Thai Massage & the 5 Elements
The Five Elements
The Five Elements, or Five Phases, are aspects of Qi. These are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. In the poetic language of the Five Elements, health is a harmonious balance of all the elements. The Qi of the elements waxes and wanes in daily and seasonal cycles. Each one of us is a unique and characteristic blend of the influences of all the elements. This system serves as an aid for understanding the limitless correspondences that pervade every facet of life.
Each element attunes itself with internal organs, seasons, emotions, body parts, colors, environments etc. Each element is linked to the next and are an interdependent cycle of life which can function in either a creative or destructive force.
WOOD burn to make
FIRE whose ashes decompose into
EARTH where are born and mined
METALS which enrich
WATER which nourishes trees (WOOD)
WOOD is cut by METAL
FIRE is extinguished by WATER
EARTH is penetrated by WOOD
METAL is melted by FIRE
WATER is contained by EARTH
Chinese Body Clock
Thousands of years ago Taoist sages observed chi flow and various mood changes, body functions and disorders along the meridians at different times of day and year, complementing the complex and precise structure of traditional Chinese medicine.
WATER – Introduction of the Water element.
Looking deeper at the spine, bones & kidneys and focusing on acupressure points to energize and tonify the water element and address the emotions of fear and insecurity. Dealing with ailments of lower back pain, chronic fatigue, coldness, fertility, sexual abuse, low libido & kidney issues.
WOOD – Embracing the Wood element.
Addressing the liver & gall bladder and liver-related issues. Learning how to disperse and move anger and aggression in order to harmonize and work positively with the central nervous system and psychosomatic issues, such as paranioa, moodiness, fickle behaviour, qi stagnation and addictions.
FIRE – Looking into the Fire element.
This is related with the heart and small intestines, With the application of Thai massage and work on the meridians, we work on people with severe ups and downs, emotional disturbances, and traumas – basically calming the internal fire.
EARTH – Touching the Earth element.
Exploring the spleen and stomach by confronting worry and anxiety, lack of direction and purpose in life. Also deficiency in the digestive system can benefit from boosting and tonification of certain points and by empowering the core. Our strength lies in our core.
METAL – Opening up the Metal element.
The lungs and large intestines and addressing all kinds of respiratory problems, such as asthma and chronic lung disorders. When we deal with grief, mourning and excessive sadness we are also able to balance and harmonize the metal element.
During the “Thai Massage & the 5 Elelemnts Course” with Krishnataki, we learn about the therapeutic application of Thai massage, in accordance with the five elements of Chinese Medicine. Each day we focus on a different element and understand the internal organs, meridians, acu-points and practices associated with it and use Thai massage sequences to address imbalances there.
Together this course is an exploration; it is an invitation to get to know yourself better and the physical, emotional and spiritual issues which are holding you back from living your full potential. When you have a deeper, more intimate awareness of yourself, then you are able to understand and help others. We are using the ancient wisdom of the sages of the East, who, through endless observation, patience and first-hand experience have created a complex, flawless system of understanding mind-body health to give a deeper understanding of how we can harmonize our existence here on planet Earth.