The Chakras

The Seven Chakra Massages

Chakras are the windows to the soul, a spiritual antenna that interprets the inner and outer world around you.  The concept of chakra features in the tantric and yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Chakras are believed to be centers of the body from which a person can collect energy. The seven chakras are aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head and
are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts. The name derives from the Sanskrit word for “Wheel” or “Turning”. They are the energy of life, or Prana.
The function of the chakras is to spin and draw in this energy to keep the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health of the body in balance.  Chakra healing helps clear the pathways so that positive energy can pass through the auric filaments and nurture your physical body.

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Allow us to help you align your inner energy centers (Chakras) and create balance within your mind, body and life.

Choose the Chakra massage which best addresses the areas you personally seek improvement in.

Subtle Chakra Balancing comes with all our treatments though please book if you a Chakra Balancing is you want a more in depth treatment.

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1st Chakra

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Root Chakra Massage: For grounding, nourishing, and connecting to the Earth using essential oils of ylang ylang or sandalwood.

Element: Earth

Color: Red

The base chakra, located at the base of tailbone, is the root connection to our source and serves to usher in life force into the body. It governs the awareness of survival and helps us meet our basic needs.  Bodily functions associated with the root chakra are the elimination of waste and toxins, to provide core balance and a strong pelvic floor.  This chakra is connected to energy in the feet, ankles, knees, and groin that support the upward flow of energy from the earth.  When we deny our connection to the earth, our bodies react and manifest disorders affecting sacrum, spine, and sexual organs.  A balanced root chakra helps us to feel grounded, safe and secure.  When its energy flows freely, the root chakra provides a passageway for human potential and growth.

Symptoms of an
Overactive Base Chakra:
Paranoia, Aggression, Mania, Nervousness, Fear

Under-active Base Chakra:
Apathy, Weakness, Depression, Passivity, Lethargy

If the base chakra is overactive, a person may tend to over emphasize their basic survival needs and do things such as overeat as a means to calm their insecurities and feel nurtured, even though they are not physically hungry, but rather energetically hungry for support. Or the person may crave certain unhealthy foods, like fats and sugars, in an attempt to distance from feeling scared, nervous or anxious; all symptoms of being ungrounded. A person may also drink too much alcohol or do drugs in an attempt to diminish their feeling of insecurity, paranoia or vulnerability.

If your base chakra is under-functioning, you may tend to “abandon ship” with your body and neglect yourself altogether instead of taking care of yourself in a healthy and responsible way. If this is your problem, you will suffer from things such as depression, chronic fatigue, daydreaming, delusions, anorexia, chain-smoking and mental illness.

If you have an overactive base chakra you may struggle with addictions as well. I have found that visualization techniques and grounding techniques calm and balance the first chakra very well bring its energy into a more balanced state. It also helps to use affirmations, such as:

Meditation, prayer, healthy eating, enough sleep and exercise quickly stabilize an Overactive first chakra.

A healthy diet greatly influences all of the chakras and your level of consciousness because food, like everything else, breaks down into energy. All foods vibrate at a different rate and influence the different chakras. Some foods that stimulate the base chakra are:

  •   red meat
    •   animal fats
    •   coffee and cola
    •   peppers and hot spices
    •   spinach (because of its iron content)

Of course, if your base chakra is overly stimulated, common sense dictates that you avoid food and drink that stimulate this chakra even more. It will cause you to overemphasize survival On the other hand, if your chakra is under-stimulated, then adding these foods to your diet will stimulate your consciousness and help you better connect your soul with your body and raise your vitality.

Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

carnelian, garnet, ruby, bloodstone, red jasper or agate
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

smoky quartz, black tourmaline, onyx, obsidian stones, or emeralds

Aromatherapy for the Root Chakra:

Cedarwood (antiseptic, astringent, sedative), patchouli (anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory), and myrrh (Anti-inflammatory, expectorant)

Yoga asanas for the Root Chakra:

Warrior I, Triangle pose, Eagle pose

 

2nd Chakra

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Sacral Chakra Massage:  Energizing and healing; For increasing the feminine flow of energy and the birth of ideas, using essential oils of melissa or orange oil.

