The Chakra System
Complementary therapy mainly works by rebalancing the body’s natural energy system - the Chakra system.
When all the chakras in the system are spinning in harmony, our bodies are able to function perfectly, and because of this we heal quicker on all levels – emotionally, spiritually and physically.
A chakra is a wheel of spinning energy; there are seven major chakras in the body; each is represented by a rainbow colour; and although they can only be seen psychically they are each linked to part of the endocrine (gland) system and therefore have a detrimental affect on the physical body if they become unbalanced.
When all seven chakras are balanced they spin freely, their colours are vibrant, and the glands secrete the correct level of chemicals into the body.
When a person suffers trauma, one or more of the chakras becomes unbalanced, their colours fade or darken, their rhythm becomes erratic, blockages form in the flow of energy through the body and chemical levels become unsettled.
For instance, when you are about to sit an exam you feel nervous and your solar plexus chakra, which relates to feelings and is located just below your sternum, becomes disturbed and unbalanced.
The solar plexus is directly linked to the pancreas, so this disturbed condition results in the wrong amount of pancreatic juices being released into the stomach.
This abnormal increase of chemicals makes your tummy feel wobbly and you may start to feel sick.
Once the exam is over your body soon recovers its natural balance and energy flow.
However, if your body was put under such stress each day for a period of time, the chemical imbalance would begin to affect your physical body.
One possibility is that the acidic build up in the stomach could begin to eat away at the stomach lining and cause a stomach ulcer.
Western medicines are able to line the stomach and reduce the symptom, the ulcer, but complementary therapies help to relax and rebalance the body, therefore reducing the cause of the symptom.
The seven major chakras (there are minor ones all over our bodies):
The root chakra is located at the perineum (what we sit on); the sacral chakra is near the navel; the solar plexus is below the sternum; the heart chakra is within the chest cavity; the throat chakra is in the neck; the brow chakra, or third eye, is situated in the forehead; and the crown chakra is located at the top of the head.
The red root (or base) chakra is linked to the adrenal glands. It becomes unbalanced when our foundations (home, family, work or money) become unsettled, we do not like our own bodies, or we become scared. The resulting physical ailments include lower back pain, constipation, sciatica, depression, addictive behaviour and weight problems. A person with a balanced root chakra feels safe, secure and energised.
The orange sacral chakra is linked to the sexual glands. It becomes unbalanced if we have low self-esteem or feel we cannot express our emotions or creativity freely. The physical symptoms of unbalance are lower back pain, fertility problems, fibroids, cystitis and kidney complaints. A client with a healthy sacral chakra can freely express their emotions.
A client recently asked if it was possible to massage away their kidney stones?
The answer was yes. Massage releases toxins and relaxation helps rebalance the chakras. Drinking two litres of water a day flushes out the toxins and hydrates the body. I suggested that this particular client did something creative and became involved in anything that would boost their self esteem.
Each chakra has its own associated essential oils and gem stones, so I also recommended that to help rebalance the sacral chakra jasmine, rose, ylang ylang or sandalwood were used during a massage and carnelian, amber or orange calcite were kept under their pillow.
The yellow solar plexus, linked to the pancreas, is affected by our feelings and personality. If we are controlled by our emotions, feel uncaring, quick tempered, violent or despairing we are more likely to suffer with digestive problems, food allergies, diabetes, ulcers, gallstones and liver complaints. A balanced chakra enables a person to express their emotions easily, whether those emotions are happiness, passion and joy or rage, anger and sadness, and they feel full of energy and vitality.
The green (or rose pink) heart chakra is linked to the thymus, and becomes unbalanced when we are emotionally hurt, jealous or heart broken. Physical problems include heart conditions and lung problems, high blood pressure, breast cancer and fatigue. A person with a balanced heart chakra feels love and compassion without expectations from others.
The blue throat chakra, linked to the thyroid gland, represents communication, and becomes problematic when we have difficulty expressing ourselves verbally or we feel restless or anxious. Symptoms include sore throats, thyroid problems, mouth ulcers, teeth and gum conditions, headaches and ear infections. A healthy throat chakra results in feelings of peace, harmony and stillness and the ability to communicate freely.
The indigo brow chakra is linked to the pineal gland, and is unbalanced when someone is closed-minded or dismissive or spiritual matters. Physical problems can be learning difficulties, brain tumour, blindness, deafness, pain, dyslexia and insomnia. A balanced chakra results in an open mind, insight and knowledge, and a calm mind.
The white crown chakra is linked to the pituitary gland. When it is unbalanced a client may experience disorientation and constant worry, and related illnesses include depression, paralysis and multiple sclerosis. When this chakra is balanced clients feel peaceful and at one with the universe.
When all seven chakras are balanced ourbody’s energies flow freely through the chakras without blockages and so, allows, the body to function at its optimum.