The Makko Ho Exercises

The Makko Ho exercises are a set of stretches that activate the six meridian pairs. The exercises will be familiar to anyone with a passing interest in yoga, though they originated in the world of Shiatsu. Shiatsu is a form of Japanese acupressure that focusses on working the various meridians of the body rather than simply the acupuncture points. Each Makko Ho stretch aims to stimulate a pair of meridians, the order of stretches following the traditional cycle of meridians.

The stretches are: