Spring, the rebirthing of nature and feelings of new hope is a beautiful season but has its challenges as well. The transition into the wood element season in Chinese medicine, can be understood as the plants trying to break into the cold earth from the winter. Through this amazing feat comes struggle, and for us humans usually spiritually, emotionally and physically. For those that suffer from allergies it can be even more difficult.
In Traditional Chinese medicine, allergies are looked upon as being caused by an imbalance in the flow of qi. Related to the element of ‘wind’, allergies are seen as a blockage of the qi to the nose and sinuses, which are related to imbalance in the lungs. A well, allergies are considered a deficiency in the Wei Qi, a protective field of energy that defends us from wind and the effects of pollen. This is usually related to kidney or spleen deficiency.
Some of the reasons the body may become imbalanced can be from general weakness and predisposition to allergies. Other reasons can be poor eating habits, chronic stress and lack of rest. Strengthening and balancing the body’s immune system and energetic Wei Qi can help with those suffering from allergies as well as avoiding windy situations as this wind often coexists with a deficiency of the protective Wei Qi.
In Chinese medicine treating the whole person rather than chasing the symptoms is pivotal in addressing allergies and effecting long lasting change. Herbs, acupuncture and Qi Gong are some beautiful ways in which allergies can be treated.
What Clients Say
As a Registered Massage Therapist I wanted to take your course to remind me of the intricacies of the human body and how we move and hold ourselves. These are things I try to pass on to my clients, to truly connect with our bodies, be kind to our bodies and move well, with intention. You showed me that and so much more. I'm truly grateful for your ability to help me feel and connect with my body so I can pass that understanding on to my clients. It's a wonderFULL thing!!
You truly helped me bring it in to the little things. Connecting to the strength to keeping movement small, really connecting to each part we were working on and connecting the parts in a very real palpable way. You reminded me of the importance of bringing it "in", slowing down, to a feeling level that was very real and gave a lot of strength back. Thank you so much for your very intentional and compassionate self. Thank you for the depth and breadth of your knowledge and making it very real and tangible and whole.
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Kelly Colleen, Yoga Teacher, Director or Programming & Teacher Development at YYoga
Thank you Marta for sharing your knowledge with us. Not just within your Pilates background but with your knowledge of movement as well. I learned so much more than I had anticipated, loved your energy and your feedback. I will miss the stories and laughter and positive energy from our class. I leave inspired, energized and ready to teach some Pilates!!
Kayla Dykstra (Mat Certification Summer 2016)
I feel that the dancing Pilates is a healing methodology that is holistic and based in grounded movement principles. It is regenerative and enlightening and connects rhythms in the body to natural movement patterns. It creates a sense of trust in the wisdom of the body to discover itself in movement and develops an inner state of flow and entrainment to the pulse of one's being. Such a gift.
I just wanted to say what a fabulous experience it was to go to your Initiation 101 Pilates teacher training. I knew you were an amazing teacher but to go through this course with you was such a unique experience. I feel so many things but grateful comes to mind first and foremost. I cannot wait for the rest of the courses.
Melissa Harris (Mat Certification Winter 2015)
Marta is an exceptional instructor who is extremely skilled at performing Pilates, and enthusiastic to share her knowledge and help others acheive a higher level of functioning. The courses were very well organized, with small class sizes to afford appropriate feedback on technique. Each fundamental and exercise was presented with demonstrations and discussion about purpose, and where appropriate modifications and progressions were suggested.