“Shikyu” is the Japanese word for a womb. “Shikyu-chan” (small womb, “Womby”) was created to remind us how life begins, and how life should be, accepting with no questions or barriers. The Shikyu-chan gently cradles the Earth (“Chikyuin Japanese language) in arms protecting and nurturing all life within.

This is not just a cute toy, but a Self Help Item that helps us to calm down and relax in any stressful situation. The smooth surface of The Shiku-chan has been chosen as the most natural and comfortable when held in the palm of ones hand.

Try to gently grip the Shikyu-chan.  It could take 30 to 60 minutes before holding it no longer feels foreign and you will be embraced in harmony.


The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan (ver.01).wmv

The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan (ver.01rus).wmv
(in Russian language)

The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan (ver.02) Pregnancy.wmv

The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan (ver.02) Pregnancy.wmv
(in Russian language)

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  in Russian  

Tatiana A. ROMANOVA 

A touch sensitivity or tactition it is the first among fife life sensations what an embryo of 12 weeks old obtains in the development progress. That meant each of us had the very first experience to communicate with the world by touching the inner uterus wall. Then we had the first response from the world by being touched back. Feeling the uterus wall discovers for us that there is exists the World and we realized that stay here not alone.

“In recent years, a wave of studies has documented some incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from touch. This research is suggesting that touch is truly fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health.” (Dr. Dacher Keltner)

Physiology of touch-relaxation effect (see more)

When somebody touches us, there's pressure pushing on the skin at the point of contact. And just under the skin are pressure receptors called "Pacinian corpuscles. They receive pressure stimulation, and the pressure receptors send a signal to the brain. A touch activates the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex, which is linked to feelings of reward and compassion. Touch signals safety and trust, it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve (n. vagus), one of the 12 cranial nerves in the brain, which in turn slows the heart and decreases the production of stress hormones including cortisol (hydrocortisone). The same time it triggers release of oxytocin, AKA “the love hormone” or "cuddle hormone", what makes feel more trusting and connected.(Dr. Dacher Keltner, Dr. Matt Hertenstein and Dr.Tiffany Field).

Why to hold something is good for relaxation?

When we touch something it also “touches” us. Our body is balancing a temperature with something or someone during holding or hugging it. Then the phenomenal effect arises: our spatial sensation change and our inner space increase. Now “we” are bigger on the size of the subject or object that we interact with. The walls of our private box move aside and we are getting opener to the Universe.

A benefit of this practice is an ability to be less vulnerable, more adoptable and accept easier any hard situations what we face each day. The touch relaxation practice turns us from a “hard nut” what can be crushed down by any powerful blow, to a “soft ball”, what just reflect it and back to previous condition very next time. 

We recommend the Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan © for any people under any life circumstances.

If you are a hard-working man or business-woman, busy housewife and mother, to-mush-learning student; you are far away from your close person and relative, you feel lonely – © The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan is match to you.

© The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan and pregnancy

If you are pregnant, pick Shikyu-chan yourself and prectice with it.

     Obstetricians, midwifes and nurses may suggest © The Self-relaxation Practice with 

1.    for pregnant women, it helps them to develop connection to their baby, to activate a touch sensation helps to raise a positive feeling for baby’s movement into the womb. That practice establishes inner communication between mother and baby without an interruption from external world. A flow of contradictory Information will not able to put pregnant woman to worry and panic condition;

2.    for women in labor, it helps them to keep their mind and body under control during the labor pain. Holding the Shikyu-chan makes women in labot to feel much protected by natural love. It is really supportive in that hard time;

3.    for women after delivery, it help to feel not lonely. During 10 months of pregnancy woman was a center of people's attention and support, then, after her baby was born, all concerns were shifted to newborn infant. © The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan simply can give her to feel physical touch and shrink feeling of loneliness.  

4.   for women who are going to or trying to get pregnant for while,  © The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan could be one of an infertility treatment approach. 

        Caregivers may suggest © The Self-relaxation Practice with Shikyu-chan for people in grief after lost their loved one, patient who suffer with pain and in termination stage. In all of these physical and mental conditions to feel someone’s “hand” in own palm is very supportive.

How to practice

There is no any especial way to practice. Just softly squeeze the Shikyu-chan in your palm for 30 – 60 minutes. During this time try do not think about anything in particular.

Some people who practice the Self-relaxation with Shikyu-chan image themselves a womb what embraces and accepts of fragile embryo – Shikyu-chan.   





       womb conscious (2010)  shikyu-chan (2008)