Thank you, Winter, for the cold and long nights that help us get more rest, feed our roots, and prepare us for new life in the Spring. Winter has faded into our memories and Spring is here. Nature knows it. Picture a fresh, bright green sprout popping up out of the rich, soft earth. It’s flexible, reaching toward the sun, full of potential and possibility for creating magical life. When we humans pay attention to the waxing and waning of the seasons, we too feel this surge of energy and light and warmth that abounds this time of year.
And Spring is fully here. In Oriental medicine it’s associated with the organs of the Liver and Gallbladder, which are about seeing the big picture, coming up with a plan and moving forward to implement that strategy. It’s about birthing new life, new ideas, new practices to fulfill our potential.
Whatever it is that you may have been thinking about or wanting to start or change, Spring is just the season for beginning to implement that movement. And MOVEMENT is at the foundation of Oriental medicine. You’ve probably seen pictures of groups of people who gather in public parks in Asia to do Tai Chi or Qi Gong. That’s about creating movement of body, mind and spirit. Keeping flexible – like a baby, who is in pretty much constant motion. When we slow down or stop moving, things stagnate, they begin to hurt. When our body hurts, it generally needs some movement.
Remember, a symptom is our body’s way of telling us something isn’t right and needs tending to. That tending to is a change of how things currently are, which starts with movement. Movement of body, mind and spirit. Your body may be suffering – fatigue, pain, weight gain; your mind may be suffering – depression, anxiety, grief; your spirit may be suffering – lack of hope and inspiration, seeing no way out. These are a very few symptoms that we all can experience, and that also begin to shift when we create movement around them.
Moving your body/mind/spirit helps you to:
- Naturally release hormones that improve mood, reduce stress, improve focus
- Increase strength/flexibility/stability and decrease pain/inflammation
- Maintain optimal weight
- Clear toxins of everyday modern life
- Reduce stress
- Sleep better
- Find a sense of purpose and passion
- Connect with your own body – setting and achieving goals
- Boost your immune system
Acupuncture needles and teachings help to move energy in the body to get at the root cause and relieve your symptoms. With my patients I always give a small assignment for them to work on between sessions. Holding yourself accountable, committing to yourself, and helping you learn so that you can go out into the world and do great things. And feel better! Change of seasons is always a good time to come in for an acupuncture tune-up. Get back in touch with you, re-vitalize, take back control of your health and wellness. And above all, create some movement. Email or give me a call.
Speaking of movement, I have moved offices and am now treating out of the practice of MidAtlantic Health Institute at:
71 Old Mill Bottom Rd, North
Annapolis, MD 21409
Remember, movement is your friend!