Health & Well-being
Feng Shui for Your
Health and Vitality
many of us wake up in the morning feeling refreshed,
happy and full of energy? How many of us, after
a few hours in the office, still feel full of
by: Rodika Tchi, MSc
Why certain environments
uplift our spirits and make us breathe deeper, while others
drain our energy? We seem to have forgotten how deeply
connected we are with the space we live in and how important
is for our well being to live in a balanced environment.
As our lives are certainly
not getting easier, the need to create a healthy and vibrant
home environment cannot be overestimated. We have to have
a safe, peaceful and energetically balanced space where
our bodies can let down the daylong protective shield
and focus on regenerating and self-healing.
Feng Shui is an ancient art
and science that has been used for over 5,000 years to
heal, balance and enrich people’s lives. It is a
very complex body of knowledge that reveals how humans
are connected to their environment and shows numerous
ways to change specific aspects of one’s life by
changing the living or working space.
Being aware of this deep
connection and its influence on all aspects of your life,
it would be wise to employ feng shui knowledge in your
home (and business!) to improve your health, vitality,
and general well-being.
One of the main theories
of Feng Shui is the theory of Five Elements, which are
Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. The elements are the
five manifestations of Chi, or universal energy, and are
represented in your environment by colors, shapes, textures,
smells, taste, etc.
They interact with each other
in certain ways, the basic cycles being Constructive (where
each element supports the other) or Destructive (where
one element destroys the other).
Understanding this theory
and its applications in your life can be a very powerful
tool indeed. In order to experience high vitality levels
and an increased level of well-being, feng shui masters
recommend living in a place that supports and nourishes
your birth element.
Each of us has a predominant
element, which is calculated by the year of birth. (You
can find out your own element from specific tables in
many feng shui books or by visiting our website) Once
you know your own element, look around your place and
see which element is predominant in it.
Yes, any specific environment
also has its own predominant element. For example, if
your living room has purple curtains, art with predominant
red-orange colors, lots of candles, a fireplace, objects
in triangular, pointed shapes etc; the energy in the room
is predominantly Fire.
If your birth element is
Wood, and you live in a Fire environment you will tend
to experience headaches, inability to relax, have constant
arguments with you family, often feel “burnt out.”
As Fire burns the Wood, you
need to focus on reducing the element of Fire in your
environment, thus improve your well being. To remedy this
situation, you may want to bring some of your own element
(Wood) and/or the element of Water (which puts down the
Wood element can be brought
into your environment by colors brown and green, plants
(green bamboo is especially powerful!) objects in rectangular
shapes, actual wooden objects and other.
Water can be represented by
actual water (a fountain) or images of water – oceans,
lakes, rivers; as well as mirrors, wavy and curved shapes,
colors black or deep blue, etc.
The scenario described above
will also be true for a person whose birth element is
Metal, as Fire melts the Metal. However, an Earth or Water
person will feel very good in that environment, and you
can easily guess why. Both of these elements are not overpowered
by the Fire energy.
An old Chinese proverb states
that feng shui consultants double as doctors. And for
a good reason. The art and science of Feng Shui has a
wealth of recommendations, cures, solutions for every
person and virtually every space, be it home, business,
Just like your body has a
specific anatomy, the space you inhabit also has its own
anatomy, with its own “do’s” and “don’ts.”
Specific areas of your life, as well as specific body
organs relate to specific areas of your home. For example,
East is the area “responsible” for Family
The element of East is Wood;
therefore it is wise to avoid the placement of objects
representing either Fire or Metal in this area of your
home/business. If you suffer from certain body ailments,
you can choose to place in the East area a picture, or
any other representation of a medicine plant particularly
healing for you (for example dandelion for liver problems)
Here are some feng shui remedies
to improve your Health and increase Vitality:
Keep the center of your House
clean, clutter free and open. This is considered the Heart
of the House and is a sacred area in many old cultures.
No heavy objects should be placed here.
The center of your space is
a very good place for a fountain, some crystals, bells/chimes
with a harmonious sound, happy pictures of your loved
ones, or any other items that speak to your heart.
Reduce or eliminate metal
objects from your Bedroom, as metal conducts electricity.
Work on reducing the electromagnetic fields in your bedroom.
Provide an ideal space for your body to regenerate, replenish
and heal itself during sleep. ç
Do not sleep under beams or
sloped ceiling. Do not sleep with your feet in line with
the door. Have a good, supportive headboard. Choose a
Become aware of the quality
of air in your space. Aerate your home often and use essential
oils like lavender, chamomile, sage, frankincense, bergamot,
etc to purify the space, uplift the spirits and improve
your sense of well being.
Consider using an air ionizer
should this be necessary. Have specific plants that purify
the air, such as peace lily, boston fern, spider plant,
etc. Color green is very healing.
Have a pleasing welcoming
entrance. It should be well lit, spacious and have uplifting
energy. If you face a wall or stairs, apply specific feng
shui cures or your life could be stuck in unnecessary
Surround yourself with objects
you love and people that uplift your spirits. Try to spend
some time in nature at least once a day. Make your home
a healing refuge from the stress you encounter during
the day by applying various feng shui cures and reducing
the internal pollutants present in most homes.
By following these simple,
basic feng shui recommendations you can greatly improve
your sense of well being. You can bring healing beauty
and harmony into your life and create an environment that
is fully supportive of you and your loved ones.
About The Author
RODIKA Tchi, MSc, has
been a researcher and practitioner of the field of feng
shui for over 8 years. She has several feng shui certifications
from the International Institute for Feng Shui and Geobiology
based in Germany and happy clients in many countries.
Raised in Europe and educated in the US, Rodika lives
in Vancouver, British Columbia and consults internationally.
She can be reached at www.tchiconsulting.com