Tapping your way to health & wellbeing
Thursday 15th & 22nd April @ 5pm
supporting your Liver & Gall Bladder in springtime
Feel free to pass this information on to others who might be interested or could benefit from this wonderful self-help technique.
Harnessing the energy of springtime
I hope you all had a restful Easter weekend. The temperature seems to have dropped again and there was even a flurry of snow over the weekend! We continue to be challenged with having to adapt to our changing environment. And this is what our bodies are having to do all the time if we are to stay healthy.
The clocks changed recently and we are at least enjoying the change in light quality and longer days, even if we do still have to wrap up warm to protect ourselves against the elements. And to stay healthy we also need to work WITH the elements – a keystone in East Asian Medicine where each of the elements of fire, water, earth, metal and wood have their own energy and qualities seen in nature and also in the internal dynamic of our bodies and organs.
Springtime is associated with the Liver & Gall Bladder & the element associated with these organs is wood and the environmental quality of wind, which is certainly appropriate for this time of year. Wind is about movement and has an upward rising energy. The branches of trees that can bend with the wind show flexibility and resilience. These are qualities that we do well to embrace in how we manage ourselves in relation to our environment.
Yang energy starts to rise upwards – think sap rising, new shoots springing forth, new lambs frolicking in the fields. New beginnings, new possibilities, moving out into the world after a winter of hibernation. All very relevant images at this time – this year in particular. The Liver has many functions in East Asian medicine & one of the key ones is keeping the qi or energy flowing freely in the body.
Tapping can be used to facilitate this qi flow as we literally tap on dynamic meridian points. If the qi is moving we don’t feel stuck, we don’t have pain & we feel more vital physically, mentally & emotionally. The meridian systems have many associations with regard to the areas of the body they influence, colour, direction of movement etc. The Liver’s flavour is sour and eating foods from this category is good for the Liver. Why not start your day with a warm glass of lemon water (add some ginger root for a more tangy twist).
The benefits of drinking lemon water
- Refreshing warm drink to kick start your day.
- Lemons have a natural cleansing effect on the liver.
- They encourage good digestion & bowel movements.
- Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C – helpful for the immune system.
- Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protects cells from free radicals.
Self massage Do-In exercise to stimulate the Liver & Gall Bladder meridians
To stimulate these meridians, make a loose fist and tap along the areas shown in the diagrams – keeping your wrist nice & flexible.
- Liver meridian – start on the foot and tap upwards.
- Gall Bladder meridian start on the face and tap down the body to the feet.
See what others have said about their experiences of tapping….
“Thank you so much for the great session. It was lovely to do the tapping all together like that and it worked so well.. I slept better which was a good start!” Rosie
“Thanks very much for the session. I was feeling heavy and negative beforehand but afterwards had a bit more energy and positivity. There was also some improvement in the areas of pain particularly the sciatic nerve area.”
“I was initially slightly sceptical when Marian offered me a video session using her tapping technique, but I have to say I found it really helpful and it did significantly help in reducing my feelings of anxiety. My colitis symptoms then eased almost immediately as a result.” Linda
Some of the issues that have regularly come up that we address include:
- Feelings of overwhelm.
- Difficulty focussing & concentrating.
- Lack of motivation &/or procrastination.
- Anxiety – this may be generalised or about work/the future/uncertainty in general/lack of control/finances/ lack of confidence.
- Fear – about the virus/safety of oneself &/or vulnerable family members; of change/of making change.
- Aches & pains & other physical conditions.
Before each session, I get you to let me know what issues you would like to focus on and I incorporate these into the session, so that we can work more specifically – which makes tapping more effective.
Zoom link for 15th April @ 5pm: Time: Apr 15, 2021 05:00 PM London
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To get the most out of the session, please email me the issues you would like to work on that you feel are affecting your health and wellbeing or holding you back right now from where you want to be.
Working with people with Long Covid
A few months ago, I wrote a blog about treating people with Long Covid using acupuncture. Since the first lockdown was lifted, many people who have continued to have debilitating post-Covid symptoms have been turning to acupuncture to try to help improve their symptoms as there is not very much on offer out there by way of allopathic treatment. Having written an article for the British Acupuncture Council’s journal – several months further in, I am now re-working this material in preparation for publication for a Japanese acupuncture international journal. For some people, the improvements have been dramatic and for others it has been a slow steady upward trajectory, with the occasional dip, often due to stress or overdoing activity.
I am also considering running a tapping session for Long Covid sufferers to help manage their condition. Please let me know if you might be interested in joining.
To find out more about how acupuncture can help you or someone you know who continues to suffer from Long Covid symptoms, please contact me on:firstname.lastname@example.org
QI GONG EXERCISES FOR SPRINGTIME
QI gong exercise help us to keep energy flowing around the body & through the meridian system. Springtime is associated with the Liver & Gall Bladder meridians. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of the Qi around the body & is responsible for the storage of blood. It has an influence on sleep and the menstrual cycle amongst many other functions of the body. Just as the sap and shoots rise upwards in the Spring, so the Liver energy also has an upward focus. When this is out of balance, symptoms such as headaches, migraines, dizziness and high blood pressure can arise.
By practising Qi gong, we can help to keep our energy flowing and enable us to adapt to the changes we are facing in our lives. The Liver is about planning and moving forward, whilst the Gall Bladder is responsible for decision making. In order to move forward in our lives and make the decisions that are right for us, energy needs to be in balance & harmony in these meridians.
Here are a few links to Qi gong exercises for this time of year:
By bringing ourselves back into the present moment, we can focus and enjoy on what we have right now, acknowledging that anxiety and fear are mostly about the past and the future. Staying present and living fully in the present moment is the best thing we can do at this time of uncertainty.
To contact me to discuss how I can support you at this time, please email me on: