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shibashi benefits

Shibashi is designed to strengthen the back and improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner. You will experience the benefits more quickly if you find the time to practice every day.


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  • circulation and digestion are helped -  improved by the gentle stretching and rocking movements
  • breathing and asthma type conditions are helped by the slow breathing and expansive arm movements
  • back and shoulders are helped by the expansive arm movements, gentle bends and gradual trunk turns
  • mental sharpness is increased by co-ordinating opposite side of body movements
  • And the overall effect of the exercise is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body.

    We do it because it is just wonderful to do! Imagine that, exercising for the sheer pleasure it gives you. Check out the exercise pages and give it a go - because you deserve it!

    If you need more persuasion, this is an ideal routine if you want to move on to the more traditional tai chi routines like the 24 Step form you'll find that some of them are already familiar.