The table below gives you a brief snapshot at the qualities of the Kidney Meridian:
Zen Shiatsu uses the theory that meridians exist in all life forms and that the quality of the meridians are expressed in how that life form functions. How the life form moves, nourishes itself, protects itself and how it identifies and defines itself represents the characteristics that describes the physical function of the life. Therefore Meridians are the expression of ourselves and can explain our innate characteristics. We are an expression of our energy and if any area of our being is imbalance we see that expressed through emotion, our mind, and our physical being.
The Water Element defines how we respond to external stimuli and seen as the way we interact with the environment. Are we prone to fight or flight?
If we are prone to ‘run’ from what we perceive as danger, if we move away from stimuli we are being governed by the Kidney and Urinary Bladder Meridians. When we are fearful of something we will often ‘turn our back’ on that stimuli. Hence we describe the Water elements as being at our back. Looking at the kidney meridian we see that it moves from the middle of our body (in the legs) to the front of our body and so it becomes the more yin aspect of the Water Element. The Urinary Bladder channel runs more along the back of our body and in another article we will explain this Yang meridian in more detail. For now we recognise the Urinary Bladder channel as being the protector of the Kidney Meridian – a place of fear and our will power.
The Kidneys are represented in our lower back, with pain and weakness in the lumbar area often a sign of kidney energy imbalance. Weak, brittle bones are also considered symptoms of imbalance of the kidney meridian. The kidney energy is never in excess and is only recognised as ever being deficient. Kidney deficiency can be one of the Yin aspect or the Yang aspects and will present in different ways.
Signs of kidney deficiency include:
These signs need to be diagnosed in context and should only be taken as a general guideline to help you determine if you need to make an appointment with your Oriental Remedial practitioner or Acupuncturist. If you want more information contact me today for your free phone chat.