Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the individual and their environment by manipulating Qi through space and placement. It is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy which is the aesthetic assessment of a person’s character or personality, usually based on the face but also refers to a person, plant or terrain. QI, life force, plays an essential role in Feng Shui. It refers to the life force or élan vital that surrounds us all. It is this force that we are trying to harmonize. In yoga, we call this energy Prana, which flows in and out of the body by way of the breath.
It is also the name of a tea that I found in Nice several months ago… Rather fitting considering it was my tea of choice to infuse my facial steam this evening.
So Qi and faces in mind, I have struggled with acne since I turned 23 or so. It came upon me unsuspecting and was rather startling. In retrospect, it was a combination of stress and life circumstances. Although I have always been healthy and active, this experience was a drag. All the same, it gave me the chance to learn a great about what balance entails for myself.
I believe that when situations present themselves in our lives they come for a reason. Usually they have some lesson ingrained in the nooks and cranies that requires introspection and perhaps change on our part. Such was the fate of this experience – or just a lot of facial inspection.
On the horizon of 27 (whaa!), my skin has finally been able to regain a sense of balance. Looking back on my 23 year old self, it is striking the parallel I could make with this experience and other areas of my life at the time. Remarkable how our internal state affects our physical state. Likewise, how wonderfully powerful that our internal state can also effect our physical state.
One of the more positive aspects of this experience is that I have been able to become fairly well acclimated with skin care regimes, nutrition and the slew of products available on the market today. A field that I love and an interest that I would like to continue developing.
This is my Feng Shui Facial.
Facial steaming is a nice way to wind down a Sunday and prepare for the week ahead.
All you need:
- Steaming Hot Water (herbal tea or lemons slices)
Cover you head with the towel as you hold you head above the steaming water. This will open your pores and prepare the skin for a subsequent facial mask. Its also a nice opportunity to deeply inhale and exhale (think Prana) and let the week behind you go.