Best Practices for Living In Harmony with Energetic Spring

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Though the weather may still feel like Winter because of the remnants of the Water energy of Winter according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the new energy of Wood since February 5, is well into the energetic season of Spring.

In TCM, the element represented by Spring is Wood. To live in balance with the 5-Element Theory of TCM and indeed, to live in balance with nature of which we are an inherent part, we’ll want to embrace the following attributes, characteristics and specific organ activity for the Wood element and Spring season.

☘The color for the Wood element is green. Bring green into your life in all sorts of ways–in your diet and even in your home decor.

☘Liver and gall bladder are the organs associated with the Wood element. If you have liver or gall bladder issues and/or you have a Wood element imbalance, incorporate more of what is outlined in this post and in the post to follow into your daily life.

Indications of too much Wood chi, a Wood imbalance, include stiff muscles and joints, liver troubles, sallow or yellowish skin, panic attacks, hysteria, neck pain, and stroke. Emotion-oriented displays of Wood imbalance include anger, resentment, bitterness, lack of compassion, erratic behavior, low self-esteem, shouting, complaining, arguing, violence, abuse, incessant arguing. These indicate strong Wood imbalance.

☘In addition to food, Wood element fragrances like lavender, orange, citrus, grapefruit, and chamomile can be used and enjoyed to uplift and strengthen Wood chi and help create more balance in Wood.

☘The green gemstones of green jade, emerald, and green opal may assist the flow of Wood chi.

☘TCM-advised sound and breathing exercises for each element also help to bring imbalance to balance.

For Wood, the healing sound is easy. It’s a long “Shhhh” – as in telling someone to be quiet. On the exhale of a deep breath, this sound will help to release anger and frustration. It can help to soften the person suffering with anger and at the same time assist to quell ailments in the liver and gall bladder.

The five element healing sounds are actually breathing exercises that are best done every day at least five times a week, taking at least six deep breaths, the deeper the better. It is most beneficial to do the exercises outdoors where chi is fresh, preferably in the morning, with the sun shining on you from the East but they can most definitely be done indoors too.

You will want to inhale through your nose until your abdomen is full of fresh air and then exhale out through the mouth making the soft healing sound Shhhh. On the inhale, imagine positive chi entering your body and cleansing the negative chi and ailments in your body. On the exhale, imagine pushing out the negative chi and ailments.

☘It is important to practice mindfulness and meditation at this time of year to bring clarity of vision, because the liver governs the health of the eyes and the clarity received applies both literally and figuratively.

☘The time is energetic Spring! Rise early with the sun and take brisk walks. Live in harmony with Spring!

Check out PHYTO5’s Wood element skincare line to address imbalance in the skin such as oiliness, blackheads, hyperpigmentation, and issues of vital energy circulation.



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Thunderhawk, Denise, L. Ac. The 5-Element Guide to Healing with Whole Foods. N.p.: Lulu, 2016. Print.

In Holistic Lifestyle Tips, Health and Healing, Conscious Lifestyle Tips Tags Spring Season, Matter and Energy


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Dawn Tardif, Founder and President of BodiScience Wellness Center & Spa since 1990, has more than 25 years in the health, wellness and spa industry. Ms. Tardif earned her degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from the International Ayurvedic Institute in 1999. She studied with top Ayurvedic leaders Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Melanie and Robert Sachs and Eve Taylor in her pursuit to become a master in the field of wellness. Ms. Tardif also holds certifications in Allopathic Medicine from the Boston University Mini-Medical School as well as Anti-aging Nutrition and Clinical Aromatherapy. Her commitment to continual education is the foundation of delivering the latest results-oriented treatments to her sophisticated clientele who seek out her innovative approach to health and wellness. Prior to entering the wellness field, Ms. Tardif studied at the Babson School of Executive Entrepreneurship and Bentley University for Accounting. While pursuing an early career at leading companies and national chains in the retail and couture fashion industry, she became one of the youngest managers and district managers. Ms. Tardif was acknowledged for leadership, team development, employment retention, and superior financial performance. This unique blend of business leadership experience combined with her passionate drive has prepared Ms. Tardif to be a leader in health and wellness. Highly respected in the salon and spa industry as a spa owner and consultant, Ms. Tardif has been acknowledged for her service excellence and business systems. She is known for inspiring and encouraging others to create well-being and wellness relationships that cultivate community and enrich the families and lives of one another. Ms. Tardif was invited to present her wellness concepts on Dr. Wayne Dyer’s self-help talk radio show and served as a speaker and panelist at national industry events. She delivered Tibetan Spa experiences to attendees at Green Music for the Grammys and was a panelist for Green Spa’s “Building a Green Spa Team — The First Steps to Sustainability” as well as other sustainability and green consumerism spa classes. She was chosen as a speaker and panelist for “The Future of Esthetics” at Les Novelle Esthetique’s International Congress of Esthetics and Spa, a prestigious industry event. Ms. Tardif’s unwavering passion for and knowledge of ancient philosophies helps others to reach a level of wellness that enhances their lifestyle and well-being. To further her mission, Ms. Tardif and her staff participate in the “Welcome Home Warrior Project” created by Melanie & Bob Sachs of Diamond Way Ayurveda. The program offers complimentary health and wellness plans as well as treatments to returning veterans and their families. As one of the East Coast trainers, and to help advance the program, she teaches CEU Ayurvedic classes to other licensed health and wellness professionals. Ms. Tardif lives on the Seacoast in New Hampshire with her Yorkshire terrier. She enjoys walking the beach, kayaking and hiking.

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