I’m still figuring out how Ijekah Feng Shui and Ijekah Bodywork services are going to morph into a combined business. Offering Feng Shui consultations and providing Sports Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork in Reno, Nevada is a reality, even though Ijekah Feng Shui and Ijekah Bodywork are still in their infancy.The synergy between the two is very high. Energy moves in our environment, and energy moves within our bodies. There are many natural parallels between the two.

In the recent massage education that I’ve acquired over the last two years it is clear that the same principles that apply to energy associated with elements in our surroundings, act in a similar way inside our bodies.

There are twelve meridians (commonly used in both acupuncture and acupressure). Meridians are energy channels in the body. Of the twelve meridians each is associated with one of the five elements (metal, wood, fire, water, and earth). Additionally, for every Yin meridian there is a corresponding Yang meridian.

Lung Meridian / Large Intestine Meridian
The yin Lung (LU) meridian is associated with the metal element. Its paired yang meridian is the Large Intestine (LI) meridian. Both are associated with the metal element.

Stomach Meridian / Spleen Meridian
The yang Stomach (S) meridian is associated with the wood element. Its paired yin meridian is the Spleen (SP) meridian. Both are associated with the wood
element.

Heart Meridian / Small Intestine Meridian
The yin Heart (HT) meridian is associated with the fire element. Its paired yang meridian is the Small Intestine (SI) meridian. Both are associated with the fire element.

Urinary Bladder Meridian / Kidney Meridian
The yang Urinary Bladder (UB) meridian is associated with the water element. Its paired yin meridian is the Kidney (K) meridian. Both are associated with the water
element.

Pericardium Meridian / Triple Warmer Meridian
The yin Pericardium (P) meridian is associated with the fire element. Its paired yang meridian is the Triple Warmer (TW) meridian. Both are associated with the fire element.

Gallbladder Meridian / Liver Meridian
The yang Gallbladder (GB) meridian is associated with the wood element. Its paired yin meridian is the Liver (LV or Li) meridian. Both are associated with the wood
element.

Just as the elements have certain properties in our environments (our homes, businesses, any type of building, outdoor landscapes and spaces, or even the inside of a vehicle) those same forces exist in our bodies.

Different elements have various properties and energies associated with them.

Summary of the meridian pairs and their associated elements:
Lung (LU) – Yin / Large Intestine (LI) – Yang – METAL
Stomach (S) – Yang / Spleen (SP) – Yin – EARTH
Heart (HT) – Yin / Small Intestine (SI) – Yang – FIRE
Urinary Bladder (UB) – Yang / Kidney (K) – Yin – WATER
Pericardium (P) – Yin / Triple Warmer (TW) – Yang – FIRE
Gallbladder (GB) – Yang / Liver (LV or Li) – Yin – WOOD

LU Yin … LI Yang – METAL
S Yang … SP Yin – EARTH
HT Yin … SI Yang – FIRE
UB Yang … K Yin – WATER
P Yin … TW Yang – FIRE
GB Yang … LV or Li Yin – WOOD

My initial introduction to Feng Shui, was much by accident. It came from a visit to a bookstore, and grew into something I wanted to learn more and more about. Much like that accidental introduction was my relationship with massage.

When I was 13 years old I went on a ten day backpacking trip in the Adirondack Mountains of North Carolina. At the end of each day we massaged each other. People always wanted to sit in front of me in our massage circles. From that day forward people’s bodies and my hands gravitated towards each other.

Years later, while hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), I found myself massaging other hikers on the trek between Mexico and South Lake Tahoe. While teaching skiing and snowboarding at TASS (Tahoe Adaptive Ski School – Disabled Sports USA) and giving someone a ten minute back or shoulder rub, they would ask, “Are you a massage therapist? Are you a physical therapist? Where did you learn this?”

At that time, what I knew was no more than most of us know about breathing. We simply do it. No one taught us how to breathe. We know how; it’s what we do. Lucky for me I have an intuitive sense of touch. Some months ago, I decided to pursue that fascination and love of the human body a little more seriously. I started taking classes at a massage school.

I’m pleased to say that yesterday, was my the first client who walked into a school and booked me for a massage. I was a little nervous, mostly because I didn’t know the routine, what papers go where for the school (intake forms, etc.), if I get the client to fill out the intake form or if the school official does that. In any case it was a very positive experience to work on my first client in a professional setting, the school clinic.

