Five Element Theory, or Wu Xing, is an ancient philosophy that underpins all of Chinese society. It is used to explain the natural world, its relationships and interactions, and it is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Feng Shui, Tai Chi, Qigong, and much, much more. The Five Elements – Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal – each have their own characteristics and associations (e.g., direction, season, color, climate, planets, taste, internal organ, body tissue, positive and negative emotions, mental dispositions, strengths, weaknesses, aspects of the soul, etc.) and they have been used for centuries to help bring wisdom, self-understanding, balance and harmony to our daily lives.
In this presentation we will learn about the five elements and their relationship to our own healing and personality. Participants will take the Five Element Inventory to determine their elemental profile and learn simple energy medicine exercises to help balance their elements and restore harmony to mind, body and spirit. These easy-to-do qigong-like exercises are ideal for ALL populations since they require no equipment, can be done standing and/or sitting, and are appropriate for everyone regardless of health, age or fitness level. These exercises have been shown to balance the five elements, reduce the impact of stress, and bring mind, body and spirit into balance and harmony.