Element: Water

Color: Orange

The second chakra is located approximately at the level of your mid-abdomen and governs your emotional body and your physical and emotional feelings and senses. It is the center of sensuality, emotion and pleasure. When your second chakra is balanced, you love life, feel generally optimistic and happy and take healthy satisfaction in sensual experiences.  Bodily functions associated with the sacral chakra are lower digestion and absorption, immune system, pancreas, sexual organs.  A balanced sacral chakra ignite feelings of pleasure, acceptance, creativity and abundance.  When this chakra is fully developed, it produces enough radiant energy for one to unite in a bond of love with another soul, and fuels the path to enlightenment.  It is often referred to the center of self-expression and joy, and is deeply connected to our relationship with others.

Overactive Second Chakra:
Greediness, Addiction, Tension, Compulsivity, Frustration.

An Underactive Second Chakra: 
Disinterest, Repressed Feelings, Self-deprivation, Depression, Sexual Repression.

Physical health problems may include: problems with fertility, kidney and bladder infections, impotence, lower back pain, problems with hips, chronic fatigue.

Symptoms of an

Overactive Second Chakra:
Greediness, Addiction, Tension, Compulsivity, Frustration

An Underactive Second Chakra:
Disinterest, Repressed Feelings, Self-deprivation, Depression, Sexual Repression

This chakra is the center of self-love and creativity and activates the desire to enjoy life to its fullest and be creative. It encourages one to make choices that authentically nurture and support oneself. Spiritually speaking, this is a good thing! Believe it or not, God wants us to enjoy being physical and being creative. Our earthly experience is meant to be enjoyed.

If you feel excessively greedy or addictive, or seek pleasure in unhealthy things such as drugs or gambling, or you are controlled by your physical senses instead of your common or higher consciousness, then your second chakra is out of balance and over-stimulated. To rebalance it, imagine this chakra spinning in perfect harmony with your spirit and imagine any sense of attachment to anxiety or tension in your body easing up. Remind yourself that it is healthy to enjoy yourself in a loving way. Allow yourself to experience pleasure, but realize it does not take the place of the enduring energy of love. Imagine this chakra is calm, bringing in the proper influences of emotion and creativity, leaving you peaceful and content. Breathe in and relax. Open your eyes. This exercise should take about five to seven minutes.

If you have an underactive second chakra, you may feel or have felt a scarcity of love, especially when you were a child, which may have shut down your natural feeling centers altogether. If this is the case, you may be afraid of positive sensations and keep yourself from allowing good vibrations in your life. Often people with an under-active second chakra deny themselves sensual pleasure, believing that sensuality is not spiritual. There is no spiritual benefit to denying you have a body or enjoying it. Your body is not the problem — balance is.

Foods that stimulate the second chakra are:

  • chocolate
  • fruits such as bananas, watermelon, pears
  • honey
  • bread and butter
  • milk and dairy products
  • ice cream
  • pastas
  • wine
  • salmon
  • tuna
  • flax
  • apricots
  • papaya

 

If your second chakra is overactive or you are addictive avoid these foods. If your second chakra is shut down and you have trouble feeling, then eat more of these foods.

The second chakra also responds well to other sensory input such as classical music, art, gardening, flowers, cooking and dancing. All of these activities are naturally sense-balancing. Sex with someone you love is great for balancing the second chakra. If you have sex with someone who doesn’t love you, however, you don’t need to be psychic to know it is very disturbing for both your first and second chakras, and is not a happy experience for your soul.

People with an imbalanced second chakra lose touch with their feelings and their creative expression. The way to balance an underactive second chakra is through the same visualization exercise you did before, but following it with this affirmation:
Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

carnelian, orange coral, orange agate or jasper
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

sodalite, blue lace agate, blue fluorite, emerald, moonstone, aquamarine,

Aromatherapy for the Sacral chakra:

Sandalwood (anti-depressant, expectorant, sedative), jasmine (anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac), rose oil (anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, hepatic), ylang-ylang (helps dispel anger), champaca (aphrodisiac, anti-depressant, stimulant).

Yoga Poses for the Sacral chakra:

Twisted triangle, extended angle pose, Pose of Shiva (natarajasana)

3rd Chakra

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Solar plexus chakra massage: Strengthening and replenishing; for an added extra boost of confidence & to help strengthen willpower using essential oils of rosemary or bergamot oil.

Element: Fire

Color: Yellow

The third chakra is located at about the level of your belly button, near what is called the solar plexus, and connects you to the astral plane of will power and self-direction. It is the center of focus, decision, volition and will power. When this chakra is balanced, a person feels confident, decisive, focused and committed to their path.  Bodily functions associated with the third chakra are upper digestion, stomach, and diaphragm.  A balanced solar plexus chakra leaves us feeling confident and in control, and gives a feeling of self-worth.

