Autumn – The Season of Letting Go

Autumn; the start of the yin cycle. It coincides with the time of year my Reiki attunements happened to take place. My children were much smaller then. As the years have passed by since, I have mourned and then learned, in time, to let go of the loss of their smallness: memories of their squeakyContinue reading “Autumn – The Season of Letting Go”

Late Summer – The Mellow Yellow Fifth Season

In the West, we think of the seasons as the quartet of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. And in 2021 we’ve seen the gamut of what the British summertime has to offer, from extremes of heat to almost ‘Octoberesque’ bluster. Now as the late summer fruits ripen, let us look again at the 24 SolarContinue reading “Late Summer – The Mellow Yellow Fifth Season”

At the height – and joyful heart – of Summer

21 June 2021 and the Summer Solstice, traditionally known as mid-summer, has landed! After a UK May of rain, hail, more rain, slugs and snails, and unseasonably cold temperatures, the first three weeks of June gave us a vintage heat that really did live up to the title of Sir Frederic Leighton’s painting. Summer seeminglyContinue reading “At the height – and joyful heart – of Summer”

Spring – time to rise up

The first signs of Spring are finally here! And not a moment too soon. These past few months with its repeated cycles of tiers, restrictions and lockdowns, have for many of us been brutal. Our coping mechanisms during the first lockdown were at least shored up by the sunshine, the warmth, and the longer daylightContinue reading “Spring – time to rise up”

2021 – The Yin Year of the Metal Ox

What a year that was! 1 January 2021 wasn’t the only New Year corner to be turned. On Friday 12 February 2021, the Chinese Lunar New Year is celebrated where we transition from 2020’s year of the Water Rat to the Year of the Metal Ox. Rats are sociable creatures; fearful of loneliness. The energyContinue reading “2021 – The Yin Year of the Metal Ox”

Keeping balance in these testing COVID times

In an earlier blog, I touched on the foundations of Classical Chinese medicine being rooted in the philosophy that optimum health and wellbeing depend on harmony and balance in all things. True health is believed to exist when there is equilibrium between the body, the self, and the environment. Chinese medicine looks for patterns thatContinue reading “Keeping balance in these testing COVID times”

How Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us to live in harmony with the seasons – Winter

As Autumn draws to a close and we move into Winter, Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) prompts us to consider how the Yin cycle continues to its peak.  The leaves have all but gone; the landscape is stripped bare. The light is pallid and a quiet descends, drawing us down into the depths of reflection andContinue reading “How Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches us to live in harmony with the seasons – Winter”

What is Tui Na Anyway?

Tui Na (pronounced “Twee-Nah”), which is gaining popularity in the West, is an ancient system of massage thought to be the world’s oldest form of bodywork. Forming one of the four branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), alongside Acupuncture, Qi Gong and Chinese Herbal Medicine, it’s still practised in Chinese hospitals to this day. InContinue reading “What is Tui Na Anyway?”

Why we must not forget about the restorative power of human touch in the COVID Age

It came from the East… What a difference a year makes – and this one’s not done with us yet. When 2020 was barely underway, way back when we thought we knew about “Project Fear”, a tiny morsel of news caught my eye. Reported by Dennis Normile and published in Science Mag, the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it articleContinue reading “Why we must not forget about the restorative power of human touch in the COVID Age”