This is an article that explores how we can aid, maintain and potentially further our health and wellbeing during winter following the wisdom of traditional eastern medicine... I hope you enjoy it and find some useful tips. Published in the winter edition of Norwich Mind, Associates E-Magazine and the NHS Health and Wellbeing E-Magazine. Author Nicole Bayes, kindly edited by Dinah John
For many of us, winter can herald a grim period to be endured, with long hours of darkness and the weather getting wetter and colder. The world can seem bleak and often our desire to leave the house diminishes, as we would rather stay indoors and curl up in the warm. Shiatsu, a popular Japanese bodywork therapy, has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where these feelings are recognised as important natural signals from our own internal cycle, which mirrors that of the seasons. Maintaining good health includes recognising and honouring these cycles.