Symptoms of an
Overactive Third Chakra:
Subjectivity, Bossy, Narrow-Minded, Abrasive, Dictatorial

Under-active Third Chakra:
Wishy-washiness, Inability to Concentrate, Naive, Passive, Oblivious

Many motivational speakers use the third chakra to inspire people. It moves you! The third chakra’s energy is formidable and charismatic and engages others to DO something!

This chakra also opens up a person to higher levels of awareness or finer energy bands than normally experienced. It is the gateway to our most basic psychic impulses and out-of-body experiences. Unlike the first two chakras, this is the first energy center to connect you with others and the higher planes of awareness.

The more open and balanced your third chakra, the more aware you will be of auras, other’s vibrations, and Divine spiritual forces. This is the first point of consciousness in the body where you become receptive to higher influences on the spiritual plane. If it is opened, you can feel the help of your spirit guides. If it is closed, you depend on your ego alone for guidance.

If this chakra is under-stimulated or closed down, a person will be tired and tiring. Life will be hard to live, and you may want to avoid it by sleeping away. If the chakra is shut down, you will miss the most obvious of things, let alone the more subtle planes of psychic energy around them. When this chakra is under-active, you are egocentric and insensitive to the bigger picture of life, and afraid of responsibility and authority. You are indecisive and manipulative getting others to be responsible for you rather than taking responsibility for yourself. You miss the guidance of your soul or higher planes.

If this chakra is off balance, it also makes you wishy-washy, unable to say no, or unable to stand confrontation. You may be a daydreamer, lack concentration or have to be policed by other people. You may constantly feel anxious, dwell on past events or fear the future. You may also be lazy and/or passive-aggressive with people in your life. Your ego will drown out the voice of your Higher Self.

Foods that stimulate the third chakra are:

  • fish
  • chicken
  • eggs
  • apricots
  • oranges
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
  • cranberry juice
  • papaya
  • squash
  • pineapple
  • beans
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • quinoa

Eat these foods to activate your third chakra. Stay away from fish and chicken if you are overly egocentric or have a difficult time picking up any psychic energy.

Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

citrine, golden topaz, amber, sunstone, golden beryl, yellow tourmaline
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

amethyst, light purple fluorite, emerald, blue sapphire

Aromatherapy for the Solar Plexus Chakra:

Clary sage (anti-depressant, calming, aphrodisiac), juniper (clears toxins from the body, helps digestion, anti-septic), geranium (calms and aids movement of pranic energy, diuretic and tonic, excellent for treating PMS symptoms)

Yoga poses for the solar plexus chakra:

Cow face pose, seated spinal twist, Camel pose

4th Chakra

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Heart chakra massage: For circulation and meditation; A heart energy focused massage promoting peace, forgiveness, trust, spiritual development, & compassion as well as improving circulation, using essential oils of eucalyptus or pine oil.

Element: Air

Color: Green

The fourth chakra is located at the center of your heart and connects you to the vibrations of love, security, kindness and compassion. It is the seat of the soul and the center of love in your consciousness. Love is patient, calm, generous and kind. It is accepting of oneself and others.  Bodily function associated with the fourth chakra are breathing and cardiovascular function.  A balanced heart chakra leaves us feeling loved, wanting to give love, and inner peace.

Indications of
An Open Heart Chakra:
Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Peace, Humor, Forgiveness, Love

Closed Heart Chakra:
Loneliness, Suspicion, Neediness, Possessiveness, Bossiness, Greediness, Jealousy

This chakra governs self-acceptance, acceptance of others, trust, well-being, a sense of having what you need, abundance, prosperity and good health. It is also the point of consciousness where a person feels compassion and empathy, the pain and joy and struggle of others. It is the empathic center. This chakra opens us to become sensitive and concerned with others experience and not just our own.

If your fourth chakra is under-stimulated or off balance you are resentful and jealous. If you give, you give out of duty rather than out of a genuine sense of generosity. You may also resist receiving gifts and love from others. You fear being resented, as you have resented others. You may not care about others, leaving you isolated.

