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Jon has been working in the field of Chinese Astrology, Feng Shui, Macrobiotics and Face reading for many years. A selection of cuttings and links to articles is featured here:

The Sunday Times - 14 October 2007

Location, location, sensation?

It might seem like mumbo jumbo, but many buyers swear by the power of feng shui

Why should the direction of a front door affect a purchase? “If you have the opportunity to make probably the biggest investment of your life, you’ve got to make sure it supports you,” says Jon Sandifer, a consultant and former chairman of the British Feng Shui Society.

The golden rule, even with feng shui, is still location, location, location. Buyers, he says, should look at a home’s position, rather than the size of its bedrooms or linen cupboard. The “mountain” (what’s at the back of the property) needs to be solid; the “phoenix”, or facade, should be uncluttered, with as open a view as possible; and there must be support on either side (corner buildings or those next to open spaces often have problems).

An individual’s horoscope is also taken into consideration, as are a seller’s prospects. Try to buy a house from somebody on their way up rather than down; the estate of a deceased person is not a good option.

Sellers can introduce positive chi to get their home to shift, and there are auspicious dates on which to market a property.

Don’t want to move, but feel stuck in a rut? Feng shui, says Sandifer, can help. “You can make adjustments without ripping out walls and spending a fortune. It’s hard, but you must never tell someone to move.”

So, how does my home rate for chi? After Sandifer’s visit, I’m feeling smug. The psychiatric hospital at the back of my converted Victorian flat, far from being a negative, is a solid “mountain”; the building sits in the middle of the street, so is safely supported on either side; and Sandifer goes into ecstasies over my house number, 111. The number one is lucky and linked to vitality, so I have extra rations of energy. All I need do is invest in a headboard to support me while I sleep, and life will be rosy.

 

The Observer - 4 January 2004

 21 Ways to be better in 2004

 Look better without Botox

Jon Sandifer... is the country's leading pioneer in face yoga. ...he argues that removing tension from the face will reduce the appearance of wrinkles. He recommends the following exercises, which should be performed after you've dotted moisturiser around the relevant area.

The bridge (which helps wrinkles in between the eyebrows) Place your fingers on each side of your nose and gently rotate them in small circles, down along the length of it, and then back up. Breathe in as you rotate the fingers down, and then out as you move the fingers back up. Repeat four times.

The snake (for a fallen chin) With flat fingers, flick your chin from underneath with each hand in turn, breathing in and out deeply. Then, using small movements, rotate the fingertips along the jaw-line and back to the chin, breathing out as your fingers move up towards your ears, and in as you rotate them to the chin. Repeat eight times.

Read more about Jon Sandifer's work on face reading, feng shui and face yoga at www.fengshui.co.uk.

 

Independent on Sunday -21 June 1998

The Life Doctor

By Eleanor Bailey

Shui? Schwing!

More excitement in the celebrity world, Boy George, Yoko Ono, Barry Manilow and long list of unmentionably famous clients are seeing 74-year-old Takashi Yoshikawo, king of feng shui astrology and author of “The Ki – How to make your dreams come true with fengshui.” You know, of course, the furntiture-shuffling feng shui? Well, this is it’s ten times more complcited elder brother. The Ki has nine energies and three cycles, all changing at different times, and 108 ki and brithdate-related personality types which can be used to predict the future.

How ridiculous. Obviously, celebrities need something to occupy them while the rest of us are working, queueing and filling in forms, but for normal people it’s all tosh. Clearing up  your environment is bound to make you feelmore cheerful, but that is all there is to feng shui. “Seventy per cent of feng shui is commonsense,” agrees Jon Sandifer, chairman of the feng shui society, whose new book “Feng Shui” comes out in September. “Thirty per cent is fine tuning.” The fine turning is what the consultant provides – at £300 per session – in the case of Mr Yoshikawa.

I say you can do it for yourself. Sara, 30, has a piece of yellow matterial tht hangs in an east (health) window and is vivid yet slightly transparent, so that it is startingly bright even on cloudy days. “There was something about the colour that spoke to me. It said ‘Live, wake up!’” says Sara. “Lots of people commented on it. Yet it was just a remnant from Habitat.” Sara is an instinctive feng shuist, which is why she spotted the magic material in what the rest of us would have dismissed as a pile of dirty remnants. We can all do this. You don’t need numbers, crystals, logarithms and fortune wheels. Here’s how to feng-shui-it-yourself.:

Space is calming. Clutter and mess is confusing. That explains why my grandmother was so grumpy. Her house was a shrine to paper bags and Catholic artefacts.

Water is relaxing and life-enhancing. But where and how you have it is indeed crucial. Right: tranquil pond in garden. Wrong: tap dripping in sink.

Plants cheer you up. Computers don’t look very nice. Solution – put a plant near your computer.

Bright colours are energising. Dull colours are more relaxing. Bright colours will up your yang, so wear yellow when you are feeling down. Have a bright bathroom, a muted bedroom and always have your hangovers on cloudy days.

Balance your yin and yang. Einstein said it: for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. So don’t get overexcited or too mellow. To experience pleasure you must have known pain. Don’t eat too much chocolate without balancing it with some vegetables. If you spend too long partying you will feel tired afterwards.

Keep the middle of your room clear. The feng shui explanation is that this will clear your life. “People say their lives are stuck,” says Jon Sandifer, “and surprise, surprise, there is a mountain of stuff in the middle of their house.” At the very best it will be easier to walk across the room.

Don’t sleep with your head under an open window. Maybe your energy will escape in the night, but for certain, if it rains you will get wet.

You will be more wealthy if your finances aren’t in a complete mess.

Crystals. Big in feng shui, annoying in life. Who wants to feel like they’re living in a New Age shop? Put relevant postcards in the right places instead.

Once you start thinking this way, it happens automatically. You don’t need to read magazines on the subject. What do these people know about where to put your bookshelves? I was feeling awfully pleased with myself. Three thousand years of Chinese philosophy trashed! Then I spoke to Mr Yoshikawa. Then I came a-cropper. From just my Ki number (3,4,4) he gave a completely accurate description of my character. Even down to describing me as “Alice in Wonderland”. He didn’t know that Alice has always been my role model. My screen saver is “Curiouser and curiouser” and Alice’s philosophical position is entirely in accord with my own. He had my bad points, my good points, everything. He must have been talking to my mother. Worse. Jon Sandifer advised my (6,8,3) friend that he felt sick every morning because north south was the worst health direction for him to sleep in. How we laughed when he moved it. How we fumed when he started feeling better the very next morning. So I’ve changed my mind. It’s all entirely true. The Ki is the key. Feng shui is for me. Crystals. I love ‘em. Sign me up immediately. £300 an hour. Bargain!