Last month I introduced chakras and how Craniosacral Therapy can work directly or indirectly with the chakras to get energy in the physical body moving and flowing. As a reminder 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. May’s blog focused on chakras 1-3, while this month we will talk about 4-7.
Fourth Chakra: Anahata or the heart chakra. This chakra is at the location associated with our heart, self-love and love for others. It is also associated with hope, passion, longing, creation, tenderness, and compassion. It is sitting at the center of the chest or at thoracolumbar spine number 4. It is related to the circulatory system and the endocrine gland called the thymus, which plays a big role for our immune system. It makes sense then that when we have a broken heart, we feel unhealthy and can be more susceptible to illness. The fourth chakra is also a bridge between the third and fifth chakras. When we do not have a strong sense of self about who we are from the third chakra it is hard to love ourselves unconditionally. When we don’t love ourselves it is hard to speak up and speak the truth (fifth chakra). When the heart chakra is imbalanced we feel rejected, no self love, and uncompassionate for others and ourselves. It also makes sense then that when we don’t love ourselves and have a low self-esteem, we don’t speak highly of ourselves because the fourth and fifth chakras are imbalanced as a unit. Peridot stones are known to increase heart center, pink topaz and rhodonite can calm it, while tourmaline and rose quartz can be used to create balance. Oils such as rose, melissa, and neroli are great to smell and to use during massage. Any heart openers such as cobra pose and wheel during yoga will be beneficial. Lastly, the most beneficial thing to balance Anahata is touch and massage. Touch and massage help create movement of the circulatory system and get blood moving. Touch can feel healing and get any stagnant energy moving, especially the energy at the heart center. Craniosacral therapy is great for this.
Fifth Chakra: Vishddhha or throat chakra. The key component here is self expression, communication, and will. This can be related to knowing who your own self will (third chakra), loving yourself (fourth chakra) and speaking up for how you feel and what you know. This center sits at cervical vertebra number 3 and is related to throat, voice, sound, and respiratory system. It is associated with the endocrine glands thyroid and parathyroid. Some people with thyroid and parathyroid may be having issues with speaking up, speaking the truth, or feelings of being timid or afraid. Effective communication, both listening and speaking well is important for a balanced fifth chakra. Sometimes people can speak too much and do not listen to what others have to say or they often find themselves lying. That can be a sign of too much energy at the fifth chakra. Blue and yellow topaz can be activating, sapphire and emerald can be calming, while turquoise and gem silica are balancing stones. Lavender, chamomile, and rosemary are excellent oils for the fifth chakra, especially when used as a steam to inhale deeply into the throat. Singing and mantras are very important to balancing the throat chakra. Craniosacral therapy can release restrictions in the cervical spine, throat, mouth, and jaw, it can get energy moving better in this area, and can create a safe place for self expression during treatment.
Sixth Chakra: Ajna or what most of you know as the third eye or brow chakra because it sits at the center of the brow. It is related with the first cervical vertebra and the pineal and pituitary glands. Energetically is the place where we balance the higher and lower selves, trusting our inner wisdom, intuition, and overall trust. The crazy thing about intuition is we all have it, we just might not listen to it. But the more you listen to it, acknowledge it, and trust it, the more it will grow and the more balanced you will feel. When we are imbalanced here we may have hormonal imbalances, sleep issues, arrogance, and hyperthyroid. People that are in-tune with the Ajna chakra have a good sense of intuition and are often clairvoyant and/or energy workers. Candle meditation and meditation are good ways to balance this center as well as diamonds to activate, and sapphire and emerald to calm. Frankincense and holy basil are good essential oils to use for Ajna. Balance here can be created by trusting yourself, trusting your intuition, and following through with what you intuition has to tell you.
Seventh Chakra: Sahasrara or crown chakra, which sits at the top of our head. This is related to universal consciousness, inner wisdom, and light. From this center we feel that we are all interconnected, we are not separate beings. This chakra is also associated with the pineal and pituitary glands. Indian teachings imply that all of our physical diseases are related to being disconnected or a separated from the infinite universe. Our auras and chakras are vital to our health and imbalance at the seventh chakra may cause headaches, epilepsy, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, and high blood pressure. Meditation, mantras, light therapy and craniosacral therapy can help create a feeling of connection to the universal whole. Spending time in nature and connecting to the earth and feeling a connection from head to feet is important for overall health and chakra balance. Headstand, plow pose or legs up the wall are great yoga poses for this energy center.
Hopefully the last two months you have learned about chakras and why it is important to keep them balanced. Often times some centers will be balanced while others will be out of balance, and they are constantly changing. It is important to tune in time to time and see where you need balancing and apply the tools you learned to create balance where it is needed.