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Summer Transition Energies & How To Support Your Body

The season of late summer is upon us. Late evening light wanes and is paired with cool mornings. The crisp smells of the coming autumn are on the tips of our nose buds. With the season transition towards fall we may find ourselves in or out of balance with the element of Earth that governs the time between seasons.

For years I loathed the changing of the season and found it difficult to adjust to the shorter days and the heat leaving. I still love summer and am saddened that I must let it go, but as I become healthier in my body by getting the rest I need, eating whole foods and nourishing myself with a loving community, I find this time easier. My Earth element was out of balance by my constant overthinking due to the stressful relationships that I attended to. (Remember the element of Earth’s emotion is worry, rumination, overthinking and analyzing). As I have shifted my life into one of thriving, being honest with myself and devoting my life to my mission and purpose, I have continued to feel greater ease as this seasonal shifting time. Are you in balance?

The Earth element is associated with the organs of the stomach and spleen, so digestion will be highlighted. Are you taking the time to chew and enjoy your meals? Have you attended to eating with the season? We have an abundance of foods available to us that are in season and that can be enjoyed this time of year. Getting all the colors of the rainbow on your plate should come easily.

This season has to do with nourishing ourselves and feeling the abundance in our lives. Are you satisfied? Do you have enough and are you able to share your abundance? If you find yourself feeling resistive to change, are overindulging, overly-ingratiating, forgetful, extremely fatigued, worried, foggy-brained or needy of attention, then you are experiencing Earth out of balance. An inability to nourish the body or mind is an imbalance as well. Physically, the body can be affected by nervousness, hurried eating, and our food will not be assimilated if this is the case. If you are “holding on” to emotions and thoughts, you may experience constipation. An inability to “stomach” the ideas of others or resisting the end of summer may cause indigestion for some.  Muscle issues such as tension (inflexibility), stiffness, edema, loose or flabby skin or muscles and cracking or peeling of the skin also shows a disharmony.

By getting Amma bodywork, you can build on nourishing yourself and have the imbalances shift. Your energy will increase, your digestion will improve and your emotions will feel balanced as a result of a session. Transformation Coaching can help you to thrive and create the life that you are meant to live, in alignment with your highest mission and purpose.

Get things flowing!

Namaste,

Tanya

The Summer Season

In Chinese Medicine there is a ruling element for each of the seasons. The fire element rules the summer season. The main functions of fire in the body are of heating and circulating. The heat is essential in the body to warm the digestive fire and help the body absorb the nutrients. The other aspect of heat is that of the emotion and energy of vitality, joy and warmth to others. The fire element also carries out the ideas that the wood element sets forth and it feeds on creativity, action and change.

 
High blood pressure and low blood pressure, edema and cold hands and feet can be signs of a fire imbalance. Out of balance fire may also look like excessive joy, nervousness, inappropriate laughter or sadness. If there is fatigue, being overly shy, afraid to play, overly serious, or fainthearted then you also have a need to get your fire back in balance. Other signs of disharmony include not being able to sort out things in your life, difficulty having sound judgment, trouble with compassion or serving others, and either no sex drive or too much sexual activity.

 
Some of the ways to build up your fire are to eat more cooked foods esp. some whole grains and lots of vegetable, as well as some fruits during the summer. Keeping hydrated as well as limiting sugar, alcohol, meats, fats and dairy will help you feel light and at your best. As always, avoid processed foods and keep salt and caffeine to a minimum. Getting regular exercise is also necessary and this should always be mindful movement. My favorites include Qigong, a gentle yoga, biking, hiking, running or strength training. Emotionally it is important to process any anger, sadness or worry with journaling, counseling, play and other therapies.

 
Amma bodywork is one of the best ways to balance the fire element. Because Amma is based on Chinese Medicine, I can address the correlating organs of the fire element: the heart, small intestine, triple warmer and pericardium and help remove any blockages that have occurred. The body will then begin to regulate the blood flow better, assimilate the food digesting, and extract the nourishment. And finally the person will be able to express themselves with creativity, warmth and vitality!

 
Blessings,
Tanya