Well, we are clearly past the midpoint of summer and the skies of Belgium has not been spectacular this summer! According the healing methodology of 5 elements in Traditinal Chineese Medicine, summer belongs to the element Fire. It is symbolic of maximum activity or greatest yang, which means that it is a time of heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives. In human anatomy, the heart, mind, and spirit are ruled by the fire element. Thus, top priority should be given to the heart, mind, and spirit for staying healthy in summer. The organs associated with the Fire Element are the Heart and the Small Intestines.
However, living in Belgium means living in it's excessively damp climate and locations with an immersion in water or exposure to rain!Dampness is associated with the element earth and is most active in late summer.
In the summer the surface pores on the body are open and because summer is humid, the pathogenic factors, which cause diseases in this season always mix with dampness. If you experience abdominal pains, vomiting, intestinal spasms, diarrhea, aching joints, and heaviness in the chest you are in symbols and characteristically heavy and sluggishof dampness. In nature this tend to block the flow of energy throughout the body. "Inner-dampness" is also caused by excess cold consumption of liquor, tea, cold melons, and sweet, greasy foods. These impede spleen functions.
If Your Fire is Out of Balance…
Heart imbalances lead to palpitations, chest pressure ,confusion, anxiety, poor memory, fever, panic attacks, insomnia and incessant chatter. If you are out of balance and notice these symptoms then don't wait to fall sick, schedual your shiatsu appointement today.
Here are some tips on balancing your Fire Energy
-Consider a healthy, nutritional diet, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise this can keep our physical form at it's best
-Absorb the Sun’s Nourishment
- Eat Smaller Lighter Meals
- Drink Plenty of Water
- Rest to Prevent "Burnout"
- Express Your Joy and Love
- "Light Up" and Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously
- Schedule a Shiatsu, or Private Yoga Session.
-Bitter is the healing flavor associated with the fire element, so add dandelion greens or nasturtium leaves to a salad as this will help boost your immune system and Stay well and balanced!
Did you know that the Element of Fire..
- Provides a home for the Spirit
- Governs the Mind and is responsible for the quality of our thoughts and memory, the state of our consciousness and how well we sleep?
- Is associated with the thymus gland which maintains a healthy immune system?
- Opens into the tongue? The tongue expresses the depth of our heart and physically tells the condition of the heart.
People with a lot of Fire...
Are fun and full of life!
-Love to laugh.
- Are the life of the party.
- Are engaging public speakers.
- Are quite chatty and often speak with their hands.
- Make friends easily.
- Have a special magnetism and charismatic quality.
- Are full of ―bright‖ ideas
- Are a joy to be around!
Smile from Your Heart
According to TCM, your face—particularly your eyes—is the mirror of your Heart. The Heart is home to the
Shen, or spirit, so your face reflects this aspect of your soul. Try this ancient exercise for your Heart:
Looking into a mirror smile at yourself--
really smile at yourself—directly from your heart.
That's it! How simple and yet how difficult this practice is for most people. True smiling from the heart, not just a fake smile, actually has a profound physiological effect. It promotes the flow of Qi and blood throughout your entire body helping it—and your heart—to heal.
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