The word Chakra comes from an ancient Indian language known as Sanskrit, chakra means vortex, spinning wheel or circle. Chakras are the major centers of spiritual power in the human body and are circles of energy which balance, store and distribute the energies of life all through our physical body along the subtle energetic light body. To visualize a Chakra in your body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy that keeps you vibrant, healthy, and alive. If a chakra is not performing correctly, this can cause our physical, mental, emotional or energetic selves to have imbalance. Although there are hundreds of chakras in our body, there are seven major chakras. They coincide with the positions along the spinal cord of the major nerve ganglia in our physical body. These seven main chakras start at the base of the spine and move upwards to the crown of the head.
The chakra system is constantly changing in response to the stresses of life. Some chakras may be overactive or over-stimulated, others may be sluggish or deficient in energy flow. There may be some energetic blocks present, or some distortion in the structure of the chakras themselves. If there is too much or too little energy flowing through a particular chakra, this will have a negative impact on the functions associated with that chakra. Chakra balancing helps to bring about an optimal flow of energy through each chakra, and create balance in the sense that energy is more evenly distributed through the chakras.
You can benefit from Chakra Balancing if you wish to:
Release emotional pain from past experiences that gets stored at a subtle levels of the body
Experience more vitality
Shift the energy around deeply rooted behaviors, helping you break free of old conditioned patterns
Nourish and develop specific positive traits
Experience greater ease and clarity during a transition of any sort
Deeply cleanse and nourish your energetic channels
Supplement and support your spiritual, meditation, and yoga practice
Enliven your inner intelligence, allowing you to bloom into your full potential
Everyone can benefit from a chakra balancing treatment. You do not have to have a particular ailment or issue. Clients who simply want to alleviate stress can benefit greatly from this kind of energy healing 'tune-up.' There really aren’t any limits to what Chakra Balancing can do for a person. As a rule, when your Chakras are in balance, you feel good and experience better physical and emotional health.
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is an ancient Japanese healing technique for stress reduction, relaxation, and balance throughout the human system. Reiki is commonly translated from the Japanese as 'universal life force energy' - the energy that flows through all things. The focus of this healing energy is to restore overall balance to all levels of being: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
It is a natural, gentle and non-invasive yet extremely powerful method of healing that greatly compliments any traditional medical or psychological treatment you may be receiving. This life force runs throughout energy centers in the body (such as chakras or meridians), nourishing organs and cells and supporting vital functions. When this energy is disrupted by negative thoughts, feelings or actions, illness and disease can result.
The practice of reiki is comprised of three levels of training. Through this training, the practitioner learns how to access energy flow through the hands to heal. Completion of the third level of training results in the title of Reiki Master. Reiki is used to accelerate healing, assist the body in cleansing toxins, balance the flow of subtle energy by releasing blockages, and help the client contact the healer within.
Reiki is also beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care in hospitals and clinics across America. In an interview with (ABMP) Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Dr. David Guillion, an oncologist at Marin General Hospital in California, says, "I feel we need to do whatever is in our power to help the patient. We provide state of the art medicine in our office, but healing is a multidimensional process. I endorse the idea that there is a potential healing that can take place utilizing energy."
Reiki does not involve physical manipulation or the ingestion or application of any substances, but works with the subtle vibrational field thought to surround and penetrate the body. During this fully clothed session, the practitioner places his/her hands above or lightly touching the body. This raises the energetic vibration and breaks up the negativity to heal, clear and restore the natural flow of the life force. The reiki practitioner, trained to access and serve as a channel for the life energy, uses a passive touch that some clients experience as warmth or tingling. Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands to the recipient’s body and energy field, promoting restoration of overall health and well-being.
Vibrational Sound Healing
Sound Healing is a healing style utilizing various sound instruments. The vibration of these sounds can create or bring about enhanced states of wellness in our physical, emotional, mental or spiritual being. Many cultures and religions revere sound so deeply as to believe it called the universe into being. For the Hindus, all was dark and quiet in the universe, until the first movement in the universe created the sound "AUM". It is the mother tone, containing the frequencies of all other sounds
Everything that moves vibrates, from the smallest molecule to the universe itself. As long as it is vibrating, it is making some kind of sound, even if we do not perceive the sound within our threshold of our hearing. The human ear can hear sound vibrations between 20 and 20,000 cycles per second, although we also perceive sound by skin and bone conduction, ingesting and consuming it with the whole body.
Every atom, molecule, cell, gland, and organ of the human body absorbs and emits sound. The entire body, as well as our brain waves in a relaxed state, vibrates at a fundamental frequency of about 8 cycles per second, literally entraining and attuning us to the basic electromagnetic field of the earth itself! Scientific studies show that sound can produce changes in the autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems.
Use of instruments such as quartz crystal and Tibetan singing bowls are said to enhance meditation, intuition, relaxation and bodywork. When quartz crystal bowls are played, the sound vibrations absorb into the brain and all the major organs of the body through the Chakra Centers. Some crystal bowls are tuned to specific musical notes which correspond to the chakras. When a bowl attuned to a chakra is played, it works to balance that chakra and remove stagnant energy from that chakra. This is why they are so powerful when used in chakra system balancing, emotional release and clearing of people and places.
Quartz crystal technology is actually part of our modern world, as well as in our ancient history. This video by Don Tolman is a great overview of the amazing qualities of quartz crystal: Don Tolman on Quartz Crystal
Many modern scientists and doctors have translated vibrational sound work into medical practice. Mitchell Gaynor, M.D., former director of Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center and author of the book, The Healing Power of Sound, has used crystal and Tibetan bowls in his practice with cancer patients. He chronicled a thorough study of sound healing and a holistic approach to mind-body healing. You can see here more information on this here as seen on Dr. Oz: Dr. Mitchell Gaynor on Sound Healing.
Massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. There are multiple benefits to receiving regular bodywork. Massage increases the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles, stimulates circulation, and improves the balance of the musculo-skeletal systems improving range of motion.
6 Benefits of Massage You Didn't Know
~Katharine Watts, Best Health Magazine
Sure, it can help you relax. But massage therapy can do much more than that. Here are six healthy reasons to book an appointment.
1) It counteracts all that sitting you do.
“Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress,” says Aaron Tanason, registered massage therapist, kinesiologist and owner at Paleolife Massage Therapy in Toronto. “More often than not [that stress] tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck.” Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.” Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job-as long as you schedule a regular massage.
2) It eases muscle pain
Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help. “Massage increases and improves circulation. Just like rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain,” says Tanason. A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.
3) It soothes anxiety and depression
“Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing,” says Tanason. Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience. And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
4) It improves sleep
Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep-it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.
“Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy,” says Lisa Marie de Miranda, registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy. Also, massages help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick. “Most RMTs can do infant massage,” says de Miranda. And if parents want to do it themselves, it comes naturally. “There’s not really a particular technique. Whatever parents normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.”
5) It boosts immunity
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease). Additionally, it also “improves immune function for individuals with HIV,” says de Miranda.
6) It relieves headaches
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. “Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches,” says de Miranda. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
"Music can minister to minds diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with its sweet oblivious antidote, cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart."
- William Shakespeare