Winter and the Element of Water

June 13, 2015 - by enrica - in Lifestyle

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Winter is a time when the essence in nature is revealed to us. The trees have lost their flowers and leaves, and only the bareness of the trunk and branches are left. There is stillness, an inwardness, as nature seeks to conserve its energy to be ready for the next season of growth. For us,

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Autumn and the Element of Metal

April 25, 2015 - by enrica - in Lifestyle

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Autumn is the season of Metal energy. It is a time when the fruit of Late Summer has been harvested and trees drop their leaves, to return to the Earth, enriching it for future growth in the cycle of the Elements. This energy of getting rid of the unneeded keeps us unclogged and allows us

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Late Summer and the Element of Earth

February 25, 2015 - by enrica - in Lifestyle

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We’ve all heard of the seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter – but what about Late Summer? Is this even a season? In Chinese Medicine, this is the season that sits between Summer and Autumn. It is a time past the budding flowers of Spring, past the time of growth and maturation of Summer and

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6 Self-Care Tips for PMS

November 23, 2014 - by enrica - in Conditions

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6 Self-Care Tips for PMS Most women know about PMS as over 90% of women experience one symptom of PMS and over 50% of women experience more than one symptom. Symptoms can include: mood changes such as irritability, aggression, tension, lower self-esteem, depression fluid retention such as bloating of the stomach, swelling of the feet

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Spring and the Element Wood

October 05, 2014 - by enrica - in Lifestyle

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Did you know that even 5000 years ago, the Chinese knew that Spring was time to get things done! Still to this day, they believe that all of nature and us as human beings are made of up 5 fundamental energies – the 5 Elements. These 5 Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

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Skating on the Other Side of the Ice

July 28, 2014 - by enrica - in Injuries

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When you get an injury, the first thing people reach for is ice. It constricts blood vessels to reduce swelling and inflammation and it desensitises nerve endings to reduce pain. It sounds great, doesn’t it? However, in the area of injury, you will find dead tissue as well as blood and other fluid leaked into

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Mindful Eating

July 08, 2014 - by enrica - in Diet Therapy

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When was the last time you really savoured your food? Do you find that you’re often in a rush in the morning, scoffing down your toast whilst finding your clothes for the day and making your lunch at the same time? Or you might even be eating it in the car in peak-hour traffic? Does

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Foods for Autumn

April 14, 2014 - by enrica - in Diet Therapy

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Autumn is one of my favourite seasons of the year, though according to Taoist philosophy, there can be no favourites – the seasons are as they are and we can enjoy them all! The weather is mild, the air feeling fresh and crisp and of course, the change that is happening in nature is beautiful

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