To understand chakra healing, you would first want to know what it is. As a very basic definition, a chakra is each of seven centres of spiritual power in the human body. There are 7 main chakra’s which align the spine starting from the base of the spine through the crown of the head. These 7 include the root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra and finally the crown chakra.
- The root chakra (Muladhra)
The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of your spine. It is the chakra that connects us to our physical world, our environment and the Earth. It also represents feeling grounded and also feeling stable with regards to all aspects of our lives.
- The sacral chakra (Svadhisthana)
The sacral chakra is located around the pelvis. This chakra represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity.
- The solar plexus chakra (Manipura)
The solar plexus chakra which is located a few inches above the navel is mainly concerned your self-control, will power, self-discipline and also your personality. It focuses bring in control when needed and being able to let go when appropriate.
- The heart chakra (Anahata)
The heart chakra which is located in the centre of the chest represents unconditional love (which includes self-love) empathy, compassion, respect, kindness, warmth etc.
- The throat chakra (Visuddha)
The throat chakra which is located in the neck and the throat is the chakra of creativity, commination, originality, judgment and self-expression. This chakra rules self expression and speaking one’s truth.
- The third eye chakra (Anja)
The third eye chakra which is located at the centre of the forehead is similar to what we all know as the “sixth sense”. This chakra grants us our sense of observation. It allows us to question things and also connects us to our internal intuitions and how aligned we are with our vision. It also is associated with wisdom.
- The crown chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra is a spiritual connection. It acts as a portal in which it allows you to reach your higher potential. It symbolizes the detachment from illusion. It is also said that other chakra emergered through this chakra.
A lot of the time, people don’t know if their chakra’s balanced or unbalanced. The stress of everyday life can take a toll on you, and if you are feeling ‘out of sorts’ then a chakra reading will help you understand the conditions of your chakras and reveal which one of these chakra’s are unbalanced. During these sessions, your fears or problems will be revealed. When the problem is identified, the chakras can slowly be brought back into alignment. Also, you could learn how to make subtle changes to help with balancing your chakras. So let’s say your root chakra is unbalanced. There are actually things you can do in daily life to help balance it. The colour associated with the root chakra is red, so imagining the colour red glowing brightly at the base of the spine can be a starting step. Another cool factor is that eating red foods, such as apples, strawberries, beets, beef etc also helps with the process. This chakra is also related to being grounded to Earth, so taking walks in nature and soaking up the air and the sounds helps you connect more to mother nature. Lastly, learning about affirmation are another way to unblock your chakras. Saying “I belong in this world”, “I am at peace with my surroundings” etc is also a form of cleansing the chakra. When the chakra has finally opened, the energy will be able to flow freely and you will feel empowered, loved and nurtured.
Ever heard of someone complaining about a headache when they’re stressed? It may seem strange but this happens because of the mind body connection. Mind Body Connection means that there is a link between our emotions and our physical body; where our minds affect how healthy are biological functions. Our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes can either impact our body in a positive or negative manner. Doctors have evaluated the connection between our mental and physical health for a long time. Until the 1800s, most believed that emotions were linked to disease and when one was sick, they often advised them to visit spas or seaside resorts when they were ill. However as medicine started healing everything, people started dismissing the idea. Today, we accept that there is a powerful mind-body connection through. In fact some specialists say that the mind and body are inseparable.
Many things can happen in your life that cause stress and affect your emotional health. These things could be being fired, going through a divorce, having to study for a stressful exam, dealing with a death of a loved one. During these anxious times, your body is trying to communicate with you, it’s trying to inform you that something is wrong. So lets say your dealing with a divorce, there could be a chance of getting high blood pressure, or during studying for an exam, you could get a headache. Here are some other symptoms that could show that there is some sort of emotional trauma going on within:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Extreme tiredness
- Aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing)
- Sexual problems
- Shortness of breath
- Weight gain or loss
If your experiencing the symptoms above, it could be because of an emotional crisis. On the bright side though, there is such a thing as mind-body medicine/treatment. Mind-body medicine focuses on treatments that may promote health, including relaxation, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, yoga, and biofeedback. More techniques include prayer, support groups, tai chi. Just for the peace of mind, it’s always important to do something that relaxes you! Always find something you enjoy doing!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON HYPNOTHERAPY
1. What is hypnotherapy?
A hypnotic trance is a state of “focused concentration” in which you are neither fully awake nor fully asleep.
