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What is Chakra Healing?

Western medicine doesn’t have all the answers. For thousands of years mankind has relied on nature and natural herbs to cure its ills. It’s only been in the last couple hundred years that western medicine has flourished. We’re led to believe that pills can cure everything. Let’s face it there’s an intrinsic link between body and soul and western medicine doesn’t have all the answers.  Certainly modern medicine has it’s place but for holistic health we need to get back to our innate nature. One of the best ways to do this is by balancing chi and Chakra healing.

What is Chakra healing though?

  • Chakras are where the Chi enters your body. There are seven major Chakra points that run up the length of your spine.  If your Chakras get out of balance it can lead to illness.
  • We get ill when one or more of our Chakras are blocked. We can only heal by righting the chakra and restoring the flow of chi through the body.

There are a few different ways to heal a Chakra

  • Yoga: Yoga has been used for centuries to restore the mind body balance. It lets you concentrate on your physicality and establish control over your own body and aura.
  • Meditation: Meditation goes along with yoga. It lets you focus your inner mind and build mind body discipline
  • Reiki: Reiki lets the body relax and restore energy flow. A Reiki healer uses a hands on approach to relax the body and let chi flow through the Chakra.

These are only a few brief tidbits regarding Chakra healing. Of course for any serious medical problem you want to use the best medicine available.

There are better ways to live healthy; hopefully this has answered a few of your questions about “what is Chakra Healing?”  This is only a brief guide and doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of thousands of years of research. But it will help you to start on your  path to health and enlightenment.

Himalayan Institute Neti Pot

Himalayan Institute Neti Pot

Anyone who suffers from painful sinus or allergy problems will find relief by using the Neti pot.

For thousands of years this method of cleansing the nasal passages has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for the express purpose of relieving these conditions.

And although it tends to take the Western World a long time to catch on to ancient remedies, recent clinical studies show that nasal irrigation is an effective method to improve the symptoms of patients who suffer from frequent sinusitis.

Using the Himalayan Institute Original Neti Pot is a natural and effective way to cleanse, refresh and to protect the nasal passages.

The Neti Pot is simple and easy to use:

  1. Prepare the saline solution: mix 1/4 teaspoon of Neti Pot Salt or non-iodized salt with 8 ounces of warm water.
  2. Turn your head to one side over the sink.
  3. Gently insert the spout in the upper nostril. Raise the Neti Pot so the saline solution flows out the lower nostril.
  4. Repeat on the other side.

There are illustrated instructions included so that you can check that you are doing this correctly. There is also a link to a free online video demonstration.

The Himalayan Institute Neti pot is made from lead free ceramic and glaze. It has a lotus design on the side and its shape is designed to dispense just the right rate of flow to optimally cleanse the sinus passages.

When you purchase this Neti Pot you are not only helping your to alleviate your own health problems but the proceeds help to benefit the world-wide humanitarian, environmental, and educational projects that are supported by the Himalayan Institute. Features:

  • Distinctive shape makes it easy to use
  • Naturally removes excess mucus, pollen, dust, and other environmental irritants from the sinus passages
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  • Attractive trademarked lotus design
  • The Ceramic Neti Pot is made with lead-free ceramic and glaze
  • Illustrated instructions are included

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CB107730Paula and I have birthdays that are two days (and many years) apart on the 14th and 16th of May so today we went and had our customary treats, a back, neck and shoulder massage and facial.

Having a massage always reminds me of when we were in Thailand last year. We stayed in the absolutely gorgeous Novatel Hotel in Siam Square, and we booked into the day spa in the hotel, for a body massage.

I am on the cuddly side so not too fussed about exposing myself, however, Paula assured me the I wouldn’t have to strip. So feeling assured of this I entered the dimly lit room that smelled so beautiful with its aromatherapy candles.

The very nice lady, pointed to something on the bed and left me to get organised. I picked up the item on the bed and turned it over a few times and finally reached the conclusion – this was not to be worn on the head, it was a tiny pair of paper panties.

So after the full impact of what I was about to do, sunk in, I stripped and donned the ever so small pants and got under the covers on the massage table. Ha, who was I kidding.

All went well at the start as we began with the facial. Then in came a new masseuse and she proceeded to massage back, shoulders and arms. Hmmmmm, so relaxing and then off come the covers and I am on my back totally exposed except for the ever so tiny pants. I can really feel the glow from my face, however, the masseuse was very professional and finally nerves and embarrassment passed. I just kept thinking ‘I am sure this isn’t the worst she has ever seen’

Well when it was all over and I emerged feeling totally relaxed, I spotted Paula emerging from her cubicle. She looked very sheepish and we both burst out laughing.

Believe me ladies, if you haven’t ever had a massage because your a bit on the big side, do yourself a favour, get over it and go and have one, you will find that your masseuse will be professional and will do everything possible to put you at ease.

The feeling after is positively euphoric.

the-chakra-system-posterThis brings us  to the energy flows of the body.    The best way to use crystals is in conjunction with your own energy ‘points’.  These are known as chakras.  The word Chakra is Sanskrit for ‘wheel’ because each of the seven main chakras is an energy point that spins to carry and transfer energy.  If the flow of energies is blocked because of negative emotional issues such as stress, anxiety or anger they can cause physical illness.

