Spring into Spring

April 9, 2019

 

spring (noun):

- a time or season of growth or development

- an elastic body or device that recovers its original shape when released after being distorted

- the act or an instance of leaping up or forward

- capacity for springing : resilience

 

 

The beginning of spring is highlighted by new possibilities, growth, and renewal. However, unlike their namesake season, Spring body types are characterized by rigidity/inelasticity and a resistance to change. Qi, the life force energy, becomes stuck in energetic channels instead of flowing freely through the body, and the resulting blockages manifest as physical and mental tension. Tight muscles and tendons, back and neck pain, headaches, emotional moodiness, and feelings of impatience and frustration – these are the hallmarks of Spring body types and indications that qi is blocked. The solution for getting qi to flow? Loosen up and increase elasticity in both body and mind.

 

Body:

  • Stretch your body – static and dynamic stretching increase flexibility in the musculoskeletal system; routines can be done on your own or assisted by professional trainers.

  • Exercise – activities like yoga, Pilates, and Feldenkrais elongate the body and open up your posture, while increasing mindfulness and self-awareness.

  • Bodywork – massage, reflexology, and acupuncture/acupressure relieve pain and release tension in tight muscles.

  • Warm settings – whirlpool baths, saunas, and hot yoga warm up the muscles and encourage the flow and circulation of qi.

 

Mind:

  • Release stress – breathing exercises, meditation, progressive relaxation, and cognitive therapy can all help to manage stress and improve emotional awareness.

  • Let go of the need to control – Spring body types are organizers, wanting to plan and control everything and everyone. Look for opportunities to be spontaneous, follow whims, and get out of your comfort zone.

  • Express yourself – find safe, creative outlets to express your emotions instead of bottling them in and allowing them to fester.

  • Stretch your mind – the brain is both elastic and plastic, having the ability to adapt and make new neural connections based on environmental and behavioral changes. Exercise your mind by learning new things like speaking a foreign language or playing a musical instrument.

 

Aligning with the spirit of spring means being open to new experiences and staying flexible, adaptable, and resilient. When you “go with the flow,” your qi will too.

 

 

References:

 

"spring." Merriam-Webster.com. 2019. https://www.merriam-webster.com (9 April 2019).

 

 

Photo by: fizkes/Shutterstock.com

 

 

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