What are the Chakras?

In traditional Indian medicine that is, Ayurvedic medicine, health and wellness are believed to be based on a number of factors. One of these is that the chakras are well balanced.

The chakras are like wheels of energy constantly spinning in 7 different locations in our body. The spin like a flat plate, from the front of our bodies to the back. This means we can work on our chakras ourselves, or have other do chakra work with us, such as by massaging our back or using aromatherapy, stones or crystals.

Reiki also uses the theory of the chakras in its healing. Reiki is a form of ‘hands-on’ healing from Japan. However, it doesn’t always have to be by touch. The most skilled reiki masters can even heal from a distance, or with just one look.

In Reiki, there are 14 meridians and chakras. Working on each can boost their energy and get each back into balance.

Each of the 7 chakras has an energy and color associated with it. They are:

The Root Chakra-red
It is located around the area of your anus and its energy is the desire for safety, stability, food, water and shelter. It is the foundation of a good life.

The Sex Chakra-orange
This is the seat of procreative and reproductive energy. It is the seat of passion and desire.

The Solar Plexus Chakra-yellow
Think of solar, like the sun. The word plexus means network. It is in the middle of your body, at the area where your ribs separate. This is the seat of willpower, the energy that helps you drive towards success.

Heart Chakra-green
The heart chakra is in the center of your chest and is associated with love and compassion. A balanced chakra fosters good relationships and a happy life. .

Throat Chakra-blue
Located at your throat, it controls communication, to say what you mean and be understood.

Third Eye-indigo (purplish blue)
Located between your eyebrows, this is the center of your intuition. It helps you ‘see’ the world around you with greater clarity, including the spiritual world.

The Crown Chakra-purple and sometimes white
Located at the top of your head, it connects with all your chakras within, and with the universe outside.

If you’ve been feeling run down or out of kilter in certain areas of your life, reiki might be the perfect way to even out your energy and balance your chakras for better health.