So 2016 has begun & it is starting to feel a little more like winter – a little colder but it is still on the whole warmer & wetter than should be expected.
Within the 5 elements diagnosis structure this is the time of year for the water element. The meridians that this relates to are the kidney & bladder ones. These meridians need rest & quiet to restore & nourish them. This can be hard with busy lives, that do not let up in the darker months of the year.
Shiatsu can help, bringing warmth & comfort to the body, allowing the space for rest, stillness & quiet. Quiet self reflection, meditation & stillness can also help keep the energy flowing in these meridians. Even a 5 minute quiet sit down can help restore & reinvigorate.
These meridians also govern fear & anxiety, hormones & bladder & kidney functions. If the body is continually pushed & not allowed to rest then sleep patterns can be affected. An exaggerated sense of concern or stress can become apparent. Fears can become heightened & can potentially lead to phobias. Excessive toilet breaks, particularly at night, can be a sign that these meridians needs some support. A classic sign is lower back ache, also coldness in the body & tiredness that doesn’t seem to relent. If these symptoms are being experienced then rest, quiet & Shiatsu can really help. Even just keeping in mind that this is ideally the time of year to rest can help, a reminder to go at a slower pace or resting when possible
If you are interested in finding out more about the 5 element diagnosis structure or how Shiatsu may be able to support you please contact me through my contact me page.
Happy New Year & here’s to at least some rest & quiet.