Sequel: Hammering is not enough!

If you’ve watched the Manaka Hammer video, I have to tell you that it is not the only way to get rid of Dampness, and by itself it may not be enough.  Dampness is quite hard to shift – it’s sticky stuff.  so as well as using points to shift dampness, you probably have to strengthen your Spleen and Stomach functions.  Food is a great way of shifting Dampness and supporting your Spleen.

Here’s a little display of some of the foods that help remove Dampness

Foods to shift dampness

So these are great to eat or drink  but the bad news is that you have to cut out some foods and drinks as well, as they engender Dampness.  I did have quite a lot of these in my kitchen.  They are mainly for my husband, of course.

Foods that engender Dampness

And also sugary, yeasty drinks.  Oh no, not…….


Yep, I’m afraid so.  Step away from the Prosecco, Carola, it will go straight to your left hip.

Shiatsu “tools” like the Manaka Hammer and Peg for when your hands are tired

Here’s a video on how you might use some tools to help you achieve a specifically dispersing effect or simply for ease in applying pressure if your hands are tired or weak.

The first is the MANAKA HAMMER AND PEG.  Yoshio Manaka (1911-1989) was a gifted physician, acupuncturist and Shiatsu therapist.  His work has influenced such notable figures as Kiiko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch, who have written some of the most insightful books on Japanese energy medicine.

I use the Manaka Hammer and Peg to shift stubbornly resistant areas of congestion, that I have diagnosed via the tongue as being due to an excess condition such as Dampness or Stagnation.  Because it vibrates the body tissues, it is a really useful “mover and shaker”.  I say it in the video and I repeat it here, Don’t use it indiscriminately for any pain, as pain or stiffness can be due to deficiency or kyo, and don’t over-use it, especially on frail or weak receivers.  It works best if you use it on meridians and points.

You can use other massage tools in between the metatarsals and metacarpals and work them into the webs between fingers and toes.  It is a refreshing way of  clearing the ends of the meridians, that can get clogged. You can do this with your hands too, of course, but the tool makes it easier.  With oil or without, over socks or on the skin, it is a nice move that many people enjoy and is quite effective.

Have a look at the video!