• To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

    - Buddha

Lesson # 5 – Stimulating Tsubos

3 Mistakes to Avoid when Stimulating a Tsubo

Approaching a Tsubo with Only Pressure is not enough to Activate the Benefits and Harmonize the Functional Activities of Your Body.

2007-07-25 Cara Michelle_010Manipulating a tsubo also requires the power of the Universe harnessed through your breath. This is why the previous two lessons focused on the art of developing the hara.

However using your Hara and breath to move Ki to and from the energy points, tsubos, does begin by learning the hands-on techniques, which involve locating the tsubo with thumb or finger. 

There are 3 mistakes often made when applying pressure to a tsubo. Knowing the 3 distinguishing features of the type of pressure that is most effective is essential for harnessing your internal energy and stimulating your body’s ability to heal naturally.

  • First, the angle of the pressure to the surface of your skin is key. Many people’s first and most frequent mistake is pressing at an angle that can break the circuit of energy or cause further stagnation.  The effect of a wrong angle can eliminate all the benefits of what you’re trying to achieve.  (Analogy:  if you play the violin with the bow held wrong, all you get is noise – not the melodic sound you’re hoping for!)
  • Second, you must use a specific type of non-pressure. The type of non-pressure is often a challenge for beginners.  And it’s not as simple as the rate of applying pressure or the rate of releasing pressure. There is a common mistake that I often see made by professionals. You need to know the distinct characteristic of non-pressure that will stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is necessary in order to activate your body’s ability to self-heal.  (Analogy: if you’re trying to soothe a crying baby then you wouldn’t pinch its cheek unless you’re trying to turn those cries into screams.)
  • And lastly, the type of non-pressure applied is crucial.  Too little will frustrate the tsubo and frustrate you. This results in fewer benefits or may even render the therapy completely ineffective.  Worse yet, too much non-pressure can actually cause more harm than good. (Analogy: think back to a time when you were procrastinating on an important assignment or avoiding a chore that needed to be done – did gentle prodding from someone finally get you to take care of business or was it brutal, drill sergeant demands that got you into action – the same with your tsubos, the right amount of “pressure” is key to a balanced tsubo doing its job right!)

You must learn the 3 rules of pressure to effectively stimulate a tsubo and gain the health benefits. The 3 rules are explained in full detail in my forthcoming DVD The Miller Meridian Method.

Whether you learn from my DVD course or another course available to you make sure that you learn to stimulate a tsubo in a variety of ways including the Fire and Water method. And be sure to learn the ancient Taoist technique that produces either heat or coolness internally.

These technique are as effective as an acupuncture treatment.

In order to stimulate your body’s natural healing process the intention must be focused and precise to affect below the superficial layers of your body. For you this experience can be deeply relaxing and it can also be felt as a comfortable ache, in some cases a tsubo will be too painful to touch.


Tsubos that are painful to the touch are too full of Ki, bodily fluids and toxins; the excess is causing a blockage in the muscle, in the meridian channel and in the tsubo.

Shizuto Masunaga, founder of Zen Shiatsu, referred to fullness of energy as a jitsu, whereas a deficiency resulting in relative ‘lifelessness’ is known as a kyo.

A competent healer must determine whether a tsubo is kyo (low energy) or jitsu (high energy) by the response to the healer’s touch.

Kyo and jitsu are linked in a continual cycle of cause and effect, in which the kyo (emptiness) causes the jitsu (activeness) in order to bring the body back to its natural balance.

Healing begins by balancing the kyo and jitsu in the physical, emotional and spiritual being. Complete balancing also includes freeing up the blocked or stuck areas in the movement of our feelings.

In Lesson #6, we will explore the functions of kyo and jitsu to create balance in everyday life.

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