During September at Angea our theme is MOVEMENT. Now, a lot of us are well informed about the benefits of exercise and moving our bodies from a Western perspective.

From Chinese medicine perspective however, we understand on a deeper level.

With Spring upon us, it’s a time of regeneration, renewal and revitalizing. After a long, cold Winter of hibernation and a deep Yin time of year where we sleep more, rest more, turn inwards and restore our energies, we move towards the Yang time of year. It’s the time we move more, start to look outwards, watch the beautiful blossoming of new life coming forth in plant buds.

In Chinese medicine, we associate an organ with each season. Spring is asscociated with the Liver. The Liver in TCM is a big, bossy, bloody General. Full of blood, the Liver has a tendency to get irritated and angry if stagnation sets in. Liver qi stagnation occurs when we don’t move enough, don’t express our emotions, eat healthy food and drink which clogs our liver, when we drink too much alcohol or smoke too much.

If you notice yourself getting irritated, have a short temper, anger easily and get agitated….you may have Liver qi stagnation! It’s very common in this modern day life.

The BEST way to keep your liver happy is to MOVE. Movement helps the liver to release stored emotions, to keep the blood moving and to detox.

So not only do we now know that from a Western perspective that movement is amazing for our hearts and lungs and health, we can also incorporate ancient Chinese wisdom and know that we are also helping our liver and our emotional health when we exercise and move our bodies.

So this Spring, love you liver and move your body daily. Notice how light you feel after a great movement session and how you feel less tense, agitated and stressed, That’s your liver loving you right back.

 

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Written by our lovely Kimberley Peters! Kimberley has immersed herself in health, nutrition, fitness and wellness for more than 15 years. Experiencing personal challenges with body image issues from an early age, Kimberley dove into learning about how to live a healthy lifestyle, breakthrough unhealthy patterns of yo-yo dieting, improve her body confidence and live a vitalistic, thriving life.

This path led her to study a Diploma in Fitness which opened the door to a thriving career as a Health Coach/ Personal Trainer where she established her own company and created fitness and wellness programs, working with hundreds of people helping them become their healthiest. Kimberley has also worked with large corporate companies creating workplace health programs, has published articles in some of Australia’s leading fitness/ wellness magazines and created and hosted wellbeing retreats in Seminyak, Bali.

Feeling the call to serve people from a much more powerful platform, Kimberley recently returned to study and is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Health Science – Traditional Chinese Medicine degree, specialising in acupuncture and herbal medicine. Experiencing the power of TCM from regular treatment since her early 20’s, Kimberley is so excited to learn this beautiful, ancient Eastern medicine and knows it will allow her to help people and impact their lives in a dynamic way. Kimberley is passionate about supporting people on their health journeys using natural medicine and teaching them that their bodies have an innate intelligence that can heal itself.

Kimberley is now diving in even deeper to walk with women and support them along their fertility and health journeys, offering the beautiful modality, fertility and women’s health massage. This is an ancient style of massage blending a nurturing combination of physical, emotional and spiritual techniques to ready your body for conception. A deeply healing and non-invasive therapy, it can help with circulation, hormone balance, womb alignment and scar tissue release. The treatment gently addresses any anxiety arising as a result of your fertility journey, or any trauma, grief or loss you have experienced in the past. This style of massage is also suitable to treat PCOS, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, tilted uterus, painful or heavy bleeds, clotting, irregular cycles, constipation, IBS, Crohn’s or Celiac, as well as generally improving the function of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. It also offers a release of trauma such as abuse, rape, broken pelvis/sacrum/coccyx, abdominal surgery of any kind, difficult birth, miscarriage or termination