What are Chakras?

The word 'Chakra' is an ancient Sanskrit word which literally translates as 'wheel'. We can therefore visualise Chakras as spinning wheels of energy, hovering around the body. Chakras are often depicted as geometric shapes (Yantras), derived from the lotus flower.

Although Chakras do not have a physical form, they influence the physical body & can affect our emotions, our physical & mental well-being if they become imbalanced. The Eastern tradition of 'Chakra balancing' forms an important part of the style of Indian Head Massage practised in the West today.

The energetic flow in & around the body can be disturbed by illness, emotional trauma or the stress placed on the body during everday life. Once the function of the chakras is hindered, the flow of energy is disturbed and may manifest in the body, emotionally or physically.

There are numerous chakras spinning within the energetic body, Indian Head Massage is concerned with the Seven Major Chakras. By focusing on the subtle energy of the chakras, the harmony of unbalanced chakras can be restored.

Suggested reading: 'Way of Chakras' by Caroline Shola Arewa (Thorsons)

Root Sacral Solar Plexus Heart Throat Brow Crown

The Root Chakra - Muladhara

Colour Bright Red
Location Base of Spine
Energetic Purpose Defines the concept of our being, our survival & stability
Psychological Effect Calms the mind & body
Physical Effect Bones, teeth, nails, limbs
Imbalance Materialistic in nature, dissatisfaction, uncertainty & worry
Harmony Profound connection to nature

The Sacral Chakra Svadhisthana

Colour Orange
Location Below the naval
Energetic Purpose Feelings of creativity, pleasure & exploration
Psychological Effect Rejuvenates, stimulates desire
Physical Effect Reproductive organs, Kidney & Bladder
Imbalance Inability to express feelings, emotional instability
Harmony Considerate, Kind & friendly, able to express emotions

The Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura

Colour Golden Yellow
Location Below ribcage
Energetic Purpose Where the personality is formed, provides our sense of identity & self confidence
Psychological Effect Eases aggression & eases peace
Physical Effect Stomach & Gall Bladder, nervous & digestive systems, abdomen & lower back
Imbalance Need to dominate, materialistic
Harmony Inner peace, tolerance & acceptance of others, harmony of material & spiritual

The Heart Chakra Anahata

Colour Green
Location Centre of chest
Energetic Purpose Deals with relationships & our own personal development
Psychological Effect Brings peace & understanding
Physical Effect Heart, lower lungs, chest & skin
Imbalance Inability to accept & give love with sincerity
Harmony 'Wholeness', tolerance & acceptance of life & relationships

The Throat Chakra Visuddha

Colour Blue
Location Near Thyroid Glands
Energetic Purpose Communication, expression & information
Psychological Effect Harmonious speech
Physical Effect Throat, neck & sensory organs
Imbalance Inability to express emotions, inability to relax & fear of silence, leading to tension & frustration, speech disorders
Harmony Intuitive, balanced approach to speech & silence

The Brow Chakra / The Third Eye Ajna

Colour Indigo
Location Between the eyes
Energetic Purpose Stores memory & imagination, houses our understanding, perception,intellect
Psychological Effect Brings understanding & harmony
Physical Effect Head, brain, eyes & face
Imbalance Oversensitivity to others, non-assertive & undisciplined, leads to headaches/migraines, lack of intuition
Harmony Spiritual awareness, intuition

The Crown Chakra Sahasrara

Colour Violet/White/Gold
Location Crown of head
Energetic Purpose Maintains overall balance of Chakras, concerned with thinking & decision making
Psychological Effect Overcoming self-limitations
Physical Effect Brain, cerebellum, skull
Imbalance Inability to release anxieties, fears & depression, make decisions
Harmony Abandonment of the ego

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