as far as possible read more

y rested on it. read more The capilarity exercise To practice the Capillarity Exercise, first lie flat on the back, raise the head slightly by placing a pillow or cushion under it read more The palm and sole First, lie flat on the back, and hold both arms over the breast; then, opening both hands, join the finger-tips each with the other read more The dorso ventral Preparatory exercise consisting of eleven movements is to be practiced; the time required for this exercise is one minute read more

THE FLAT BED

What to do: The bed on which you lie should be flat and hard as much as possible and the coverlet should be light without your having to fell cold. You must try to lie flat on this bed. Effects: When the body is placed this flat on a hard leveled bed, the weight is most equitably distributed, the muscles are given he maximum relaxation; and any subluxation or deflexure of the spine caused by the upright posture during the daytime is easily corrected; furthermore, the very hardness of the bed secures the functional activities of the skin and prevents the liver from becoming sluggish and moreover stimulates the veins distributed superficially all over he body so as to promote the return of the blood towards the heart. This in turn leads to the inversing activity of the liver, with the result that all the waste matter which have been deposited during the daytime will be swept away from the body and the motor nerves will be kept from any undue pressure or strain. Moreover the intestines will be secured against constipation or stasis. This you will be sure to get a good sleep and awake the next morning quite refreshed mentally or physically. THE GOLDFISH EXERCISE

What to do: The Goldfish Exercise is to be practiced as follows: first lie straight on ones face or ones back, then bend back the toes towards the body as far as possible and place both and under the neck, crossing them against the fourth or the fifth cervical vertebra: and, in this position, oscillate the whole body just as a swimming goldfish does. This exercise should be taken for a minute of two in once in the morning and also in the evening. Effects: The Goldfish exercise which aims at spinal readjustment is a sure way to correct scoliosis, adjust any deviated vertebra, relieve undue strains of the spinal nerves as well as paralysis of the peripheral nerves and secure and unhampered and normal circulation of the blood. Not only that it stimulates the production of the red blood cells in the marrow, increases the tension of the sympathetic nerves, contracts the superficial vessels distributed all over the body and, furthermore, moves the bowels regularly and lastly keeps and equilibrium between the two main nervous systems which run along each side of the body and establishes a desired harmony in the entire organism. THE CAPILLARITY EXERCISE

What to do: To practice the Capillarity Exercise, first lie flat on the back, raise the head slightly by placing a pillow or cushion under it: stretch forward as straight as possible both arms and legs, keeping the soles of the feet parallel to the bed or the floor, and, with the body in such a position, give both arms and legs vibratory movement. This exercise should be kept up for one or two minutes in the morning and also in the evening. Effects: This exercise which gives rise to capillary phenomenon will prove fruitful regulating properly the valves of the veins in the limbs, so as to stimulate the flow of the blood, and also promoting the movement and renewal of the lymphatic fluid. As this exercise gives rise to capillarity in the limbs and draws the blood there, it naturally follows that the improvement of the general blood circulation will ensue. This exercise has also effect of preventing parasites and other germs from invading the body and , at the same time, helping to activate to a suitable degree the various organs of the body.

THE PALM AND SOLE JOINING EXERCISE

Palm and sole joining exercise What to do: First, lie flat on the back, and hold both arms over the breast; then, opening both hands, join the finger-tips each with the other, and press and relax them several times; next, move the hands forward and backward, with the finger-tips joined; finally join both palms over the breast. This is the first phase of this exercise. The second phase of this exercise is as follows; Keeping the body lie flat on the back, stretch both legs over the body, with the knees bended; joining both soles, move the legs forward an backward ten times within a distance of about one and half times the legs length; then joining both palms and soles remain quiet for five or ten minutes. Effects: This exercise is of great use of health, becaus