To activate and balance the fourth chakra, close your eyes and bring your awareness to the center of your heart. Imagine that this chakra is a perfectly balanced spinning green orb, five inches in diameter, the color of freshly mown grass. Breathe in and imagine this wheel of energy pulling in waves of healing energy, washing over each cell in your body, healing all wounds and hurts and filling you with a profound sense of love. Imagine this loving energy comes from God, leaving you feeling completely loved and cared for by God.
Foods that stimulate the heart chakra are:

  • plums
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • whole brown rice
  • couscous and other grains
  • miso, soy and bean proteins
  • greens, except spinach

Eat these foods if your heart is closed. I don’t think you can ever eat too much of these foods and there can never be too much love.

Remember that all the chakras serve to both give and receive energy. In working with the loving feelings of the heart chakra, focus both inward as well as outward, allowing you the experience of loving yourself. This also opens the way to your being able to receive love from others.

Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

malachite, aventurine, jade, watermelon or green tourmaline, peridot
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

rose quartz, pink tourmaline, rhodochrosite, pink topaz, rhodonite, watermelon tourmaline

Aromatherapy for the Heart Chakra:

Yoga poses for the Heart chakra:

 

 

5th Chakra

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Throat chakra massage: Purification and decongestion; For authentic self expression & improved digestion using essential oils of geranium or chamomile oil.

Element: Ether or space

Color: Blue

The fifth chakra is located at the level of the throat and controls the psychic consciousness of hearing, and listening to both the true meaning of others communication, and your guides. It also activates the function of listening, especially deep listening. This includes telepathy as well as hearing the guiding wisdom of your soul. The ability is called clairaudience.  Bodily function associated with the fifth chakra are taste, swallowing, speech, and jaw tension.  A balanced throat chakra allows us to communicate and express thought, feeling, and emotion, both inwardly and outwardly.

Symptoms of an:

Overactive Fifth Chakra:
Distraction, Negativity, Resentfulness, Preoccupation with Others, Gullibility

Under-active Fifth Chakra:
Dishonesty, Willfulness, Hostility, Confusion, Repressed Expression

In addition to clairaudience, the fifth chakra also opens your consciousness to your subconscious records, and to the subconscious records of all time, known as the Akashic records. Sometimes, through this chakra, a person will also hear spiritual music.

If this chakra is off balance or shut down, you will be plagued with negative self-talk and inner voices. You may repress your ability to express yourself authentically, to be honest with others or listen deeply to what others are saying. You may tune out others, or partially tune them out, so as to manipulate what you hear. You may also hear negative “voices” that confuse, coerce or upset you. You may tune into negative astral planes, attracting confusion or distorting your focus and concentration. You may struggle with intense negative self-dialogue, being overly critical and self destructive in your words, telling yourself mean and harmful things. You may have too many voices in your head at one time — those of yourself, others and spirits all mixed up together, leaving you confused and disoriented.

To balance the throat chakra, close your eyes and mentally locate it at the level of your throat. Place your full attention on this chakra and imagine it is spinning at an even faster rate than the fourth chakra, the color of a blue sky at noon into the aura. As you concentrate on this chakra, imagine you are programming your chakra to focus only on the channels of:

  •   your conscious mind to your Higher Self,
    •   helpful guides and divine guidance,
    •   telepathy (but only if it comes from a source that is both loving and wiser than yourself).

Imagine this spinning sky-blue orb opening like a twirling flower, to a size of five inches in diameter. See the light and energy of God’s divine guidance pouring into your mind, enlightening every cell of your being. Hold this image for five to seven minutes.

As with the other chakras, there are certain foods that stimulate this chakra such as:

  • ginseng
  • gingko biloba
  • reishi mushrooms
  • barley
  • wheat grass
  • bananas
  • supplements like ExtraSharp
  • echinacea
  • kelp

If your throat chakra is shut down and you don’t speak your truth eat these foods often. If you don’t listen, or if you speak over others back off these foods.

Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

turquoise, blue lace agate, aquamarine, celestite, blue topaz, lapis lazuli
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

carnelian, orange coral, orange agate or jasper

Aromatherapy for the Throat Chakra:

Yoga poses for the Throat chakra:

6th Chakra

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Indigo chakra massage: Hormonal rebalancing and regeneration; For heightened intuition using essential oils of patchouli or frankincense oil.

Element: Light

Color: Indigo

The sixth chakra is located at the level of your eyebrows in the center of your forehead vibrating the color of a deep indigo blue sky. Also known as the third eye, this chakra governs imagination, bright ideas, visualization and the psychic awareness called clairvoyance. This endows one with the ability to see auras, chakras and spirit guides.  Bodily function associated with the sixth chakra are sight, decision-making ability, perception.  A balanced third-eye chakra allows us to understand life situations, and perceive meaning.

