Balancing both inner, outer energy
After 33 years in the health-care field, Ginny Woods believes she is now of greatest value to her clients.
Woods feels this way because she has studied feng shui (pronounced “FUNG shway”) since 1999 with Helen and James Jay, owners of ChinaStudies Feng Shui Learning Center near SPD Market in Nevada City.
Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of arranging a physical environment to maximize balanced life energy, or chi. A living area, building or community should have good chi for the most optimal benefits.
Woods took two trips to China with the Jays, the most recent in mid-September. She hopes to visit China again this spring.
For more than three decades, Woods, 56, has merged Chinese and American medical practices. (She is the fourth generation of her family to enter the medical field.)
She worked as a registered nurse in Southern California hospitals and simultaneously practiced traditional Chinese medicine, specifically acupressure. When she moved to the Ridge in 1979, Woods continued to work in nursing and acupressure.
Acupressure uses manual pressure, as opposed to the needles used in acupuncture, to relieve pain or treat disease.
Chinese teachings hold that energy moves through the body in certain subtle paths. Acupressure is applied to adjust stagnant energy that becomes blocked when daily life stresses aren’t resolved, Woods explained.
Feng shui was a natural progression in her career.
“It’s another branch in the tree of Chinese healing. What I realized was for 33 years, I’ve been balancing the internal landscape of the human being, the life-force energy,” Woods said.
“While acupressure acts internally, feng shui balances energy through external landscapes by placement of objects and the creation of balance and harmony within our environment.”
Feng shui can help in a number of ways.
“Clients might have obstacles in the way of their career. Maybe they don’t have vibrant health or harmonious family relationships,” Woods said.
She trained in the black sect tradition of feng shui, which she says combines Tibetan, Chinese, Buddhist, Taoist, modern psychology and design principles. Some of these principles go back 5,000 years.
“This is the rest of my life’s work,” said Woods, who sees clients seven days a week and will offer four-hour feng shui introduction classes at ChinaStudies beginning April 27.
She’s taught self-help and acupressure classes since she was 22, and hopes she can clear up some misconceptions about feng shui in the classes.
“A lot of people are interested but confused. They think feng shui is just rearranging, but it’s much more than that. I want to make it easy for others to understand,” Woods said.
It’s also a practice that is conducted everyday by individuals who don’t realize that’s exactly what they are doing.
“Most everyone does feng shui to make themselves comfortable,” she said. “I remind them how good they feel when they move something in their room or hang a picture somewhere else. That’s feng shui. I like to nudge people that you don’t have to change your philosophy. It embraces life.
“Feng shui has opened another world. It’s given me more tools. That’s my walk in this life – to help develop harmony and compassion,” she said.
Call Woods at 292-1779 for more information about feng shui.
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