The five rhythms of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal are associated with varying body types, ways of moving, voice characteristics, taste and temperature preferences, and habits of thinking.
Each person has a dominant rhythm or sometimes two dominant rhythms (mine are Earth and Water), and these influence how we experience the world, what emotions and diseases we are vulnerable to, how we interact in relationships, and especially how we behave under stress.
Under stress, you will tend to experience the challenging emotion associated with your dominant rhythms as follows:
Water - Fear or Despair
Wood - Anger or Frustration
Fire - Panic or Distraction
Earth - Worry or lack of compassion for self
Metal - Grief or difficulty letting go
Energy Medicine helps you to move from being stuck in the out-of-balance emotion of your dominant rhythms towards the in-balance emotions of Hope, Action, Joy, Empathy and Inspiration!
If you are interested in exploring what your dominant rhythm is, here is a good questionnaire.