What Is Reiki?
Reiki means 'Universal Life Force Energy', it originates from Japan and dates back to the teachings of Mikao Usui in the 1920s. Reiki is a gentle form of energy healing. When you receive a Reiki treatment, the healing energies help to restore balance to the mind, body and emotions, by removing blockages from the system and realigning your chakras, restoring balance to the flow of energy. Reiki is channelled through a means of non-intrusive, gentle touch, or no touch at all, the benefits of which can include a deep sense of relaxation, an increase in energy levels, reduce stress, anxiety, depression and promote a significant improvement in your general health and wellbeing.
The word Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning ' Wheel of Light', they are the energy centres of the etheric body and appear as wheel like vortices of energy. There are seven main chakras, which appear along the nave of the spine. They are as follows: - Crown Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra, Heart Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Sacral Chakra and Root Chakra, and each Chakra has it's own purpose, association and connection. Balancing the chakras is important as it helps to maintain optimum well-being of the mind, body and soul, below I explain a little about each Chakra, including the importance of balancing the Chakras, and the connection that Reiki and Sound Therapy has in this process, as well as types of foods that will benefit the individual Chakra.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The Crown Chakra is situated just above the head and has a Violet/ Pink colour. It represents the doorway to pure consciousness. When balanced, you are living in peace and at one with the divine, when unbalanced it can mean you are unable to let go of anxiety and fear. The associated organ is the brain. Associated foods are White foods, such as Parsnip, Coconut, White Onion, Garlic and Potatoes, as well as herbs/ spices such as Lavender, Valerian Root and Chamomile. The elements associated with the crown chakra are Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Represented by the note 'B' in Sound Therapy.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The Third Eye Chakra is situated just between the eyebrows, on the forehead and has an Indigo colour. It represents knowledge of being, vision, inner knowing, imagination and self assurance. When in balance it brings awareness to the spiritual side of being and when unbalanced you can be afraid of intuition and see only obvious surface meaning. The associated organ is the brain. Associated foods are Red Onion, Purple Grapes, Beetroot and Aubergines, as well as herbs/ spices such as Hawthorn, Rosemary and Dandelion Root. The elements associated with the third eye chakra are Earth, Fire, Water and Air. Represented by the note 'A' in Sound Therapy.
Throat Chakra (Vishudda)
The Throat Chakra is situated at the base of the throat and has a light Blue/ Cyan colour. It represents expression of being and it's function is to help us find authentic self expression. When in balance it means you know balance of expression, silence and speech and you are able to listen to your inner voice, and trust your intuition, when unbalanced you can be fearful of being judged and rejected, as well as being afraid of silence. The part of the body associated is the thyroid gland. Associated foods are Blue and Brown foods, such as Blueberries, Bilberries, Dark Chocolate, Almonds, as well as herbs/ spices such as Peppermint, Sage and Lemongrass. The element associated with the throat chakra is Ether. Represented by the note 'G' in Sound Therapy.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The Heart Chakra is situated at the centre of the chest and has a Green colour. It represents loving self/ beyond self, compassion, immunity and peace. When in balance it means you exude feelings of wholeness, tolerance and acceptance of life and relationships, when unbalanced the love you give is insincere, you look for rewards and you can have difficulty accepting love given by others. The organs represented are the heart and lungs. Associated foods are Green foods, such as Celery, Kale, Courgette and Green Peppers, as well as herbs/ spices such as Basil, Thyme and Parsley. The element associated with the heart chakra is Air. Represented by the note 'F' in Sound Therapy.
Solar Plexus (Manipura)
The Solar Plexus Chakra is situated just below the diaphragm, in the centre of the navel and has a yellow colour. It represents will, personal power, digestion and assimilation of nutrients. When in balance you have feelings of wholeness, inner calm and peace, inner tolerance of others and acceptance, when unbalanced there could be no trust in flow, a need to dominate, emphasis on the material world and material security. The organs represented are the Pancreas, Liver, Stomach. Associated foods are Yellow foods, such as Banana, Pineapple, Yellow Peppers and Sweetcorn, as well as herbs/ spices such as Cinnamon, Anise and Turmeric. The element associated with the solar plexus chakra is Fire. Represented by the note 'E' in Sound Therapy.
Sacral Chakra (Svadhistana)
The Sacral Chakra is situated one hands width below the navel, in line with the top of the pelvis and has an Orange colour. It represents creativity, procreation, sexual function and promotion of vitality. When in balance you are considerate, open, friendly and are able to share emotions and feelings with others, when unbalanced you can be unsure and unstable in sexual and emotional matters, have difficulty in expression of feelings and suppress natural needs. The organs represented are the large intestine, bladder, kidneys and reproductive organs. Associated foods are Orange foods, such as Oranges, Papaya, Melon and Carrots, as well as herbs/ spices such as Liquorice, Coriander and Paprika. The element associated with the sacral chakra is Water. Represented by the note 'D' in Sound Therapy.
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The Root Chakra is situated just below the base of the spine, between the legs and has a bright Red colour. It represents energetic function, inner stability and a sense of being grounded. When in balance you have a profound connection with nature and a deep understanding of its ebb and flow, when unbalanced you have an inability to trust in nature, are unable to focus on material possessions and a need to satisfy your own desires and wishes. The organs represented are the large intestine and rectum. Associated foods are Red foods, such as Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Strawberries and Pomegranate, as well as herbs/ spices, such as Ashwaganda, Ginger and Cayenne Pepper. The element associated with the root chakra is Earth. Represented by the note 'C' in Sound Therapy.