The Makko Ho are a series of simple stretches designed to help re-align your body, while at the same time promoting health by stretching your meridians. This set of Makko Ho stretches were devised by Shizuto Massunaga who used them in conjunction with Shiatsu to promote health and wellbeing.
Sitting at a computer for long stretches can lead to all sorts of nasty problems like back ache or repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome. Staring at the computer screen can also cause eye strain, neck pain and headaches. and some research has show that you blink less often when working on a computer so your eyes can also get very dry and become bloodshot.
There are various ways to combat the potential problems of long hours at the computer. I’ll expand on some of them in the future, but we can break things down into:
Posture – how you sit at your workplace
Breath – keeping your breathing calm and even without unnecessary tension
Breaks – taking frequent breaks, refocussing your eyes, or doing other tasks
Blink – remember to blink
Stretch – taking time out to stretch will help prevent many aches and pain
If you are experiencing any neck or shoulder pain or any other symptoms of sitting too long in front of the computer, take some time out now – get up, go get a glass of water, walk around a little, look out the window. These little things can help in a big way.