Body or Energy Psychotherapy refers to the integration of body centred Energy methods that work alongside of traditional client centred Psychotherapy.
Traumatic experiences, emotional distress, and inner conflict may be understood as patterns of information; images, thoughts, memories, beliefs, feelings and sensory experience, frozen in time within the mind-body energy system. When we can figure out the root cause of the imbalances within our body, we may begin to heal and move in a different direction.
Within our body, we have many main energy centres. These centres are connected to major organs and glands that oversee other body parts. Each one of these main energy centres is called a Chakra. In order to release these patterns that are stuck inside of us, we can work with the seven chakras and the energy associated with each one of them.
These seven main chakra centres are aligned along the spinal column so if there are any kind of disturbance on any level, it will show in the chakra’s durability. Each of the seven main chakras has it’s own intelligence centre meaning that each chakra is not only associated with our physical health but also controls aspects connected to our emotional and mental health.
When a chakra centre is out of balance it generally means that it is over-active, under-active, or blocked. If this happens it is usually felt on a mental, emotional and/or physical level. This is where I can help to align the chakras that may be out of balance. It is important to work with the chakras and open them up which in turn increases energy flow. The more energy we allow to flow, the healthier we are. When someone’s chakras are out of balance, they can become ill which eventually may lead to dis-ease or mental illness, addictions, panic/anxiety, depression, anger issues, and many physical problems.
The names of the seven main chakras and the main organ that each one oversees is as follows:
1st or Root Chakra
Sits at the base of your spine, at your tailbone.
Physical imbalances in the root chakra include problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, male reproductive parts and prostrate gland. Those with imbalances here are also likely to experience issues of degenerative arthritis, knee pain, sciatica, eating disorders, and constipation.
Emotional imbalances include feelings affecting our basic survival needs: money, shelter and food; ability to provide for life’s necessities.
When this chakra is in balance, you feel supported, a sense of connection and safety to the physical world, and grounded.
The lesson of this chakra is self-preservation; we have a right to be here.
2nd or Sacral Chakra
Located two inches below your navel.
Physical imbalances include sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hip, pelvic and low back pain.
Emotional imbalances include our commitment to relationships . Our ability to express our emotions. Our ability to have fun, play based on desires, creativity, pleasure, sexuality. Fears of impotence, betrayal, addictions.
When this chakra is balanced, we have an ability to take risks, we are creative, and we are committed. We are passionate, sexual and outgoing.
The lesson of this chakra is to honour others.
3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra
Located three inches above your navel.
Physical imbalances include digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, stomach ulcers, pancreas and gallbladder issues, and colon diseases.
Emotional imbalances include issues of personal power and self-esteem, our inner critic comes out. Fears of rejection, criticism, physical appearances.
When this chakra is balanced, we feel self-respect and self-compassion. We feel in control, assertive, confident.
The lesson of this chakra is self-acceptance.
4th or Heart Chakra
Located at the heart.
Physical imbalances include asthma, heart disease, lung disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.
Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, abandonment, anger, bitterness. Fear of loneliness.
When this chakra is balanced we feel joy, gratitude, love and compassion, forgiveness flows freely, trust is gained.
The lesson of this chakra is I Love.
5th or Throat Chakra
Located at the throat.
Physical imbalances include thyroid issues, sore throats, laryngitis, TMJ, ear infections, ulcers, any facial problems (chin, cheek, lips, tongue problems) neck and shoulder pain.
Emotional imbalances include issues of self-expression through communication, both spoken or written. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower or being out of control.
When this chakra is balanced, we have free flowing of words, expression, and communication. We are honest and truthful yet firm. We are good listeners.
The lesson of this chakra is to speak up and let your voice be heard.
6th or Third Eye Chakra
Located in the middle of the eyebrows, in the centre of the forehead.
Physical imbalances include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, and hormone function.
Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, and self-reflection; an inability to look at ones own fears, and to learn from others. Daydream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination.
When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight.
The lesson of this chakra is to see the big picture.
7th or Crown Chakra
Located at the top of the head.
Physical imbalance includes depression, inability to learn, sensitivity to light, sound, and environment.
Emotional imbalances include issues with self-knowledge and greater power. Imbalances arise from rigid thoughts on religion and spirituality, constant confusion; carry prejudices, “analysis paralysis.” Fear of alienation.
When this chakra is balanced, we live in the present moment. We have an unshakeable trust in our inner guidance.
The lesson of this chakra is live mindfully.