When you hear Feng Shui, what comes to mind?
Some form of old interior decorating with bamboo plants? Something about ‘lucky’ areas of the house?
Most people have heard about Feng Shui and are not too sure what it entails.
As an acupuncturist, it’s a natural extension of my practice, because it is considered “acupuncture for one’s home”. How so? Acupuncture is based on the theory of moving, clearing, and balancing Qi – energy – in the body. In ancient China, your entire life played a role in your wellness, and your home was also an extension of your body and your wellbeing. So how the energy, or Qi, was able to flow through your home mattered to your overall sense of vitality, and mattered to how you were then able to go out into to world and accomplish your work in life.
Let’s dive a little deeper into this imagery: suppose you have knee pain. During an acupuncture treatment, you may receive needles to remove stagnant Qi that is causing pain and encourage Qi flow. Now, let’s say you can’t figure out the right flow for your entryway in your own space: your mail piles up next to the door, and you don’t have a place to put your coat, so it usually ends up draped over the kitchen table along with your purse and keys, and you always bump your hip into the corner table. We’d call this a form of stagnant Qi, similar to a stiff knee. So we’d want to think about a way to clear the space and make it more functional to your flow – the way you come and go into your space – to reduce the amount of stuckness and frustration that spot represents for you.
Now let’s take it a step further: using Feng Shui principles, we can assess your energy and overlay it on your space to find out which areas of your space enhance your natural energy flow, as well as what colors match your energy, as well as what kind of shapes of furniture, decor, storage, organizational pieces and artwork enhance your energy- even the very essence of your spirit.
After a few tweaks to your space and a little perspective, you feel better by what you see, smell, touch, and feel in your space. Therefore you’re supported. Go forth from your space and be your badass self in the world and when you return, you enter your space with a sigh of relief and you can recharge more fully. There are layers and layers of depth to this practice – like mapping your space to your body, clearing the parts of your space that feel ‘off’ or funky, and using your space to help you heal – inside and out.
I have used Feng Shui to perk up dark corners in my space, encourage the flow of money, promote fresh creativity – and I’ve seen the results every time.
So how do you put this healing art to use for you?
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I also provide personalized consultations. I can either provide mini personal assessment chart or a full on-site consultation for your home or office. Find out more on our Services page here.
To get started by picking up a book, any Feng Shui book by Lillian Too is a great start for the basics.
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