Our Norwich Shiatsu therapist Gary Moore is back for his seasonal blog post… with plenty of top tips on how to put a healthy spring in your step!
Embrace the Spring and Maximise your Health
Welcome to the latest of my quarterly seasonal blogs, presenting the seasons from a Shiatsu perspective, with easy ways you can embrace the seasons to support better health and wellbeing. Hopefully many of you will have read my Winter article, enabling you to get through the cold weather with enough energy remainding in your batteries to spring forward with zest as the sun warms our bodies and everything around us. For those of you who don’t feel fully in tune with the season change yet, why not try a Shiatsu session to give you that much needed boost and get you back on track?
Top Tips on Putting a Healthy Spring in Your Step
Spring is a time for new growth, regeneration and cleansing. It is the time of the Liver and Gall Bladder meridians (the so-called wood meridians). There is no greater time for a de-tox, eating fresh, new green vegetables to support your body’s natural ability to cleanse and rebalance. Green is also the colour associated with the liver and gall bladder meridians.
The liver meridian has links with muscles and the reproductive system and is said to control the tendons in the body – storing the blood as we rest and then supplying it to the tendons as we become active. Try to incorporate some gentle stretches into your day (the makko-ho yoga stretches relate directly to the meridians- I can show you these in an individual session if you wish
As seeds sprout and the sun’s warmth promotes new growth, this is a great time for enhancing the liver meridian energy flow with outdoor activities. These “Wood” meridians have a direct relationship with the flow of energy (Ki) and blood throughout the body and so disharmony here will potentially result in symptoms such as physical stiffness, frustration, anger, migraines, IBS and depression. Such stagnation as we term it in the Shiatsu world, can be relieved with Shiatsu itself but also regular Tai chi/Chi kung classes can be extremely beneficial.
The liver meridian also opens into the eyes so be gentle with your eyes this Spring – don’t spend too long at the computer keyboard and consider using eye-baths.
The Liver and Gall Bladder meridians both relate to decision–making so if you are going round and round in ever decreasing circles over an issue it could be time for rebalance and support for these wood meridians.
A Taste Of Spring
The taste associated with Liver and Gall Bladder meridians is sour . Therefore including sour tasting foods into your diet may help to improve meridian function. This does not mean you should overdose on sour foods- just small changes are best. For example, squeeze a lemon over salads or into your glass of filtered water.