In essence Autumn is the season of letting go of the ‘rubbish’ and taking in the pure.
In TCM Autumn is associated with the Metal element which controls the Lung and the Colon.
Autumn is the season of slowing down and becoming more contemplative.
As you enter this stage it is no use dwelling on the negative aspects of the past and hanging on to negative energy. Now is the time to let go and make peace with the past.
It is time to take in the pureness and positive energy.
We are living in an age where technology is the basis of comfortable living; where connection and communication from one country to the other happens in an instant. The convenience of the internet, cellphones, PC’s, etc make distance meetings, distant learning (or e-learning), online dating and long distance relationships possible – people are communicating from behind screens.
But how great are these conveniences if they are slowly removing us from physical contact and socializing with people physically around us?
According to Matthew Hertenstein, PhD and director of the Touch and Emotion Lab at DePauw University Hertenstein we lack physical contact: “Most of us, whatever our relationship status, need more human contact than we’re getting.”
Nothing is for nothing, with this convenience comes the sacrifice of our physical / social lives. The speed of technology also pressurize us to get more done, because the means to ‘do’ are always available, thus work doesn’t have to stop. Unless we can create a balance for ourselves, technology can contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle.
In this day & age stress is pretty much unavoidable. But we can learn to deal and cope with it.
January generally adds a little more stress to our lives. This stress could come in the form of stressful family issues, weight gain, health or financial issues, or a combination of things. ‘Stressors’ will be different for everyone.
Here are some quick tip & lifestyle management tips to help you manage stress:
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 5 elements are the basic principle of all life. Each element is related to a season, climate, time, sound emotion, colour, flavour, smell, body fluid, physical manifestation, organ and even an age cycle. Therefore, in essence, the elements affect our entire lives. Although every living thing contains all the elements, there is always one element more dominant than the rest. This deals with our personality and the period of our lives that we are in.
We can determine this by observing the person’s behaviour, stature and susceptibility to disease or weakness in certain body parts.
The 5 elements are wood , fire, earth, metal and water. More information about the elements are covered in my article “How the 5 elements & meridians relate to reflexology” It is also important to note that in Chinese medicine the organs have metaphysical functions as well which link with emotions.
We start off with ‘Wood’ the element associated with spring. It is the foundation of life and can be known as the ‘birth’ and ‘growth cycle’. The quality and nutrition of food intake is vital in this period. The foundation of education is also very important. Generally we would say that this period is from birth to adolescence in a person’s life.
In essence Summer is the season of maturity, growth and awareness.
In TCM Summer is associated with the Fire element which controls the Heart, small intestine, circulation and the endocrine meridians.
Summer is the season to have fun and pay attention to the things you are passionate about. It is the season to get active to get your body, heart and circulation working.
It took me a while to write this article. I like to write from an unbiased viewpoint, and this topic seemed have quite a few debates for different questions surrounding the topic
. In our reflexology course, we learned that an alkaline diet contributed to our health and that a mostly acid forming diet encourages diseases. However, some research for this article suggested that diet does not have that big affect on the acid / alkaline pH of the body . And it probably doesn’t, because the body uses homeostatic mechanisms to ensure that all parts of the body remain at its normal pH balance.
The blood pH balance is the most important, if we go out of the 7.35 – 7.45 range our lives are at serious risk – this could happen, for example, due to a terminal illness. So how do the homeostasis mechanisms work? Minerals are taken from the saliva, body fluids, and if we do not have the correct minerals from our diets, minerals are leached from our bones and body tissues to correct the blood pH and other organ pH.  I do believe that there needs to be a lot more research done on this topic, however, the alkaline diet works because it has an emphasis on eating lots of vegetables and making healthier food choices.
This article is especially for anyone who is interested in studying reflexology or if you are interested in the ‘behind the scenes of reflexology’.
Reflexology is something that is quite difficult to explain in one sentence. It is both a science (using the concepts of anatomy and physiology of the body) and an art (the pressure and techniques used).
People know basically what it is – that there are reflexes mapped in the feet that correspond to different body parts.
The common know effects of reflexology are: helping with sleep, improving relaxation and improving digestion and alleviating pain. While all these are great, and are signs of the body healing, I came to learn that there is a lot more to reflexology than this.
I have started incorporating Foot Mobilisation into my practice after doing this well worth course. Many people have asked me about it, so I thought I should write about it in a little more than a 2 sentence explanation.
Let’s start by defining the words ‘Foot Mobilisation’ – mobilise means to move, the word mobilisation means ‘the action of making something move or capable of movement.’. It can also mean ‘an act of marshalling and organising and making ready for use or action’. So foot mobilisation can be understood as moving the foot or making it movable. Foot mobilisation is moving the bones of the foot, ‘persuading’ the bones to move back into the correct position for better movement – which effects are the joints and skeletal system.
Understanding body constitutions of homeopathy, Chinese medicine and Ayurveda
As holistic health practitioners, we often mention that no treatment is the same because no person is the same. This goes beyond genetics and lifestyle, however, the latter may affect your constitution or your constitution may affect your lifestyle and other things that make you you, particularly your health and the way that you respond to the environment and other stimuli.
Salads are not always that healthiest option!
The field of food and nutrition is quite complex. It is no wonder people get so frustrated with diets and jump from one diet to the next. Personally, I do not believe in ‘dieting’, but rather to incorporate a way of eating with your lifestyle. Articles on nutrition are often said to be ‘contradictory’. I believe this to be because different people need different nutrition and react to foods differently. What is good for one person is not always good for another. It is difficult to incorporate everyone in a generalised write up.
There are so many lifestyle ‘healthy’ diets that are out there today. There’s the banting diet / paleo foods, rawtarians (raw food diet), acid alkaline, the low-fat diet, etc. Now, I’m not saying that any of these diets are wrong, but I don’t think any of them are completely right for the entire population either.
I recently came across an article about yin / yang balancing and thought I’d do some more research about yin and yang foods. I have found this to be one of the most holistic ways of eating. I personally find that this way of eating lives up to its nature. It is very balanced and logical. I feel many people have lost ‘common sense’ when it comes to food.
Salads for summer and veggies for winter.