'If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won't have to hear it scream.'
When in conversation with people about what I do for a living, I'm often asked what the benefits of acupuncture are, paricularly if the person asking says they don't have any ailments. I think the quote above goes some way to explain the answer. Often we ignore the subtle changes in our bodies, or perhap we aren't tuned in to the warning signs. Life is busy, time is short, often there isn't time to give attention to ourselves, so the whispers of our body can be overlooked. Health is not the absence of illness, it is much more than that - it is wellbeing and energy too. How often do you feel exhausted or overburdened? Your body is talking to you all the time, from the twitch in your hip to the mouth ulcers that keep coming back.
In Chinese medicine and in many traditional medicines, prevention is better than cure. It is not a luxury to look after ourselves, it is essential. Acupuncture, if you haven't experienced it before, can be profoundly relaxing. This might be contrary to what you imagined. Acupuncture 'fine tunes' your body, rebalancing energy, boosting immunity and blood circulation, and tapping into those feel good hormones and endorphins. Sleep can improve, as well as digestion. People often feel more energetic, calmer, and fundamentally, well.
There is still so much we don't understand about the incredible machine that it the human body, it is full of mystery, yet, if we really listen to it, usually it tells us what we need.
This is a picture of bushes taken just by my house. I'm not sure if these spider webs are there all the time, or whether they are just visible now because the mist and moisture are sitting low, clinging to the trees at this time of year, but every September my children and I watch for the appearance of the spiderwebs...
September has a tangible atmosphere, full of abundance and harvest, yet the season to follow shows itself in the morning chill, the dampness and the golden edges on the leaves. Five element acupuncture is steeped in Chinese tradition and knowledge, this pivotal time of year is seen as 'late summer' and is associated with the earth element. The organs and meridians that belong to the earth element are the stomach and spleen. In Chinese medicine the stomach and spleen are responsible for all of the body's transportation and transformation, both physically and emotionally. 'Earth' is our centre, our balance. It is to do with with nourishment physically and 'being nourished'. It's sometimes a time of year when things come full circle, or when we feel like change is ahead. Conversely people can become stuck at this time of year, or sudden change can throw us into a place of anxiety. When balanced, earth allows us to be grounded, stable, able to flow and change, free moving yet contained. The spiderwebs always remind me of this season, of that final excited activity happening under our noses, just before autumn arrives.