Spring is the time to spring forth and take action.The New Year’s resolutions that flailed in January will take on new life in spring when we feel a spark of energy from within. It is time for “spring fever,” a time to get out of our comfort zone and be active again. How do you tap into this wisdom of nature to create an energy of harmony and fl ow in your spa space? Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) provides a good model with feng shui, the art of place and placement. Symbolically, feng means wind/air and represents yang or masculine energy, and shui means water, representing yin or feminine energy. Think of yang energy as outgoing, like a centrifugal force, and yin energy as receiving, like gravity. They are two parts of the same whole that create the duo – energy dance that fuels all living things. Using the feng shui bagua, co lor and the five elements, we are going to take a peek into the flow of energy as it relates to a spa owner/ manager and the spa space. The goal is to create a safe and sacred space for clients to feel nourished that represents you and your essence.
The bagua, meaning “eight areas,” is the feng shui template used as an overlay to observe the natural flow of energy in your entire spa and individual rooms. (See the Spa Bagua Table. ) The middle represents the essence of the space with the yin – yang symbol, and it’s an extension of the person or people who occupy the space. Your essence is the core of your business with your energy setting the tone. To build a successful business, it is of utmost importance that you have self – awareness to know who you are. From this place of knowing, you infuse your space with loving intention. Feng shui expert Nancy Dadami recommended looking at what your spa is offering. “Do you want people to feel nurtured and taken care of?…READ MORE
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Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging and placing objects in our environment. This thoughtful spatial layout facilitates optimal circulation of energy (Qi). Qi circulates throughout our body and imbalance occurs when that Qi becomes excessive, stagnant or deficient. The Asian worldview perceives our bodies as a microcosm of the universe, and thus, the same principles apply. It is this reasoning that forms the basis of feng shui, which acts to correct environmental imbalances due to overactive, stuck or insufficient Qi flow.
A majority of feng shui principles are extensions of common sense. Many people are sensitive to the flow of Qi outside of their bodies, and intuition guides them to favor areas with smooth and easy Qi flow. We have all experienced the difference between entering a room that feels awkward vs. entering a room that feels good. It is astonishing how some simple feng shui guidelines can transform the energy of a space, and result in positive implications for all of its occupants.
Following are seven feng shui tips to optimize the energetics of a massage practice:
- Entrance Area: The space where someone first enters your practice is considered to be an auspicious place. Because one might pause here upon entering or leaving, they are affected by the Qi that flows through it. Entrance halls with no windows or doors, or enclosed in some way, can cause the Qi to stagnate. Strategically placed mirrors, a small water fountain or a ceiling fan can create the movement necessary to eliminate energetic stagnation…READ MORE