On the 5 February, over 1.4 billion people will be celebrating Chinese New Year, welcoming in the Year of ‘The Pig’. Otherwise known as ‘The Spring Festival’, Chinese New Year gives us in the West a moment to reflect and learn the simple principles of yang sheng, a little known aspect of Chinese Medicine encapsulated by Hayo’u Method.
Today there is still little understanding about Chinese Medicine and even less around yang sheng. The term ‘yang sheng’ in Chinese Medicine is all about self-healing or to “nurture life” and is based on the philosophy of Taoism, which prioritises living with the rhythms of nature.
In our society, physical and mental health remain separate issues and are treated as such. The Chinese approach to health is very different: it treats mind and body as a whole and believes that each can affect the other. As such, Chinese Medicine places significant importance on incorporating a holistic approach to our health.
Taking this central self-healing aspect of Chinese Medicine – Hayo’u Method founder and Chinese practitioner Katie Brindle has distilled the essence of thousands of years of Chinese wisdom into simple, one-minute rituals to follow with the full range of products. Through gua sha (a massage technique using a tool) and conscious breathing exercises, you can simplify your beauty regime to help reduce the signs of premature ageing, while also looking after your internal physical and mental wellbeing.
Katie explains, “I love Chinese New Year, not least because suddenly everyone takes a moment to consider what Chinese wisdom can offer us. This year I’ve noticed an unprecedented groundswell of curiosity, as the world wakes up to the remarkable benefits of facial gua sha. Lesser known is that this is just the first step into the profound self-healing system of yang sheng – and I’m delighted to be pioneering this movement in the UK. I am so encouraged that the NHS is finally starting to focus more resources on preventive health. Yang Sheng offers very simple, inexpensive solutions that support people in mastering their own health.”