Each of us has seven chakras spread throughout our body. Each chakra relates to a different need/emotion we have and hands on healing treatments such as Reiki can help to unblock, balance, and transfer energy to these chakras.
Starting at the base of your tailbone is the Root Chakra, this is depicted as a red colour and is associated with grounding. Your root chakra is connected to feelings of safety, security and trust. Root chakra healing allows a good flow of energy through the body which gives the chakra system a firm foundation. The root chakra is sometimes referred to as the Muladhara chakra — for its feminine energy. When your root chakra is blocked or imbalanced you may feel insecure, restless, and angry – you may be functioning from a place of fear as your basic need for security has not been met.
Grounding – that is, placing your bare feet onto grass, sand or earth will help you reconnect with the Earth, you can read how exactly it works here (yes, there is a science to it!). The benefits of grounding are wide ranging but include feeling less stressed and anxious, improved sleep, and an increased sense of personal strength.
Other ways to heal your root chakra include; finding your purpose in life, working on a daily gratitude practise and overcoming feelings of insecurity by practising self reliance.
Your Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen area and is usually an orange colour. It represents your sexuality, your creativity and your passion. Known as Swadhisthana in Sanskrit, an open or balanced sacral chakra means that you can live life fully, enjoying everything it has to offer. Conversely a blockage can mean difficulty with relationships, being overly emotional, or lacking creativity.
Reiki and meditation can both help unblock your sacral chakra. The element associated with your sacral chakra is water, so it may help to be near water or to take detox baths.
The Solar Plexus Chakra, as the name suggests, is located in the solar plexus area which is at the upper part of your stomach near the diaphragm. It’s yellow in colour and associated with wisdom and power. In Sanskrit it is known as Manipura. One of the associated healing crystals is Tiger Eye which many people wear as a bracelet to promote wellbeing in this area. When the energy in the solar plexus chakra is balanced we are self disciplined, able to set clear boundaries and are assured and confident in ourselves and our abilities. Imbalances can find you asserting too much control over others, adopting manipulative behaviours, and lacking any clear direction as a response to low self esteem.
Reiki and meditation can help to unblock a sacral chakra, while talk therapy can help you explore behaviours and give you practical ways to increase your self esteem.
Your Heart Chakra or Anahata in Sanskrit lies in the centre of the chest. It is the 4th chakra from the bottom and is associated with love, healing, compassion and connection. It is usually depicted as green. An open heart chakra allows us the ability to love fully and unconditionally, experiencing deep bonds with those closest to us.
Jealousy, isolation and defensiveness are just a few signs that you may be experiencing difficulties in this area. At a physical level it can manifest itself in respiratory problems or conditions related to the heart.
The Throat Chakra unsurprisingly is located over the throat area and relates to your ability to communicate effectively – speaking your truth and being authentic. The throat chakra connects the head and the rest of the body. It’s also known as Vishudda which translates as ‘pure’.
An open throat chakra allows us to express ourselves but is also related to our connection with all that is spiritual.
Any kind of negativity related to communication can be traced back to the throat chakra and may mean there is a blockage in this area. The throat chakra is usually seen as blue so thinking blue can help, as can singing, and wearing a chakra bracelet with blue crystals/gems.
The Third Eye Chakra is at the centre of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland which is the master gland that controls hormone release. The third eye chakra is all about awareness, intuition, and guidance. Known as Ajna in Sanskrit, it is an indigo colour. A lack of clarity or feelings of being stuck in daily minutiae could signal a blockage or imbalance.
Reiki and meditation can help to open the third eye, bringing increased awareness and vision to your life.
Finally, the seventh chakra is located at the crown of your head and is known as the Crown Chakra. It is connected to the thalamus gland which delivers movement and sensory signals to the brain. The crown chakra appears as purple and is associated with spirituality.
A disconnection with who you are and where you’re from and any kind of closed mindedness could mean there is an imbalance. An open crown chakra can bring about an almost blissful state of spiritual connection that allows us to rise above insignificant daily issues.
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