After the energetic stillness of winter, Spring brings the season of activity.
In nature we see a stirring, as new growth sprouts and we are enticed outside by increasing warmth and light.
Spring is the time to support the Wood phase associated with the season and the corresponding network of the Liver and Gall Bladder.
In Oriental Medicine theory the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi and is easily affected by the emotions, which can impede or stagnate the flow of Qi and Blood that sustains our health and wellbeing.
When the Liver (Yin) and Gall Bladder (Yang) are in harmony there is clarity of thought, vision and decision-making. As well as a flexibility of our body and mind, giving us the ability to navigate and cope through life.
Balancing activity and rest are important – modulating the active, forceful and determined aspect with the supple, yielding and regenerating qualities needed to sustain long term projects and goals.
We can see how shiatsu can support us during springtime, providing the space for restful rebalancing, connecting and harmonising our internal and external environments. Particularly if we feel a little stirred by the spring winds.
The start of Spring at the College coincided with a series of workshops with UK practitioner Suzanne Yates. Participants explored using shiatsu to support maternity care, from pregnancy, birth to the postnatal period. This was rather befitting for the season of birth and growth.
Coming up in October we will have our Open Day (Sunday 28th, 2-5pm) which is a great opportunity to grow awareness of Shiatsu as a modality and plant the seed of study options in 2019. Students will be giving mini shiatsu treatments on the day.