Research is showing our atoms and molecules are made of pulsating electromagnetic energy fields. Therefore, we are not just physical beings but “subtle-energy” fields. This subtle-energy field interacts with our physical bodies and vise versa. Each can impact each other, so a physical ailment can effect our subtle body and/or a block in our subtle body can cause physical ailments. Chakras are places or centers in the body where certain energy points meet or join together.
The word chakra is literally translated to mean wheel or disk. There are seven main chakras that start at the base of the spine and go through the crown of the head. These energy points or wheels correspond to major nerve centers as well as endocrine glands. The February blog post talks about the endocrine system and the importance of it running smoothly in our bodies.
Since health is related to movement and disease comes from the word “stasis” or “static”, it is important for all energy, including the chakras to be moving and flowing through our bodies. It is easy to have a blockage of energy within out bodies. This can happen from physical or emotional trauma, not taking care of ourselves with good food and exercise, or even passed on generationally.
Craniosacral can work directly or indirectly with the chakras to get energy and the physical body moving and flowing. Subtle techniques, such as the diaphragm and thoracic inlet release, can help open the 3rd and 5th chakras. Releasing fascial restrictions around the organs that correlate with each chakra can also allow for more movement on an energetic level. This month we will talk about the first three chakras, with next months focus on the last 4.
First Chakra: Muladara, also known as the root chakra. It is responsible for a sense of grounding, stability, and security. It helps us seek out our basic needs such as food, shelter, community, and survival. It encompasses the first three vertebra, the colon, the bladder, the coccygeal plexus, ovaries, and gonads. When this chakra is open we feel safe, a strong sense of community and connection to the Earth. When it is blocked or imbalanced we feel fear, greed, and feel the sense or the need to hoard objects and people. If we cannot get enough food, money, goods, and sex to satisfy us then Muladara is often imbalanced and there is no connection with the Earth. If there is an imbalance there are subtle ways to help yourself but key is reconnecting with Earth. This can be done by spending time outdoors, appreciating nature, poems about nature, and meditation outside or in quiet places. Crystals, emeralds, and carnelian during meditation can also help balance the first chakra. Essential oils of cedarwood, patchouli, and myrrh diffused in the home or used during massage are balancing as well. Craniosacral therapy can calm and balance the sympathetic systems and create a sense of peace, grounding, and connection with the Earth. Physical blockages, fascial strains, or misalignments at the base of the spine and within the endocrine system can be aligned. It can create a feeling of opening while being connected to a large sense of community and the Earth.
Second Chakra: Svadhisthana is the chakra associated with creativity and sexuality. It can be translated as “one’s sweetest abode” or “one’s own place”. It is responsible for a healthy self-esteem, creativity, balanced emotions and sexuality. It encompasses the sacral nerve plexus, first lumbar vertebra (L1), and the adrenals. It is located just above the pubic bone. When this chakra is balanced we are creative, enthusiastic, we are able to manifest our desires in a healthy manner, and we have a healthy understanding or ourselves as a sexual being. When it is blocked or imbalanced we feel fear, anxiety, jealousy, anger, and frustration. We will put up walls or find it hard to connect to members of the opposite sex. When it is imbalanced the key is to get creative. This can be done through any type of expression: writing, singing, drawing, painting, and dance. Fire opal, carnelian, moonstone, and aquamarine are excellent stones for balancing second chakra, as well as sandalwood, jasmine, rose, and ylang-ylang essential oils. Craniosacral therapy can release restrictions in L1 and the adrenals/kidneys. It has the potential to explore past sexual trauma or feelings of insecurity regarding creativity. It can help us feel more at home with who we are and what we do so that we can truly feel we are in “one’s own place.”
Third Chakra: Manipura or “place of gems” is associated with our sense of power. It is located between the navel and bottom of the sternum. It is responsible for a strong sense of self, balanced ego, confidence, to act and to be an individual, will power, achievement, self discipline, and the ability to meet challenges. It is associated with the diaphragm, pancreas, thoracolumbar vertebras 7&8, and good digestion. When this chakra is balanced we are confident but without ego, we know who we are, and are to rise to challenges without becoming stressed. When imbalanced, it can create lack of confidence, anger, hate, and digestion problems. In addition this chakra is positioned over one of the main regions of our body that reacts to stress. It is common to have an unbalanced 3rd chakra if we are often stressed. The best way to balance this chakra is to decrease stress in our lives. There are many things we can do to decrease stress in our lives, and it is different for each person. They key is to find healthy ways to de-stress, and to not wait too long. Yoga, kalari, massage, hot baths, calm music and meditation are great ways to help with stress. Topaz, yellow tourmaline, emerald, and sapphire and good stones to use during meditation to balance Manipura. Cleary sage, juniper, and geranium are good essential oils to diffuse or use during massage. Craniosacral therapy can help balance stress and bring a sense of stillness during sessions. It balances the nervous system and can bring the reticular activating system into balance. Diaphragm releases and work with spine and digestive systems can help bring digestion into balance.
As you can see, balanced and imbalanced chakras can make a big difference in our lives, energetically and physically. Stay tune next month to learn about chakras 4-7 and how simple techniques and Craniosacral therapy can help create more balance in your life.