Harmonising Your Space and Self: The Interconnectedness of Feng Shui, Acupuncture, and Osteopathy

Introduction: Feng shui, acupuncture, and osteopathy may seem like distinct practices at first glance, each rooted in different cultural and scientific backgrounds. However, a closer examination reveals a fascinating interconnectedness in their core philosophies and methodologies. Each discipline, in its unique way, seeks to harmonise and balance the energies within and around us, whether it’s in our living spaces, bodies, or minds.

The Essence of Feng Shui: Feng shui, an ancient Chinese art form, is centred around harmonising individuals with their surrounding environment. It is based on the concept of ‘chi’ or ‘qi’ – the life force or energy flow. Feng shui practitioners believe that the arrangement and orientation of space, objects, and colours can significantly influence the energy flow in a space, impacting the inhabitants’ health, wealth, and happiness.

Acupuncture: Balancing the Body’s Energy: Acupuncture, another gem from traditional Chinese medicine, also revolves around the concept of qi. It involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body, known as meridians. This process is believed to balance the energy flow within the body, addressing various physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, from chronic pain to stress and anxiety.

Osteopathy: A Holistic Approach to Body Wellness: Osteopathy, developed in the late 19th century in the United States, takes a holistic approach to healthcare. It focuses on the importance of the musculoskeletal system in overall health and uses manual therapy techniques, such as manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. This discipline recognises the interconnectedness of all body systems and aims to restore balance, encouraging the body’s natural healing capabilities.

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Difference between classical feng shui and modern, progressive feng shui

Different schools of feng shui

There are many different types and schools of feng shui. Many feng shui schools don’t agree with each other and sometimes they even propose completely conflicting solutions. This is usually because they address different levels of thinking about space and time in different times and places Think about feng shui as a form of art or cooking – no art/cooking style is better than the others – they’re just different expressions of the same function and the form follows the function depending on circumstances. There are universal feng shui truths and there are local/cultural feng shui truths. It’s best to follow a checklist of how to choose a feng shui consultant for your needs, a person-centred feng shui consultant (read about how to choose your feng shui consultant).

Classical feng shui vs contemporary feng shui

Classical feng shui vs modern feng shui

There are basically two approaches in feng shui at the moment:

1) Classical feng shui which includes form school and compass school based on ancient Chinese classical feng shui texts.

2) Modern feng shui is an applied feng shui which includes and transcends the classical feng shui and also utilises modern, evidence-based environmental sciences and approaches such as environmental psychology, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), electromagnetic pollution and radiation, dirty electricity (DR), geopathic stress, ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, space conditioning (in feng shui called space clearing and clutter management) and more. Evolution of any discipline follows a similar pattern of transcending and including what came before it (not repressing the past, not hating the past, just transcending and including it). Modern feng shui understands and validates classical feng shui contributions and goes beyond and evolves this discipline further into a truly universal and holistic study as well as evidence-based discipline Modern feng shui prehends classical feng shui and makes its a subject of study because only modern feng shui has scientific methods available to study and understand classical feng shui.

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