Hypnotherapy is a state of consciousness in which your logically analytical faculties are reduced sufficiently to allow deeper levels of your subconscious mind to be utilized for the benefit of your health.
2. What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?
The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. There are countless other applications where it can be of great benefit including:
• Phobias, fears, and anxiety •
• Sleep disorders •
• Depression •
• Stress •
• Grief and loss •
• increased self-esteem •
• weight loss •
• Stress reduction •
• Dealing with phobias and trauma •
• Pain relief •
• Public speaking •
• Improving memory •
3. Is hypnotherapy dangerous?
Hypnotherapy is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or something the person doesn’t want to do. The greatest risk, as discussed above, is that false memories can be created.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Image
1. What is image consulting?
Image is more than clothes you wear, the hairstyle you choose or the makeup you apply. Your image is about representing the best of you on the inside and outside, looking at the messages you communicate through how you feel, dress, walk, talk and much more! We go beyond the fads and fashions to delve into the real you and inspire you to make choices that unveil your most beautiful avatar.
2. What do Image Consultants do?
Image consultants are specialists in visual appearance, verbal and non-verbal communications and business and social etiquette. Working with individual clients, image professionals assist them in attaining authenticity, self-confidence and credibility. Corporate clients are taught to express their company’s goals by aligning appearance, behavior and communications while maintaining their individuality.
Specifically, image consultants cater to their clients in a variety of ways depending on the perceived need: Services could include: Wardrobe Analysis and Selection, Shopping, Color Palette, Body Typing of more intensive grooming areas like Hair and Makeup Analysis and Skincare. Other areas covered include Voice Coaching, Body Language Training, Etiquette Issues, International Protocol and Communication Skills
3. Why do I need an Image Consultant?
Are you in a rut? Always buying the same clothes and style and not feeling like you’re expressing yourself the way you’d like to? Are you wanting to differentiate yourself but don’t know how? Do you find that you are not fully expressed by all the clothing in your wardrobe? Do you have an event or a job interview coming up where you would like to look your best? Do you walk into a store and feel overwhelmed by the choices, not knowing what works best for you?
Answering yes to any of the questions above brings to light a few of the reasons you would need to engage an image consultant to make your life easier. It is a unique opportunityfor you to consult someone with an expert eye to answer your questions, give you the guidance to put things together and inspire you to feel fabulous!
4. How will Image Consulting benefit me?
Through owning your look and choosing the colors and styles that suit you best, you will gain the confidence to present yourself assertively in any situation both looking and feeling great!
5. How often do I have to consult an Image Consultant?
The most effective route is to start with a thorough analysis of yourself inwardly and outwardly; starting with personal coaching to challenge any limiting beliefs about attaining your desired image, and moving on to a thorough color, body, personality style, wardrobe and make-up analysis.
After this we recommend our clients to come for:
(a) monthly coaching sessions to ensure they are upholding their transformation, and clearing any physical/ emotional limitations that prevent them from exuding their desired image to its full extent.
(b) An ‘Update your style’ session every 6 months to get advise on any physical changes, and learn how to project their desired image whist maintaining an up-to-date look congruent with the current fashion and trends.
6. What type of people would use an Image Consultant?
We work with a variety of people from corporate bankers to mum’s and teenagers. This service is applicable for anyone who has a desire to look and feel their best!
7. Where do the consultations take place?
We work around our clients’ needs; we can come to you or you can come to us. Many of our clients prefer to have all consultations at their homes; however this is only necessary for wardrobe consultations.
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