A newer Energy modality, called Body Intuitive, was developed about 5 years ago. Body Intuitive combines Eastern (Chinese) Medicine and Western Medicine. It is founded on the principles of the mind-body connection – that the body remembers and stores trauma, sickness or toxins, which a practitioner can uncover and help the client release. Chinese medicine is a comprehensive system of healthcare that has been practiced for thousands of years in China. One of the fundamental theories in Chinese Medicine is the Five Element Theory, also referred to as Wu Xing. Five Element theory can be addressed using Body Intuitive.
The Five Element Theory is a framework used to understand the relationships and interactions between various phenomena and processes in nature, including the human body. It is based on the observation that everything in the universe, including the human body, can be categorized into five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each element represents a specific aspect of nature and has corresponding qualities, organs, seasons, emotions, colors, sounds, and tastes associated with it.
Here’s a brief explanation of each element and its associations:
- Wood (Mu): Wood represents growth, expansion, and the energy of spring. It is associated with the liver and gallbladder meridians, the color green, the emotion of anger, the sound of shouting, and the taste of sourness. The quality associated with the Wood element is movement, free flow of Qi, Blood and emotions.
- Fire (Huo): Fire represents warmth, transformation, and the energy of summer. It is associated with the heart, small intestine, pericardium and triple warmer meridians, the color red, the emotions of joy/sadness, the sound of laughter, and the taste of bitterness. The quality of the Fire element is maximum expansiveness.
- Earth (Tu): Earth represents stability, nourishment, and the energy of late summer. It is associated with the spleen and stomach meridians, the color yellow, the emotion of worry, the sound of singing, and the taste of sweetness. The quality is nourishment: receive and process food and drink and transport nutrients to every organ.
- Metal (Jin): Metal represents contraction, solidity, and the energy of autumn. It is associated with the lungs and large intestine meridians, the color white, the emotion of grief, the sound of weeping, and the taste of spiciness. The quality of the Metal element is transforming Yang energy into Yin. Good health is believed to result from a harmonious balance between Yin and Yang.
- Water (Shui): Water represents fluidity, wisdom, and the energy of winter. It is associated with the kidneys and urinary bladder meridians, the color black, the emotion of fear, the sound of groaning, and the taste of saltiness. The quality associated with the Water element is a deep reserves of energy, strength and endurance.
According to the Five Element Theory, each element is interconnected and influences one another. They can generate and support each other (known as the generating cycle) or control and inhibit each other (known as the controlling cycle). For example, wood generates fire, fire generates earth, earth generates metal, metal generates water, and water generates wood. On the other hand, wood controls earth, earth controls water, water controls fire, fire controls metal, and metal controls wood.
In Chinese Medicine, imbalances or disharmony among the elements are believed to contribute to disease and health issues. By understanding the relationships between the elements, Body Intuitive practitioners can treat illnesses by rebalancing the energies within the body using various techniques such as acupressure, herbal medicine, diet, exercise, and lifestyle adjustments.
It’s important to note that the Five Element Theory is just one aspect of Chinese Medicine and should be considered within the broader context of the entire system. Chinese Medicine takes into account individual constitution, patterns of disharmony, and other diagnostic methods to provide holistic and personalized treatment. Five Element Theory is one of many areas in Chinese Medicine addressed with Body Intuitive. Body Intuitive has a set of Elemental resets, which are a combination of acupressure points and breathing techniques.