Katzuho Nishi is a Japanese Aikido teacher and engineer who was physically very weak. Doctors didn’t believe he would survive over 20 years, so Katzuho’s parents did anything they could to save his life. Running out of options, they put him in a Buddhist monastery as a last resort, where the child learned swordplay and a lot about meditation.
As he grew older, Katzuho developed love for literature. He started reading books on both conventional and alternative medicine and he eventually wrote a book himself, in which he presented a technique that can strengthen our bodies. Katzuho wrote the book in 1927 at the age of 44. He managed to overcome his physical weakness and invented the Nishi Health System which relied on certain exercises such as “The Fish” which are aimed at improving a person’s health.
Below you can see 6 rules from Nishi’s book which will help you in cases of certain health problems.
A curvature in the back can create numerous problems in our body. Keeping your back healthy and strong is important for our organs, which is why you need to improve your posture. Nishi claimed that keeping your spine straight will make you 2 cm. taller and improve the function of your digestive and circulatory system.
Using a roller instead of a pillow
Scoliosis is one of the most common spinal problems around the world, affecting children and adults both. Although it’s hard to control our head position during the day, we can do it overnight. Nishi recommended sleeping with a solid roller under your neck instead of a pillow to prevent scoliosis and curvature of your spine.
The Goldfish exercise
Lie down on a flat surface and extend your hands up, keeping your soles straight. Now, stretch your left foot forward and your left hand up without raising them off the floor, hold for a few seconds, then repeat on the other side. Now, put the clasped hand under the neck and cross it over the 3rd and 4th vertebrae of your neck. Spread your feet to the sides next, then move left and right so your body vibrates. Do the Goldfish exercise for 2-3 minutes.
Improve your capillary circulation
Lie down on a mat or something similar and put a roller under your neck (3rd and 4th vertebrae). Now, raise your arms and legs and bend your knees and elbows a bit, then relax and start shaking them. Do the exercise for up to 3 minutes.
Joining arms and soles
Lie down on a mat and join your palms at the chest (solar plexus). Do the same with your soles. Now, start extending your arms and legs up and down while keeping them together – your arms should go from the breast over your head and your legs should be extended for as much as the soles are connected. Repeat the process with closed eyes for 10 minutes.
Spine and stomach exercise
Sit on the floor with your legs crossed and keep your spine straight. Now, bend your torso and head to the left shoulder and then to the right while swaying your upper body. Put your hands on the soles and raise your chin up a bit, then raise your hands to the sides and bend your elbows a bit. Bring your shoulder blades together while keeping your back straight and throw your head back, keeping it like that for 7 seconds. Repeat the exercise for 10 minutes.