Extraordinary Energy in You

Understanding our unseen selves is a pursuit long practiced by Eastern cultures.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the twelve primary meridians are well known and commonly taught. More than these twelve meridians exist and flow through us.  Yuichi Kawada’s “Essential Shiatsu: The Eight Extraordinary Meridians”, identifies and explains these pathways summarily. The author elaborates a comprehensive flow of yin and yang energy through the body directed by the extraordinary meridians.

As a practitioner of Shiatsu, this information broadened my perspective on the energetic flow occurring in the human body and helped me to understand the unending cycle of transforming energy circulating through us. When working with clients, I  use this knowledge to deepen the insight gained during a session and increase my awareness of the rhythms of my clients. An expanded knowledge of energetic movement throughout the human body improves the overall efficiency of its flow.

From a TCM perspective, the flow of chi revolves around the body starting from its most Yin zone in the front right foot. It accumulates Yang energy as it zig-zags to the left and upward from the right foot to left, up to the right shoulder and over to the left. It then travels to the back to become our most Yang aspect in the upper left region of the back. The Yang energy zig-zags downward gaining Yin as it flows to the back of the right foot.

Understanding this continuous movement of Qi in our bodies helps stay in tune with ourselves. When our lives are out of balance, this knowledge helps us identify where energy may be stagnate or blocked. We can direct our energy more ably as a result.

Below are diagrams of the extraordinary meridians. All images are courtesy of “Essential Shiatsu: The Eight Extraordinary Meridians”.

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Mesmerizing mural for your musing mind

Body Awakening's Mural

An epic elaboration of archetypes, heroes, and gods awaits your presence in Body Awakening’s Studio. As many civilizations have looked to the heavens for inspiration, we beckon you to look above for the same spark.

As you enter our space, Ganesha, the Gatekeeper and overcomer of obstacles greets you warmly.

Keeping watch over the entryway and overcoming all obstacles

Hanuman leaps an unfathomable distance to pluck the sun out of the sky as if it were fruit.

Leaping a million yojanas to pluck the sun out of the sky as if it were fruit

Krishna charms all with his lyrical flute and cheery demeanor.Charming all with his lyrical flute and cheery demeanor

The sage sits contemplating the rhythms of the universe, while the poet writes the messages of the muses on the sage’s beard.

Contemplating the rhythms of the universe while the poet writes the muses' messages on his beard

Theseus, Greece’s greatest hero, emerges from defeating the minotaur in the maze; bringing his truth to light.

Emerging successfully from the maze, bringing truth to light

Shiva sits, meditating, observing peace during our era.Meditating on mountain peaks in observation of peace in our era

Silhouetted lovers embrace affectionately with our best energy.Earth's perfect duo in love

Artemis draws her bow exemplifying graceful feminine strength.The huntress draws her bow in honor of feminine strength

A majestic sun beams enlightening the cosmos.Enlightening the cosmos

Fierce Durga sits poised on her tiger, ready to provide feminine protection.

Fierce protectress on her powerful tiger

A bastion of peace exudes calming energy from his nirvanic state.An ever-present bastion of calm in his nivanic state

The dream of the universe is brought into existence by Vishnu, sleeping pleasantly on his bed of nagas in the sea of infinity.Dreams the universe into existence on his bed of nagas in the sea of infinity

All this, a stunning Westward San Francisco view, vibrant colors, and more beckon you for a truly inspired state of relaxation with a Body Awakening session.

We’d like to offer a special thanks to San Francisco’s Sonya Genel for bringing our vision of interweaving of myth, legend, gods, and cosmos into such a wonderful artistic manifestation: Shukriya, Shukriya, Shukriya!

New Studio in the Mission

Body Awakening has moved to a new studio location in the Mission! We’re happy to have ActivSpace as our new home for facilitating integrative well-being, 7 days a week.

Located five stories up, our space looks over the Western undulating horizon featuring Twin Peaks, Sutro Tower, Dolores High School Tower, The U.S. Mint, and SFU’s belfries. Eliminate your stresses at any time between a refreshing foggy sunrise, or a moonlit city after a full day.

Our studio offers a vibrant atmosphere. Elemental characters from four cultures populate our Southern wall. Maa Laxmii looks over the city, offering her good fortune to all in her gaze. Buddha meditates over a reflection box. The places of healing arts from around the globe speckle the window. Body Awakening’s lotus and Ohm paired with an aspirational hero’s bow and arrow flank two columnar positions. A peacock feather adorns another. A labyrinthine impression hangs from the ceiling colored to induce creativity. All this creates 1001 cubic feet of healing space, where you can express yourself feely.

Sessions in our studio will leave your refreshed and inspired to be your best self. Stop by for a visit, and see what Body Awakening can do for you.

Thanks to all who helped us break-in the space! The open house energized the studio well. See below for some pics of the event. More pictures on Facebook.

 

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