Eastern cultures have studied the relationship between physical, mental, emotional and spiritual connections to our well-being for thousands of years. The chakras teach us about our primary energy “circles” and how to create balance in each of the seven main energy centers in the body. The seven main centers run from the base of the tailbone to the crown of the head and are considered part of our soft anatomy because they cannot be seen with the human eye. Each one governs many aspects of our well-being, from the physical, such as the internal organs, to the emotions we feel.
Emotions are a good indicator of what is going on inside and as a massage therapist, you can use the information your clients share with you to help them effectively process their emotions. Or, simply use these techniques for yourself.
- Do you feel fearful? If so, the root chakra Muladhara, which is located at the base of the spine, is calling for your attention. The most basic instinct for survival requires immediate attention and typically we act immediately to rectify these imbalances. There are two important points to consider:
- First make sure you are not ignoring a real threat. We are taught to be polite and sometimes this can get you into trouble. Do not ignore your most basic primal survival skills. If something inside you feels fearful and you are not sure, then listen to your instincts. Do not go to someone’s home if it doesn’t feel right or make sure you have a good exit strategy. And always make sure someone knows where you are. If you have a client that is fearful, assist him or her in finding help.
- You are trying something new and confusing the feeling of excitement with fear. In these cases, it is important to work through the feeling and move forward so you can achieve your goal.
- Do you experience too little or too much emotion? The second chakra is located at the abdomen and is called Svadisthana. Finding balance means being centered; therefore, obsessing on feelings of guilt and being over-stoic will sap you of your energy. Massage, yoga and meditation are great ways to find balance.
- Do you lack self-confidence or are you overly egotistic? Both come from a feeling of insecurity, and this is an imbalance in the third chakra known as Manipura. Located above the navel, this is your connection with your personal power. When you feel insecure, you may experience a range of emotions from anger and greed to indecisiveness. Either way, you need to gain back your personal power and a great way to do this is by having fun. Get out and go for a walk, attendan aerobics class or go dancing. Physical activity helps a lot, as well as mental activity, so learn new things. It can be as simple as reading a book or taking a fun class at the local community college.
- Do you love too much or too little? The heart chakra is fourth and is called Anahata. If you are constantly caring for others and leave little time for yourself, this will create imbalance because over time, you will feel tired and maybe resentful. Self-love means self-care, so take time for a hot bath or massage. People who feel love exhibit beauty, and love starts with you. If you love yourself, you will attract others.
- Do you have problems with effective communication? The fifth chakra; Visuddha, is located at the throat. Effective communication starts with you and, therefore, you must know what you want and how you can achieve it versus blaming others. Working with a life coach can help you uncover what’s really bugging you.
- Do you feel confused or unsure about your purpose? The sixth chakra is between the eye brows and is known as Ajna. When balanced, it provides insight and wisdom. A meditation practice will help.
- Do you worry too much or feel depressed? The seventh chakra is located at the crown of the head and is called Sahasrara. Seeking spiritual development may help you shift your focus to the greatness of the universal support that is all around you. You are not alone; and in fact, you are part of the great omnipresence. Time spent in prayer, meditation and contemplation will allow you to connect with this greatness of which you are a part. A mantra is a word or set of words you can repeat quietly or out loud. When put to song, mantras are known as chanting. The mantra “I Am” is profound and simple. Focus on these two words as you sit quietly.
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