Healing Centers of the Body -- Deborah Barr©
Reprint from Western PA Health and Fitness Magazine
the chakras it is necessary to understand humanity as energy,
vibration and waves. Behavior, emotions and thoughts are comprised
of vibrational energy, which come from the external environment
to the center of the body and disburses from the body out
to the external environment.
Chinese medicine views sickness
as imbalanced energy. Energy is not static; it is always in
a state of flux, either bringing us closer to a state of health
or sickness and problems. If we can learn to understand and
direct the quality of the vibrational energy that we take
in, we can bring ourselves closer to wholeness. Chakras are
energy centers of the body. Chakra is the Sanskrit word meaning
wheel, referring to the moving, spiral form taken
by the chakras. The number and location of the chakras may
vary slightly depending on the system studied; however, seven
major chakras are generally recognized:
chakra is the root chakra, located at the base of the spine.
It is from this center that we feel grounded and connected
to life. All issues that have to do with physical survival
and security are related to the root chakra.
chakra is located in the lower abdominal region about two
inches below the navel. This chakra, called the sacral chakra
is the central administrator for the physical body. Many difficulties
with the emotions and sexuality are related to this chakra.
plexus is the term used to describe the third chakra,
which is located in the stomach region about two inches below
the base of the sternum. This center is related to our will
to grow and to achieve. This is the area where many of our
old judgements and fears are carried.
center of the breastbone, over the heart, we find the heart
chakra. This chakra also influences breathing and digestion
and functions as the central administrator for the entire
bodys energy flow.
chakra, or throat chakra, is located at the center of the
throat between the jaw and the base of the throat. This is
our communication center and healthy qualities produced by
this chakra include intellectual, logical and artistic expression,
and finding and fulfilling ones niche in life.
above and between the eyebrows lies the third eye
chakra. Nerve stimulations are assimilated here and distributed
to all parts of the brain. The midbrain acts as the central
administrator for the head region.
chakra is located at the crown of the head and extends
above the head for several inches. This seventh chakra governs
various kinds of consciousness, including the unification
of spiritual, mental and physical activities.
was despondent, withdrawn, and at times, depressed over the
death of her mother. Her heart chakra was weak, deficient,
and she experienced repeated chest colds, bronchitis and respiratory
problems. Her emotional and physical problems were treated
in several ways: first by eliminating foods that weaken energy
in the heart/lung area- i.e., coffee, alcohol, sweets, soft
dairy food, excessive fruit and juice- and by adding more
strengthening and ki-energy-producing foods such as brown
rice, bitter greens, root veggies, sesame seeds and almonds.
She began an exercise routine incorporating yoga and ki exercises
to strengthen the heart chakra, and also shiatsu therapy to
generate circulation of energy throughout her body. (Acupuncture
is equally effective.) Through guided imagery she was able
to release her sadness, let go and become open to the endless
possibilities for love and happiness in the present. Gradually,
Mary healed herself and no longer experienced the physical
health problems. She became more joyful and optimistic about
is one example of a method of healing that has been in existence
for thousands of years. To really know and understand yourself
and your problems, please contact a qualified holistic health