A Quick Note…
I have discovered that, when used properly, Feng Shui brings peace and harmony into the dwelling in which it resides. When I was working with a Day Spa in Washington, D.C., I had the chance to meet several cosmetologists and estheticians who trained and worked in India. They shared a lot of history and tips on Feng Shui with me that I have never forgotten.
Now, I’d like to say that what I am writing here is what I believe and have personally experienced. Take out of this post what you will and, as I will always advocate, design your space to reflect you. In all that I share, I present resources for you to consider that you can take or leave. I have included links in this post for you that will lead you to more information on Feng Shui (references, at the very end), if you’d like to read more about it. What is presented here is a short compilation of the research that I have done.
It is an ancient Chinese practice that draws upon the laws of Heaven and Earth to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi (pronounced chi). The original discipline was called, Kan Yu, or Tao of heaven and earth.
Feng Shui is an ancient philosophy (emerging sometime near the construction of the first Egyptian pyramids) that has a deep history. There are many writings about this ancient practice along with a considerable amount of debate. It is a practice that I am continually learning about and have, over the years, adopted in the structure of my home as well as a couple of the salons that I have designed.
According to HappyHomeZone, those who practice Feng Shui have learned to harmonize the home with the personality traits of the household occupants. The same can be said for places of business as well. Feng Shui masters say that with the mastery of Feng Shui comes a healthier lifestyle, personal wealth, and enrichment of social status.
Today, the art & practice of Feng Shui involves situating structures on and around spots of good Qi. Qi is the energy or life force that is present. A goal in incorporating Feng Shui is to block negative energies and nurture positive ones. There are certain techniques that one can use to structure dwellings (in your case your home or salon/spa) so that positive energies flow freely and negative energies are minimized or blocked. Just think how this can enhance your workflow and personal satisfaction!
Design & Décor
A room does not have to be decorated with flutes and bamboo in order to use Feng Shui (although you can do this if you wish). Decorating with Feng Shui principles involves the movement of energy and moving blocked areas so energy moves at a balanced pace around the entire home. Feng Shui practitioners will use all types of tools to move this energy. This could involve decorating with mirrors, water, plants, color, sound, scent, and more.
Below are decorating techniques that you can use in your own office or, even your home.
A water fountain in the entrance makes an enchanting sound, calls money to the dwelling and provides an interesting decorative element to the entrance. Make sure the entrance is in proportion to the building. If the entrance is too small, opportunity cannot get through. If it is too large, it will move by too quickly before you can react. Is there aggressive artwork in the front entrance? Sharp pointy objects aren’t the friendliest to encounter up entering. Decorate with rounded curves, a round or oval rug, round mirror, and plants with smooth round leaves. There should be a calm feeling in the entrance so the person is not confused when entering. Adequate lighting and light colored walls are decorative touches that make the entrance feel more open and spacious. A blocked entrance is one where a closet door immediately faces the person entering the house. If this is the case in your entrance, place a mirror behind the closet door. This allows the energy to flow through the door.
Office/ For the Entrepreneur
*Sit facing the desk and position the desk so that it is easy to see the door.
*Place the desk chair against a solid wall, and have a high back chair.
*Place a mountain or landscape picture on a wall behind the desk for support.
*Do not have a corner of a desk or cabinet stabbing in the back.
*Remove unorganized clutter from the desktop. Clutter is bad in Feng Shui.
*Remove paper trays from any area of the desk
*Tie three Chinese coins with red ribbon and place them throughout the office and on the desk.
*Do not place a trashcan underneath a desk as this metaphorically places things on the desk into the trashcan.
*Do not be tempted to have a business name placed on a doormat. Many people each day are stomping muddy feet on the business name.
*Remove all sharp objects from the desktop such as a cactus or plants with sharp leaves.
*Get rid of files that are not current and leave spaces in the filing cabinets. This ensures room for more business to come in.
*Choose desks and office furniture carefully. Choose a desk that is in direct scale to the size of the office. Bigger is not always better.
*A fax machine, and computer are good in the wealth area for more business.
*Place a dragon on the right hand side of the desk facing the window or door.
*Avoid putting pictures and art above your head; don’t let the attention of your visitors be distracted from you.
*The lighting must be good. Research shows that people are much more motivated and healthier if they sit near windows.
Proper desk placement from a Feng Shui standpoint is important in any office setting from large to the smallest cubicle. The desk has a big influence on how the success of a business will grow and prosper so take the time to use a few Feng Shui decorating tips.
This may not be the first room we think about, but giving the bathroom some attention with the principles of Feng Shui is very important. Bathrooms are a necessary space and have a big influence on the rest of the dwelling and the employees and customers that inhabit that space. In Feng Shui, bathrooms have a relationship to cleansing and the element of water and wealth. When a bathroom is in disrepair, leaking or plugged, this could lead to other problems of health and lack of money. Good Feng Shui for the bathroom means clean, working and healthy.
Good Feng Shui in a bathroom would include ideas such as keep the bathroom door closed to the rest of the house. Keep the toilet lid down blocking the drain. Cover the sinks and bathroom drains when not in use. Place a bamboo on the bathroom counter and have it reflected back by a mirror. Place a screen between the toilet and the rest of the bathroom. Decorate the bathroom to feel inviting with good quality towels to show wealth and abundance. Gold towels may be a good choice as this is the color of health and wealth. Keep the clutter down in the bathroom and make sure there are no kitchen appliances in the bathroom. Open the bathroom window for good circulation of energy. Smoke some white sage in the bathroom to remove blocked energy. Place fresh flowers or plants in the bathroom anytime for uplifting energy. Using earthy objects such as a terra cotta soap dish, in the bathroom is a good technique for balancing the water energy. Warm colors in a bathroom décor help to balance dark, damp yin energies. Keep the bathroom in good working order and a necessary bathroom can be a supportive room.
In the world of Feng Shui, everything of the Earth belongs to one of five elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal. Each element manifests and radiates energy in the form of Qi. These same elements are present in our own personalities. An example of this would be that a highly creative, social persona would be classified as a Wood personality type.
Below is a quick breakdown.
Water = blue & black shades (represents positive energy); peaceful and calm (still water) and on the flip side it can be violent or even chaotic (running water).
Wood = green shades (represents new life & renewal), creative and developing energy, personal growth and development of one’s mind, strong willed individuals.
Fire = red, pink & maroon shades (represents heat & light); expansionism and enthusiasm, natural born leaders
Earth = orange, yellow & brown shades (represent health & well-being); grants stability creating a strong foundation to build legacy upon legacy, honest, level-headed, and rational individuals
Metal = white, silver, gray & gold shades (represents wealth & prosperity); Mental strength, wealth and luxury.
Here are some Lifestyle Feng Shui tips for everyone from The Spirit of Feng Shui webpage:
**Tips for your spirit. Nurture your spirit and your business will thrive.
Look deep into yourself and don’t be afraid to do so! That is the only way to develop and change in a beneficial way. Be honest with yourself – you deserve truth and awareness.
Open your palms, close your eyes and reach your arms up and out, as though you are waiting to be picked up or embraced. (This is necessary for unifying your soul with the universe)
Imagine the energy radiating from your heart, your lungs, your palms and that the energy is touching everything in its path.
Beam the energy away from you, sending it into the farthest corners of the universe.
Repeat this mantra: “I am open to positive change in any form it takes.”
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Thank you ~ Jennifer