We spent some time in our last blog introducing the three main causes of energy blockages and promised that we would explore the causes of these in more detail. Today we are going to investigate energy blockages which have physical causes. For example, how our bodies react to certain situations such as stress, relationships, loss and bereavement, but also how we react to external blockages caused by toxins in food, environmental pollution and other chemicals.
Our human energy is affected by the exposure to an excess accumulation of toxins absorbed into the body from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the unhealthy food we eat. We then use our energy to trying to rid these toxins rather than focusing on the healthy functioning of our body. Over time, this leads to feelings of depleted energy and low mood.
How to overcome physical causes of blocked energy
When we are overworked or overtired; when we eat at irregular times or a diet of sugary or processed food we can deplete our energy levels and build up toxins, tension and blocked energy in the body. Blocked energy can affect our digestion, absorption of nutrients and elimination affecting our health.
I suggest that you eat as healthily as possible at regular meal times. Try eating a varied diet in order to get enough of every important nutrient; Avoiding fried or processed food, sugar and trying not to drink too much alcohol is also important. This way we provide our body with the nutrients it needs to function correctly. Without nutritional food, metabolic processes slow down, and your physical health declines. Eating nutritious meals regularly gives you the energy you need to live and complete the daily tasks necessary for a happy, balanced life.
You should also have some awareness of the toxins that are contained in food, even the healthy foods, along with the toxins that can be released depending on how food is prepared and stored. Toxins in your food come from a variety of sources, including and not limited to:
The pesticides used to grow your food
Food packaging and storage containers
The type of pots and pans you use
The non-stick and plastic components in small appliances
Toxins stored in fatty animal products
Chemical contaminants in Tap Water
- Create a Clean Environment
Whilst we have less control over our environment, pay careful attention to creating the most ideal home environment that you can. Be mindful again of the toxins that are found in products we use to clean our homes and ourselves. Of course physical energy blockages can also be caused by wider environmental influences such as pollution or a smoky environment.
Environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but also how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working. The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, or sad, or helpless. This in turn elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A pleasant and happy environment reverses that.
- Connect with Nature
Spend as much time with nature as possible. Nature has a soothing and restorative quality. Most of us experience improvement to our mood after spending time outside, often citing feeling calmer and more balanced.
- Receiving Energy
The energy you receive during a treatment with Master Oh (Qi) or through Qi Classes helps to open energy blockages and remove stagnant toxins, improving the circulation and boosting the immune system. Having a treatment is a great way to open deep-seated energy blockages quickly. From there Master Oh recommends changing our patterns to support the healthy flow of Qi throughout the body by doing all the above, as well as regular exercise.