Feng Shui, Milieu Therapy & Eco-friendly Furniture

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

Milieu therapy is clinical term for how one’s physical and social environment can increase one’s wellbeing. Traditionally, Milieu therapy is applied to people who suffer from some kind of serious mental-illness, but its principles can be applied to anyone who wants to live a healthier and more gratifying life. For example, reorganizing a cluttered space can not only free you of unnecessary possessions but it also creates the space you need for new things to enter your life, and it makes it easier to move around your house without bumping into something. On a social level, using preventive medicine and being proactive by asking those you live with what they need each day and honoring their boundaries goes a long way towards maintaining a peaceful home. And if they irritate you later on, then you can always apply Milieu therapy by demolishing a roll of toilet-paper with a baseball bat in your backyard when no one’s looking.

As the title of this blogs suggests, there’s a connection between Milieu therapy and Feng Shui? Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the traits of any given space to assure health and good fortune for the people who inhabit that space. In English, Fengmeans wind, and Shui means water. For many people, wind and water are associated with good health, thus good Feng Shui came to mean good fortune, while bad Feng Shui meant misfortune. Historically, Feng Shui was widely used to orient buildings in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of Feng Shui, an auspicious site could be determined by local characteristics, such as bodies of water, vegetation, weather patterns, geography, longitude/latitude, and the general landscape of a particular area.

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Feng Shui Tips

The Yin and Yang form the core of Taosim as well as most other schools of mysticism and philosophy. Traditional Chinese medicine, martial-arts, feng shui, the I Ching and the cosmology of Taoism are all based on the dynamic interplay of the Yin and Yang forces. According to this world-view, everything in our universe is composed of two opposing but deeply interconnected forces--the Yin (feminine) and the Yang (masculine). The interaction of these two forces creates the essence of life around us. One cannot exist without the other, and in their apparent opposition, they actually support and balance each other. Feng Shui was suppressed in China during the culturalrevolution in the 1960s but since then has increased in popularity. Since Japan has a small land-mass compared to its large population, the Japanese people have been forced in recent centuries to use their available space efficiently, and Japanese Feng Shui serves this purpose effectively and aesthetically.


So, if you have a smaller than average dining-room, bedroom, living-room or a tiny closet, then this ancient tradition can serve your domestic needs. For example, platform storage beds incorporate drawers to save precious space and to allow easy access to blankets, sheets and pillow-cases. To accommodate your desire to apply Feng Shui, consider any one of these four Japanese bed-frames: Raku, Kenso, Tomaru or Arata.

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The Raku Japanese Platform Bed

In conclusion, the principles of Feng Shui will offer you the perfect way to apply Milieu therapy to your life, those who live with you, and even those who visit you. Although Feng Shui has many levels and complexities, you can easily transform any room in your home by simply rearranging furniture, lamps, knickknacks and artwork according to the ‘9 directions grid’ (provided below). If you need some help getting pointed in the ‘right direction’, then just click on the following link to learn more about the fundamentals of Feng Shui: http://fengshui.about.com/od/usesoffengshui/ig/feng-shui-videos-hub/Learn-Feng-Shui-Basics-Video.htm


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