Spring has Sprung


Today really feels like the beginning of Spring.

In Chinese Medicine thought, Spring is associated with the colour green, the sound of shouting, the Wood element, the climate of wind, things sprouting, your eyes, your liver, your anger, patience and altruism.

This is why Spring can also be a good time to detox, it gives the liver a chance to become rejuvenated and allows a resting period before it starts anew.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Spring is the time of the Liver – the body’s major organ of detoxification and here are a few ways you can help it.

  • You can cut down on foods like carbohydrates and sugar, alcohol and caffeine. This gives the liver a chance to rest and cleanse the blood. This process helps the body physically but also emotionally.
  • To assist with cleansing the blood you can eat more garlic, fresh vegetables and drink plenty of water.
  • It really helps the liver when you move, assisting the body to shake off the sluggishness of Winter. Spring is a excellent time to get more active. If your energy is low, start with some gentle walking, start with just 20 minutes every day.

You can celebrate Spring by:

Just being outside more  – what a joy after the long Winter to just be outside and enjoy more fresh air. 🌻

Having a good clear out – “out with the old, in with the new!” Getting rid of things you really don’t need, allows space for fresh, new, more appropriate things to come your way. This is the beginning of a new time.

Let go of stuff that doesn’t serve you anymore –  with the time of new beginnings it’s a good time to let go of any habits that you don’t want e.g. smoking, excess eating, cutting down on alchohol, sugar , caffeine ..  give your body and Liver a chance to rejuvenate 💙

Flying a kite– the climate of Spring is wind. It’s a sunny but windy day here on the coast today.

Shouting! Letting it go. Time to begin anew. Get all those rants out, let go of old resentments, find a way of releasing your anger without upsetting others. This is a way of emotionally clearing out, which makes space for more of the good and yummy stuff .🤑

Spring can be a good time to try out new activities or to start new projects.

However you choose to spend your time ..

Have fun!

Amanda x

Learning to Love Our Vulnerability

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My client this morning gave me some food for thought.

Do we allow ourselves to be as vulnerable as we need to be sometimes….?

The lady in question is a professional woman, a master in her field. She came to me recently for acupuncture as she had been feeling as if her ” body was letting her down.” Decreased energy levels, achyness in her limbs and a general feeling of having lost her ” get up and go.”

After a few sessions….she is starting to regain some of her old zest.

This morning, she came in for her session after she had slipped and fallen. She was in shock when she arrived and tearful. She turned up for her session, allowing herself to be vulnerable. Something that on reflection, I imagine she does not readily do. For that alone, I appreciate her.

When the chips are down, how easy is it to ask for the assistance of your friends/family/colleagues…?

A couple of months ago, whilst putting my daughter to bed we suddenly realised that she must have dropped her favourite toy in the local playground. After some cajoling -with reassurances that we would (somehow) get Sammy the Seal back – she settled.

On returning downstairs, my partner went through all the what ifs of what could happen to the toy. When I looked across the sofa and saw her tear-stained face, I realised that she was more affected than our little one about the disappearance of the toy. My partner had bought it as a special gift on the birth of our daughter.

With the prospect of a teary Friday evening ahead; I cracked.

” Right that’s it, I’m going to find it.”

To cries of….” No, you can’t its really dangerous, dark and all the local teenagers hang out there of a night-time…”

Undeterred, I wasn’t prepared to let that put me off as the list of what-ifs grew in my mind.

My partner said ” Right I’ll call Frank and see if he can accompany you to the park.”

Now it was my turn to be alarmed,

“NO! Its Friday night and he will be relaxing by now.” And for good measure, ” And he’s got work tomorrow.”

Crazily, I would have rathered go to the ‘dangerous’ park after dark than ask a friend for a small favour. I relented and let her make the call.

As I leant down to assist my client with her boot this morning, it struck me…what does it take for us to let down our guard and ask for the assistance we need…?

For me, my coach hit the nail on the head the other week, during one of my monthly coaching sessions.

She said, ” You have to treat yourself like you would your best friend.”

That has really resonated for me ever since. How kind are we being to ourselves? Do we give ourselves the self-care that we need? Or the appreciation? How easy is it to ask for a sticking plaster ocassionally?