May 2, 2014

Spectacular Spring

It’s definitely feeling like spring here in Seattle! Plants are emerging from their winter dormancy, flowers are budding, and the days are getting longer. In Chinese Medicine, this same seasonal cycle that we observe in the outer world of nature is also happening inside our bodies.

Spring is a time of rebirth, sudden growth, and rapid expansion. Vital force pushes to the surface, bursting through the confinement of winter grey. Excitement builds as the life process reawakens. It seems to happen as if overnight! One day our gardens appear grey and lifeless, the next day sunbeams cast light upon branches brimming with buds, colorful flowers blooming, and songbirds happily singing. All of this sudden activity stirs in us tumultuous feelings. The changes are expected yet unpredictable. The anticipation builds tension as well as the promise of release. Just like the weather in Spring; a sudden gust of wind or rain shower can catch us off guard and throw us off balance momentarily. Reminding us to just go with the flow and be flexible.

This is a time for metamorphosis during which our horizon widens and our energies expand. Whatever resources have been stored during the darkness of winter are now ready to use. We awaken to find the will to initiate and execute projects that have been contemplated, but not yet begun. The energy of Spring is creative, volatile, and powerful and so are we!

Spring is associated with the Liver and Gallbladder system in Chinese Medicine. This system encompasses your liver and gallbladder, tendons and connective tissue and the eyes, as well as the free flow of emotions., The emotions primarily centering on the creative drive as well as the envisioning, planning, and decision-making that go along with it. Spring is also associated with the emotion of anger (short temper, impatience, or frustration).

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of Spring!

  • Go outside and breathe some fresh air; exercising for 30 minutes. Healthy lung qi helps invigorate stuck Liver qi.
  • Forgive someone. Holding onto anger and resentment stagnates the Liver Qi. Let it go!
  • Eat Lightly. Our Livers help us get rid of the heavy stagnation we might have accumulated during the winter. Leave behind the heavier foods of winter, especially heavy meats, dairy products, and wheat.
  • Spring allergy sufferers especially, avoid the above foods as the sludge accumulated by eating these foods during the winter will rise to the face/eyes and cause nasal congestion, itchy or watery eyes, headaches and clogged ears.
  • Consider cutting down on your liver’s workload by eliminating alcohol, refined sugar, and anything artificial. Even if you don’t want to do this forever, a week or two off from these known toxins will help your liver do a little spring cleaning!
  • Eat green and pungent. Foods with a pungent taste like onions and garlic, peppermint, basil, dill, fennel, turmeric, rosemary, and parsley can be helpful in eliminating winter sluggishness. Young, tender shoots and green leaves, like asparagus, bean sprouts, kale, collard greens, watercress, romaine, and dandelion will support the liver in detoxing.
  • Enjoy life!

 Exciting Announcement:

My good friend Amanda will be joining me at Perfect Harmony on Mondays and Sundays. Amanda has a kind-hearted, sensitive soul and she is an intuitive healer. I am so excited to have her here! Please read her bio below to learn a bit more about her.

Om. My name is Amanda Stoker. I am a licensed esthetician, Reiki master and yoga instructor. I will be offering Reiki and waxing services at Perfect Harmony Acupuncture on Sundays and Mondays from 9 am to 2 pm. If you would like to book a service contact me at

Reiki is a gentle from of energy work where I use my hands above and on the body to speed up the healing process. The energy, or subtle, body is not confined by your physical body therefore contact is not always necessary. This can help in any physical, mental, or emotional healing you are going through. Shifting may occur in a physical manner with a jerk movement as the body adjusts itself; or the body may respond with energetic shifts in the form of heat and tingling. I feel the subtle body as breath in my hands and tune into this energy where I feel it the strongest. Everyone’s experience is unique as each person heals in different ways.

I became interested in learning Reiki after working as an esthetician for 5 years. When I would return home from work, I would feel residual vibrations from people I had worked on that day. I spoke to an acupuncturist friend of mine and she suggested I look into becoming attuned to Reiki. I signed up for a Reiki Master program through Eileen Dey. During the second class, I was working on a fellow student and had my hands on her legs. My eyes were closed and all of the sudden I felt the sensation of breath. It startled me and I opened my eyes to look down at my hands, expecting the blanket to be moving up and down! It wasn’t. My hands were placed still on her legs. What I was tapping into was the Pranamaya Kosha, or breath layer of the subtle body. In this sheath is our vital energy, that which makes us a living, breathing being. Our ability to heal ourselves navigates through this layer. This experience further ignited my passion for Reiki and to facilitate the healing of others. We all contain the ability to invite in healing for ourselves, Reiki opens the door to the healing that we are meant to find.

Reiki sessions are typically 60 minutes and cost $50 or donation. At this time, payment is taken in check or cash at time of service.

I am happy to be working with Nicole and meeting all of you. My true passion is to love and serve others. I am infinitely grateful to have this opportunity to work with you and honored to be a part of your healing journey. Namaste.