Symptoms of an:

Overactive Sixth Chakra:
Hallucination, Paranoia, Daydreaminess, Tendency to Space out

Under-active:
Lack of Imagination, Insensitivity, Self-absorption, Narrow-mindedness

The sixth chakra is balanced in very few people. To balance this chakra takes visualization, focusing and meditation, which we have all been working on. By following this exercise you can begin to gently open it further and further.

Breathe deeply in, then out, and gently close your eyes. Bring your attention to your sixth chakra, located in the middle of your forehead. Imagine this chakra whirling in space, the color of indigo blue, almost a black-blue, fading into violet. Imagine that as you watch this satellite swirling round and round it begins to expand, growing larger and larger until it becomes a very large sphere.

Now, imagine that this sphere begins to turn into a large screen, and upon this screen you notice a beam of white light entering into the center. As you concentrate on this light, it begins to expand, lighting up the screen.

As it expands, imagine seeing your own reflection — not in your mortal image, but your soul image. Imagine that your soul is looking back at you on this mental screen. Don’t force the image. Just let your imagination create this image for you. Be patient… Look at this image in wonder, without judgment. As the image emerges, make note of all the details, even if they are vague.

After doing this exercise for a few minutes, relax. Breathe in and very slowly watch the image fade. See the light going out on the screen, and watch it return to a deep indigo blue, fading into violet. Watch this screen slowly reduce back into a swirling round orb, resting in the middle of your forehead. Breath in, relax and open your eyes. Recall your soul image.

If your sixth chakra is completely shut down, you will have difficulty imagining. You will be overly intellectual, only seeing the literal world and missing the energy that flows before, behind and beyond the concrete world. You may be blind to the essence of things, often missing the point of what’s around you. Your life will be linear, rational and flat.

If this is your problem, stimulate the sixth chakra with imagination exercises like drawing, coloring and painting. You may also try to imagine, daydream or make up pictures in your mind. Try to see into situations instead of just taking things at face value, and of course, the sixth chakra imagery exercise will help you. You should practice it exercise often.

Foods that stimulate the sixth chakra are:

  •   lecithin
    •   wheat germ
    •   barley
    •   vitamin E
    •   alfalfa, chamomile
    •   water

Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

azurite, lapis lazuli, moonstone, star sapphire, blue sapphire
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

yellow-orange citrine, yellowish tiger-eye

Aromatherapy for the Third-eye Chakra:

Yoga poses for the Third-eye chakra:

7th Chakra

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Violet chakra massage: Uplifts immunity and harmony; Connect to the universal energies of the earth and heavens using essential oils of lavender or jasmin.

Element: Cosmic energy

Color: Violet

The seventh chakra is located at the highest point in your body at the crown of your head, and is known as your crown chakra. This chakra is connected to your pineal gland and governs the consciousness of spiritual awakening, inner wisdom and enlightenment.  Bodily function associated with the seventh chakra are mental peace and connectedness.  A balanced crown chakra helps us feel beautiful, connected, and purposeful.
To open your crown chakra, you must meditate consistently so as not to raise your consciousness too abruptly. Prayer is also a wonderful way to slowly open this center up to God’s love and guidance. Take your time, and as you meditate or pray, imagine seeing Divine energy pouring into your crown chakra as a violet-white orb spinning at a very fast rate at the top of your head.

Next imagine a golden white light pouring into your chakra and filling your soul up with love and divine wisdom. Let this feeling sink deeply into your body slowly, turning into a golden white light of love and awakened enlightenment. Pray for God’s direction. Breathe in, relax, and slowly open your eyes.

The highest degree of psychic ability comes with successfully opening the crown chakra. Highly evolved spiritually people can access even higher chakras than those we’ve spoken about.

There are no special foods for the seventh chakra. Its food is simply prayer and meditation.

Gemstones to help strengthen and balance:

clear quartz, amethyst, purple fluorite, sugilite, sapphire
Gemstones to help tone down and balance:

light citrine, golden topaz, light amber

Aromatherapy for the Crown Chakra:

Yoga poses for the Crown chakra:

 

 

Whichever chakra you feel that you may have difficulty with, (ie. communication is the 5th chakra) you have identified which chakra needs balancing!

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When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady.  But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.

Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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