I am excited that I have three quarters of a year to work on clients in a clinic setting, and continue to learn more about our amazing bodies. I once read (in the Feng Shui and Money book, I think) that Feng Shui is to your home what acupuncture is to your body. I look forward to my journey of learning more about how Yin and Yang energy flow and interact in both our bodies and in our surrounding environments.

I am back from a terrific 3 day hiking adventure along the coast. It was great to get outside, to spend three whole days by the ocean and get the chi moving smoothly though my body!

The beach was beautiful, rugged and very remote. It took 9 hours to drive to the coast from Reno, Nevada and it was worth every bit for the three days of hiking on and along the beach. Sadly, we probably saw more dead sea lions than people over the three days of hiking.

The balance of yin and yang energy over the three days was terrific. The first day was a hot sunny day that resulted in a good deal of sunburn. The second day was rainy, misty and foggy. We were drenched and dripping most of the day hiking, and yet it was beautiful and a wonderful change from the previously hot sunny day. The third day was sunny and blue skies again.

It was great to get outside. You have a new perspective on the Feng Shui in your home when you return from spending several days outside.

sunday afternoon

November 2, 2008

just past 3 on a sunday afternoon, i can hear the dryer tumbling clothing. i can see the shadows of maple tree leaves dancing on a white cabinet door below the counter.

today i realized my house is very yin. not so yang.  and i happen to quite like it that way. it’s a very peaceful place to be. delightful is how i would describe my home. i can hear the slight trickle of water near my front door, from the tall fountain in the career (KAN) area of my home.

i’m not terribly motivated when I’m at home. i am very peaceful here. it’s a great place to relax. i also notice that when I pick stuff up, put it away, clean up, take out the trash, get rid of things i don’t want or need, then the whole place takes on new life.

when i’m a bit unmotivated, if i decide to throw out or get rid of 10 items, it starts something, it starts a small trickle of energy into me. suddenly things start getting done, things start getting cleaned up, and I feel like I have more energy and am happier.

there’s no question that you can tell how i’m feeling by my surroundings. the neater and cleaner it is, the more calm I become. when there is stuff strewn about everywhere, you can pretty much guess that there’s a jumble of stuff in me that i’m not quite sure what to do with.

today, i folded all the kitchen towels and rags in my laundry room. i adjusted a shelf in the laundry room so that all the paper towels would fit neatly in there. this morning i started out with a nice hike that really made my lungs work. when i came back home it was a bit messy, from my return from india. i’m still cleaning up, putting away, and processing everything from my trip to mumbai (bombay), goa and pune.

i found that when i was in india had a hard time moving my energy, attention and focus from the ugly things to the nice things. i found it so frustrating to see garbage everywhere, instead of being able to put my energy into seeing the great relationships that people have and the colorful life there, i kept being drawn to looking at things that depressed me.

i’ve learned that the places i see beauty most are the places with the fewest people. somehow the scenery of the land without bulidings and people is so much more magnificent to me. i also came to appreciate how much i love being an american. so many of us have no idea what an incredible place we live in. we live in a country where anything is possible and where so many people have achieved so many things. i appreciate the values in our society greatly.

i also hope that as time goes by, i can begin to see beauty in chaos. for now, order, organization and pragmatism are what make me feel most at peace and well with the world. on that note, i’ll go start a new load of laundry, then fold and neatly put away the belongings i’m so fortunate to own.

several years ago i started studying feng shui, the compass school kind. i did not have particularly good luck with it. it was very complex, hard to understand and i just did not quite get it. that was almost 10 years ago. in 2002 i decided to look for a feng shui consultant to tell me where to put a fishtank since water features can have strong effects and because i had had enough bad luck to last a while.

i was referred to a lovely woman who came to my home and made some adjustments the very same day she was in my home for the consultation. that was the day i learned about the difference between compass school feng shui and form school feng shui, also known as black sect feng shui. both schools of feng shui share basic concepts of balancing energy (yin and yang) and both share the idea that certain parts of a home, building, space etc are connected to particular parts of our lives. the main difference is that one school bases everything on directions (north, south, east, west, southwest, southeast etc.) the form school of feng shui is more concerned with the entrace of a building or a room.

i began applying principles of feng shui to my home and since that time have had incredible learning and growth experiences. i’ve also worked with others who have seen uncanny results from changes they have made in their living spaces. i’ve done consultations for people’s homes and businesses and seen wonderful things happen.

so, this is a sharing ground. this is a place to share thoughts and ideas about life. this is to be a place where people share how the inside and outside are connected.

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