Feng Shui means ‘wind and water’ the two most powerful forces of nature. We can’t live long without either, only three minutes without air and three days without water.
Pronounced ‘foong shway’, Feng Shui was first used in ancient China 3000 years ago to determine the most auspicious sites for the tombs of ancestors. Later it started being used to site palaces, important government buildings and monuments until finally whole cities were designed and built according to Feng Shui principles.
It first became popular in the early 1990s in the West, initially in America, before it slowly spread to the rest of the western world.
Feng Shui assesses and influences the interaction between people, buildings and the environment. When the ‘chi’, or life energy force, is flowing appropriately, we are supported in life, like flowing with the tide and not against it. The benefits can be considerable.
By balancing the chi in your home and the opposites of yin and yang, i.e. male/female, dark/light, old/young, soft/hard, cold/warm, you can also make sure that the space supports the function of each room, so for example relaxing energy in the lounge and bedrooms, but more active energy in kitchens or offices/work spaces.