In this video, I cover:

✅  How the heat and humidity of summer may be exacerbating your anxiety and overwhelm

✅   How you can tap into the power of the small intestine and heart meridians to help you bring the end of the year to a successful close

✅  Two acupressure points that you can use, to clear the stress and overwhelm, and revel in the joy of summer.

 

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Hello dear friend, and welcome. 

Welcome to summer. The season of fire, the season of passion, the season of joy and outgoingness. It’s the season of fire, because it’s the fire in our heart and our bellies. What lights us up from the inside. Our personal purpose, our personal passions, and joys, that really are the vibrancy of summer. 

Hi I’m Sarah Gowans. Massage and Craniosacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and today I want to share with you some insights around staying healthy, happy and vibrant, during this time of summer. 

Summer and the Fire Meridians

See summer is the time of the meridian channels in the fire meridian. We’ve spoken about meridian channels before. They’re the energy channels that pass through your whole body system, and through them, our life force, Chi, moves through our whole body. In summer we have the meridian channels of small intestine, heart, pericardium, and triple heater. These are really powerful and they’re in their element, so to speak, during summer. But they’re also at their most most vulnerable. When these energies get stuck, stifled, shut down, that’s when we can have issues. We can have heart problems, digestive issues, and mood disorders. Things like anxiety, frustration, irritability, and depression. 

So today I want to talk with you about how we can work with these meridian channels to really strengthen your system, and enjoy this season of vibrancy and fire.

The fire element is the biggest of the elements and it consists of, as I mentioned, heart, small intestine, pericardium, and triple heater. These function to help us to integrate and assimilate, to help our circulation, and also to protect us. You can imagine that the heart and the pericardium are all about circulation. The pericardium is all about protection as well. 

The Heart and Pericardium Meridians

In TCM, the heart is known as the emperor the Emperor of our body. It houses our spirit and our mind. It’s our true center. Whilst the pariardium is the guard to this emperor. In Western medicine, the heart is the driver of our circulation system. Pumping oxygenated and highly nutritious blood flowing through our body’s network of arteries and veins. Through this network it also removes any waste products, for example carbon dioxide. In TCM this is actually the job of the pericardium. This is the outer layer of the heart, not the heart itself. That leaves the heart free to be the Emperor of our body. As I said, the one that houses our spirit, our mind. 

The Small Intestine and Triple Heater Meridians

The small intestine. Its main function is of course, to absorb the nutrients from the food that we eat. While the triple heater this is not actually an organ in Western medicine. But it’s very important and very central in Chinese medicine, because its main job is basically to circulate warmth through the system through the whole body. The upper, middle, and lower parts of our body. In the upper section it covers organs like heart and lungs. The middle section is liver, galbladder, stomach, and spleen. While the lower area is related to small intestine, large intestine, the kidneys and the bladder. You can imagine then that the triple heater impacts all of these organs at one level or another, taking us back to what I said before. Balance, being so important, and the interrelatedness of all the different elements: fire, water, earth, metal, and wood. All of these elements come together and the emperor, our heart, is at the center. So in order to focus during summer, on our strength, our joy, and our growth; rather than getting stuck in challenges like frustration, anxiety, agitation, and depression, what we want to do is support the fire meridian. And we can do that a couple of different ways. I will come back to these in just a moment. 

When the Energy Gets Stuck…

You can imagine that if our heart is involved, and it is the Emperor of our body, it’s the joy, it’s the fire of life, it’s the the outgoingness; when our energy in our heart gets stuck that’s when we can have issues around anxiety and depression. So what we’re wanting to do is keep our energy flowing smoothly, and this is where I’ll come to some exercises in just a moment. 

And Overwhelm…

Small intestine, this is where we’re assimilating and integrating, not only our food and nutrition, but also it’s about assimilating information. So if we are hitting overwhelm, particularly deadlines, as the year comes to the end. In the southern hemisphere this is where we hit our summer, and so assimilation is really, really important. As we’re bringing everything together, we’re wanting to integrate it, and have everything come together nice and neatly. But sometimes, when our energy gets stuck, and we get so pressurised with our deadlines, it isn’t a nice, neat finish, and bringing everything together. It’s too strong. And we hit overwhelm as a result. Because we don’t have time to assimilate, we’re trying to get it all done and completed. We need to take a moment to take a breath, catch ourselves, and enjoy the process. To get us to being able to assimilate and integrate. To bring all our jobs to a final conclusion, in a successful and effective manner.

Some How Toos:

Going back to some how toos. So with the small intestine these two particular points on the small intestine meridian channel, small intestine four and five. Both of these will support you in your digestion of things, both physically and philosophically. Digesting food, and ideas. 

So they’re both on the outside of your wrist, down, in line with your pinky finger. your last finger.

Small Intestine 4: So the Small Intestine 4 Point, is located at the wrist bone, just below the pinky finger. Immediately below. At the bottom of your hand, effectively. This is the small intestine point. It’s great for strengthening and calming all aspects of your small intestine itself. It promotes peristalsis, supports the healthy gut lining, and it also stimulates the immune system. So generally your whole well-being, basically. 

Small intestine 5 is just below that, that bumpy wrist bone. It’s just towards your elbow, on the bottom of that bumpy bone. So small intestine 5, it’s located just below the small intestine 4. This small intestine point invigorates the small intestine channel, the whole channel. This enables greater mental clarity, and calmness. It supports decision making. So, just as our small intestine in our body filters what we want to absorb and filters out what we don’t need, elimination, this point also, similarly will do that on a philosophical level, with ideas. So it can help us to make decisions better, what we filter in, and what we filter out. This point can also aid in our physical digestion and nutrient absorption and is very effective for clearing the heat and the dampness that we spoke about from summer, from our body. 

So now you have an understanding of how important the meridian channels of the fire element can be, for you to enjoy your summer period. To be vivacious, to be joyous, to be full of vim and vigor, and fire, and really get out in your joy of this season.

As you welcome the holiday season, how ever you are celebrating this year, with people abounding, with family abounding, whatever that looks like for you. We wish you the world of joy throughout this holiday period, and of course through 2024.

If you have any questions about what I’ve been talking about, please feel free to ask them in the comments below, or an email. 

Join us next time, for some more tips on the triple heater and how it can help to settle your vagus nerve and bring you back to center even more. 

Namaste

Sarah xx

 

ps. To help you even more, I’ve just written a Cheat Sheets series which includes tips to help you clear any heat or damp induced: stomach upsets, irritability, or lethagy. In these cheat sheets, are 3 exercises to help you balance your “triple heater” meridian channel, and reduce chronic stress and small-t trauma affecting your body.

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Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

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