You may find yourself asking the question, what is a Chakra? That question goes much further than what can be told in a small paragraph but what can be provided is a general understanding.
To put it in short, Chakras are energy centres and although there are actually hundreds of them attached to different points in the body, typically what most Chakra Therapy focuses on is 7 of the main centres; The Root, The Sacral, The Solar Plexus, The Heart, The Throat, The Third Eye and The Crown. Each centre is located in a different spot of the body, is directly linked to major organs and glands and rules the energy that flows in and out of bodies. Each specific centre holds its own unique realm and ties into different domains of our emotional/mental/physical health. While each Chakra is unique to the other, they all are related and flow into one another, meaning that imbalances of energy in one can greatly affect another.
What do Chakra imbalances look like? Many people tend to think that each Chakra when imbalances means it is "blocked", but what we really see happening in each energy system is more like a scales balance. As an example, there can be an excess amount of energy flowing through the Chakra that can cause imbalances which result in (but not limited to) anger outbursts, impulsive behaviour and misuse of power. While there can also be a deficiency of energy flowing to the Chakra, contributing to things such as depression, low energy, lack of drive and timid demeanours that result in those people being "walked all over". The truth is, there are a number of imbalances that can occur for a multitude of reasons and just like anything in this world, Chakras are subject to duality. For more information specific to each Chakra, what it looks like, how it governs and what imbalances look like, please see our blog. There are detailed write ups about each energy centre as a whole.
What does Chakra Therapy look like? Chakra therapy is individualistic in the sense that it attempts to help you as an individual identify imbalances and improve upon them. When we can identify an issue, we have a much better chance at finding solutions to them. A session takes place first with a brief consultation and then moving forward, a scanning through each one of the 7 centres mentioned above. Using techniques combining education from the Sacred Wellness School, Crystal therapy and traditional methods, a clearing is conducted through each centre, encouraging proper flow by either delivering more accessibility for energy flow, or removing excess from each centre. The treatment is done fully clothed and there is no physical touch conducted during treatment. After a session is done, a follow up will be initiated through email along with the details of your session and a post treatment self care sheet to be done at home.
What results and side effects can you expect after a treatment? The after effects of a Chakra Therapy session vary from person to person. Some people report immediate feelings of lighter, higher energy, while others feel tired and bogged down and some leave with one and end up feeling the other later. It really does depend on the person and the areas that need the work. It is important to remember that "healing crisis" is a real thing and can occur soon after a session, meaning you may feel worse before you feel better. (Not sure what a healing crisis is? Click here to read more about it). Side effects that have been experienced can range and are not limited to; dizziness, light headedness, nausea, increased emotional response (such as crying or outbursts). Of course these are just some of the more unpleasant side effects and should not cause alarm. Often when we bring things to the surface like we do with any detoxification process, things need to come up and out to purge themselves before restoring to wellness. Remember to be aware, keep a note of any differences in your physical/psychological state and it is a major help to yourself after the treatment to give extra self care!
References: The Complete Book of Chakras, Cindy Dale. Essential Guide to Chakras, Swami Saradananda.