Each chakra has a colour associated with it.  To clean, open and activate these energy points you can wear a chakra necklace or bracelet which includes crystals in each of the seven chakra colors.  Alternatively, you can perform a ‘chakra layout’.

How to perform the energizing Chakra Layout

You will need 7 crystals that correspond to the chakra colors.  You can buy complete ‘chakra sets’ or choose individual crystals.  There is a list below to help you choose.  You may feel more drawn to one than another and if so, go with that one.

You will be laying down on the floor for this exercise.  First, make sure that you will not be disturbed so take the phone off the hook!  Gather your seven crystals and lay them on the floor in sequence next to where you will lie.  Then lay down and place each stone on its’ associated chakra point on your body.  Simply lie quietly and try to relax.  Do this for at least several minutes.

The position, function and color of each chakra and suggested crystals

Crown Chakra (number 7)

  • Location: on the top of your head (your crown)
  • Function: Helps to connect you to your spiritual inner self. Helps with positive thoughts, brings inspiration and increases imagination.
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: feeling confused, can’t think clearly, depression, becoming obsessional, feeling tired all the time.
  • Color: Purple or White
  • Crystals to choose from: Amethyst, ametrine, atlantasite, lepidolite, opalite, clear quartz, ruby in zoisite, russian serpentine, seraphinite.

chakra-stonesBrow or Third Eye Chakra (number 6)

  • Location: In between and just above the eyebrows
  • Function: Helps with clear vision (physical and spiritual), strengthens intuition, aids psychic abilities, helps with concentration, brings increased self-knowledge.
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: headaches, nightmares, eye problems and/or poor vision, neurological disturbances including poor balance and hallucinations
  • Color: Indigo or dark blue
  • Crystals to choose from: Amethyst, celestite, fluorite, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, moonstone, clear quartz, seraphinite, sodalite, turquoise.

Throat Chakra (number 5)

  • Location: over the throat.
  • Function: Helps with clear communication and expressing ourselves.
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: repeated colds and sore throats, asthma, hearing issues including tinnitus, stiff neck, being unable to show emotion.
  • Color: Light blue
  • Crystals to choose from: Amazonite, angelite, aqua aura quartz, aquamarine, blue chalcedony, blue lace agate, blue calcite, celestite, chrysocolla, kyanite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, clear quartz, sodalite, tanzanite, topaz, turquoise.

Heart Chakra (number 4)

  • Location: Middle of the chest..
  • Function: The center of emotion, helps with being compassionate, showing and feeling love, understanding and forgiveness.
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: heart problems, lung problems, hyperventilating, circulatory issues, raised blood pressure, fears of abandonment or betrayal.
  • Color: Green
  • Crystals to choose from: Moss agate, amazonite, atlantasite, green aventurine, chrysocolla, chrysopras, emerald, jade, labradorite, lepidolite, moonstone, morganite, peridot, pink kunzite, clear quartz, rose quartz, rhodonite,

Solar Plexus Chakra (number 3)

  • Location: Between belly button and bottom of ribs.
  • Function: Helps with confidence, having a sense of humor, personal power and authority, showing and feeling warmth.
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: anxiety, stomach ulcers, digestive issues, feeling low, constant tiredness, allergies, feeling overly sensitive, having low self esteem, feeling a loss of control in one’s life.
  • Color: Yellow
  • Crystals to choose from: Ametrine, orange calcite, citrine, haematite, yellow jasper, moonstone, clear quartz, rose quartz, rhodonite, sunstone, tigers eye.

Sacral /Navel Chakra ( number 2)

  • Location: Between the Navel and the Pubic bone
  • Function: vitality and strength,  generates creativity, new ideas, passion, endurance and sexual energy
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: impotence, bladder, kidney and uterine disorders, prostate problems, lower back pain and infertility. Associated emotionally with fear, shock and guilt.
  • Color: Red and yellow
  • Crystals to choose from: Blue Jasper, Fire Agate, Brown Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Cuprite, Hematite, Mahogany Obsidian, Tourmaline, Rhodonite

Base Chakra (number 1)

  • Location: The base of the spine.
  • Function: Helps with keeping your feet on the ground, controls the nervous system so helps with keeping you safe and centred, promotes stability and patience, courage and success.
  • Symptoms of chakra blockage: problems with any part of the body from the hips down, arthritis issues, dental problems, constipation and often issues with gaining weight or obesity.
  • Color: Red or black.
  • Crystals to choose from: Garnet, haematite, red jasper, black obsidian, smoky quartz, clear quartz, rhodonite, black tourmaline.

It’s also advisable to put a ‘grounding’ crystal such as black tourmaline, haematite or smoky quartz on the floor between your feet to keep you ‘anchored’ and stop you feeling spaced out.

The all-purpose crystal

If this sounds like too much hassle and you’re not sure about the whole crystal thing anyway – why not just get yourself a bracelet, necklace or earrings of clear quartz.  You may have noticed that this crystal is applicable to every chakra and it is a favorite with crystal lovers because of its’ multiple applications.

If you’re not a jewelry wearer, just put one under your pillow and see how it improves your sleep.  If you find it on the floor one morning – it has done its’ job!

Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!

Crystals are not only healing, they’re beautiful too – so why not get some and give them a try.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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