Health and Beauty

Spring Intro Vibrant Health
What a relief to get through the ‘dark season’ and return to ‘the light’! As we step into
Springtime, (considered the wood element, in Ancient Chinese Medicine), we see the flora
expressing itself with fresh colors and beautiful smells and the animals begin to nest and
mate. So what can do we do, to be in harmony and participate in this glorious time of year?
First, let’s understand a little about the ‘wood element’. It’s associated with our Liver and
Gallbladder meridians (the energy tributaries of our bodies). The organs’ functions, are to
detoxify the blood and to store the bile and the meridians help with the smooth movement of
our Chi (energy). They’re also responsible for the ligaments & tendons tension and the
psychological association, is that of organizing and planning.
When this meridian is in balance, we are organized and make plans with ease, as well as
being energetic and flexible in all ways. We can act as leaders and innovators, for new
endeavors. Like deeply rooted trees in a great wind, we bend and move gracefully with the
storms. But when out of balance, we may snap or break into pieces. We might find ourselves
feeling frustrated, impatient, bossy or controlling, have tightness in our bodies and we may
even have a red face.

So how do we balance the wood element and Enliven our Spring Energy?

~ Certainly we can receive Professional Asian Body-Work (ie. Shiatsu or Acupuncture).
~We can also do stretches to open these meridians; Sit on the floor with legs stretched
apart. Turn at the waist to face the left foot, brace the other hand on the floor behind to lift
your trunk and spine. Now breathe in, while watching your right arm lifting over your
head and then while exhaling, drop that arm and bend your torso over the leg, for a nice
side stretch. Do this 3x’s and then do the other side.
~While focusing & placing our hands on our Liver (underneath the right rib cage, in front),
we can make the sound of the meridian. Breathe in, then exhale while saying shhhhhhuuuuuu
~We can also palm down the meridians with our hands, eat fresh foods (organic’s best) that
are appropriate to the season & region and try a gentle body cleanse.
~Here’s a sampling of a delicious cleansing salad; In a large bowl mix together 4 dandelion
leaf, mixed greens, sunflower and pea sprouts, pumpkin seeds, 1 avocado, 10 plum tomatoes,
1 celery stick, ¼ cucumber, one small piece of (sea vegetables) dried dulce and red nori.
Dressing: ½ lemon, 2 Tbsp. of tahini sauce (from sesame), 1 clove of garlic, 1 Tbsp. sesame
oil, 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar. Combine all ingredients, add some pure water to thin it out and
serve over salad.
Happy Spring Cleaning! Now get out there and SHINE!

This article appeared in Western Mass Women’s Magazine May 2015

Spring Into Vibrant Health