Introduction to Feng shui

Literally translated, feng shui means wind and water and although feng shui was first used as a way of divining the right sites for the family tomb, the Chinese soon spotted its potential for helping them design homes, communities and even cities. But what on earth does the way you decorate and arrange your house have to do with your health and wellbeing? Well, it works on the principal that where you live and work, and how you use and arrange your rooms and furniture, can seriously affect your health, wealth and happiness.

In oriental medicine the life energy force is known as chi; in turn this energy is made up of yin (passive, feminine) qualities and yang (active, masculine) qualities. If you have ever visited an acupuncturist you may have heard them talk about yin and yang and the energy that flows through so-called meridians or channels in the body. Feng shui practitioners maintain that the chi carried via wind and water around our environment is equally as important to our wellbeing. A bit like the plumbing, if the chi energy flows unblocked and balanced in our homes and workplaces then, according to feng shui, we’ll feel much happier and healthier. Blocked chi is a definite no-no as, much like a blocked drain, it causes the atmosphere to stagnate which affects the health and positive emotions of the people it surrounds. Just as damaging is chi that flows too fast because, as with a burst pipe, you can end up ankle deep in bad chi.