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Find Balance in the Element of Fire

In Shiatsu, in the cycle of the Five Transformational Phases, Fire comes from the springtime Element of Wood and moves toward late summer's Earth Element. To remain in balance, the distinct yang character of fire must be complemented with an equally distinct yin force. This means strengthening our ability to come to rest and find more harmony.

A clear and alert mind is an expression of the calm power of the Fire Element. To be healthy, to feel quiet, joyful and calm and to live in harmony with all and everything that surrounds us is not a utopia. It is possible.

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How can we regulate our automatic nervous system and develop more resilience?

  1. Unplug from technology (after you read my blog :) and spend more time in nature, maybe walking bare feet on the ground or trying a walking meditation

  2. Water that heals, take a bath, soak in the tub with Epson salt or Dead Sea Minerals, swim in the lake, ocean, or sea

  3. Healing frequencies and Soundbaths, check out my Self-care classes every Thursday and Saturday at 6 pm Berlin time (it is noon in New York) where we close our online class with a guided healing sound meditation Sign up for the class on my homepage

  4. Breathwork, Box Breath, 4-7-8 Breath, Alternate Nostril Breathing, 3-part yogic breath, diaphragmatic breathing,

  5. Movement, shaking, Tai Chi, Quigong, Yin Yoga, Hatha Yoga, dancing, jogging, long walks,

  6. Cold Exposure, you can try right away with an alternating hot-cold shower, cold plunges in a river, creek or ocean

  7. Acupuncture and Chiropractic

  8. Use Herbs and Tonics, Nerviges, Supplements Search for an expert, herbs are powerful medicine!

  9. Root cause healing with integrative therapy, the nervous system is governed by the subconscious mind. Healing trauma, identifying triggers and negative beliefs

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The energetic organs in the Fire Element are the Heart and Pericardium (both Yin organs) and the Small Intestine and Triple Heater (both Yang organs).

Shen, the Consciousness is the Spirit of the Heart in Traditional Chinese Medicine and it has two seats in the body. One is the Heart and the other is in the center of the head behind the third eye (pituitary gland, hypophysis).

When Shen is healthy, the body is strong and the emotions are orderly. "The radiance of the heart shows in the face." - Wilfried Rappenecker

A beautiful, shining face radiates Shen, shows harmony and has a healthy, rosy color.

Joy is an expression of the Fire Element and so is laughter. How often do you laugh during the day? Are you the clown in the family who always wants to make everyone laugh?

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The color of the Element Fire is red, of course. Take a look in your closet, how many red clothes do you have? Do you like to wear red?

The taste is bitter and the smell is burnt. Do you like to drink espresso? Or is dark chocolate not really your thing? Do you like to sit by the campfire and smell the burnt wood?

The sensory organ of fire is the tongue. Do you speak little? Or too much? Do you know people who suffer from a constant flow of speech? These are often very interesting observations in our immediate environment.

The metaphor of Fire, the symbol of transformation and rebirth, is firmly rooted in many philosophical and theological teachings.

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Trataka in yogic teachings in India is a krya, a tool of purification. Staring into the flame of a candle for an extended period of time to align the conscious mind with the unconscious mind. The movement and flickering of the fire creates Alpha waves in the brain. It can help to get creative forces flowing, promote the quality of calm and insight. Try it before you go to sleep. Staring at a flame for a few minutes is no big deal, but observe yourself the next day afterward to see how was your sleep or if your night's rest improved.

The Heart, where consciousness (Shen) resides, is equated with Light, with the Divine spark that resides in every living being. It is also about your attention and presence of mind that guides all your actions.

Enjoy your Summer, let your fire energy healthy free flow, listen to your Heart and laugh as often as possible!

I wish you a wonderful Summer Time!


Book a Shiatsu treatment if you live in Berlin or Potsdam.

Where does Shiatsu help? For sleep problems, headaches, back pain, circulation problems, neck stiffness, shoulder problems, cramps, joint pain, to strengthen your immune system, to strengthen you after birth, and much more.

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