Monday, August 8, 2011

Chakra Balancing

Chakra balancing and other energy therapies - such as energy work and energy healing - are based on the belief that the body has seven main energy centers along the spine which absorb and emit life force. These energy centers are referred to as chakras.

The easiest way to understand chakras is to equate each one to a life energy within the human body. Each of your chakras governs a specific function within your body, along with specific emotional issues associated with it. Take for example the solar plexus chakra, which affects digestion. If a blockage occurs in the solar plexus chakra, due to stress, other emotional issues or poor diet, the chakra can become blocked and it can cause gas, indigestion, constipation and all sorts of uncomfortable digestive issues. Mentally, the solar plexus chakra governs self-love and self-esteem, and is therefore involved with problems of indecisiveness, sensitivity to criticism and fear of rejection.
A variety of therapies may be suggested as part of your chakra balancing program - including acupuncture, biodynamic massage, yoga, color and light therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, crystal healing, homeopathy, kinesiology, polarity therapy, qigong, shiatsu, sound therapy, or spiritual / psychic healing.

In order to prepare yourself for your first chakra balancing session, you should dress comfortably. Your session will likely include a mixture of breath exercises, meditation and movement therapy - so loose-fitting clothes are always the most comfortable for any bending, stretching or meditation exercises.

During the actual chakra balancing session, it's the practitioner's aim to invite the client into an environment that is free of all worldly stresses. You will likely start your treatment with a discussion to pin-point the areas of stress or emotional turmoil in your life. The practitioner will then explain how these are affecting your body, and the chakras within. Each person is given a chakra balancing treatment plan that is individualized to treat their specific physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. This may include one or more of the relaxation techniques mentioned above. Your practitioner will also likely give you exercises that you can practice at home on your own.

In some cases, there are supplementary chakra balancing accessories that may help keep energy aligned in the body. Chakra jewelry, often made from specific chakra stones like hematite, garnet and rose quartz, among others, can be worn at specific centers in the body to clear, revitalize and heal. Specific areas of the body like the throat and close to the heart are ideal places to don chakra stones, which make easy to wear chakra necklaces a popular choice for followers of this technique.

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