Bodywork Exercises — Chakra Balancing


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REMINDER: If you want to learn to do “real” Body­work, you must find a qual­i­fied teacher — some­one who has “hands on” expe­ri­ence — and there­fore can help you to learn to judge the amount of pres­sure to apply.

That being said, apply­ing mod­er­ate pres­sure while play­ing with these exer­cis­es will give you feel for what Body­work is about.

Dis­claimer

Impor­tant cautions

Please note the fol­low­ing impor­tant cau­tions before fol­low­ing this exercise.

Not all exer­cise is suit­able for every­one, and this or any exer­cise pro­gramme may result in injury. Con­sult with your doc­tor before you use the exer­cis­es from the The Phoenix Cen­tre for Cre­ative Liv­ing’s Body­work pages and videos.

To reduce the risk of injury, nev­er force or strain your­self dur­ing exer­cise. If you feel pain, stop and seek med­ical atten­tion if nec­es­sary. Those with spe­cial health con­sid­er­a­tions should con­sult their med­ical prac­ti­tion­er before per­form­ing any exercise.

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The Chakra Release Exercise

In a sense, we are nudg­ing the chi to line up and match up to the “beat” of the Root Chakra.


Prepa­ra­tion
  • Bol­ster or tow­el under the small of the back

  • Your right hand is going to hold the Root Chakra point through­out this exer­cise, so you might want to place a rolled up tow­el under the small of the recip­i­en­t’s back, to ease the pres­sure on your hand.


Recip­i­ent: lie on your back over a bol­ster, and place a pil­low under your knees.

Root Chakra
  • The set­up as described.

    Just a reminder as to the “Good Enough” point’s loca­tion as well as the actu­al Root Chakra.
    Remem­ber, though, the Recip­i­ent is face UP!

  • Per­son Giv­ing: Sit on the recip­i­en­t’s right side. Ask the recip­i­ent to lift their pelvis up a bit and slide your right hand, palm up, under their butt, and hold the “Good Enough Point,” or curve your fin­gers up and hold the actu­al Root Chakra point.
    Press inward slight­ly; too much pres­sure might be painful for the recip­i­ent and your hand will begin to ache.

    Recip­i­ent: your “job” is to breathe into this area, and imag­ine the colour “bright red.”

    Feel for the Chakra; for its size and tex­ture. Remem­ber that if your part­ner is NOT hold­ing the actu­al Root Chakra point, you should imag­ine the ACTUAL point while your part­ner holds or light­ly rubs the “Good Enough Point.”

    Be aware of the ener­gy in this Chakra, and any feel­ings that arise.


Bel­ly Chakra
  • Per­son Giv­ing: Your right hand remains on the Root Chakra through­out this exer­cise.
    Your left hand goes to the Sec­ond Chakra.

    Hold these two points and feel for the chi, which will feel like a pulse. As you breathe out, focus on send­ing ener­gy to your right hand, and visu­al­ize the ener­gy flow­ing up the body to the left hand.

    Wait for the chi to balance.

    Recip­i­ent: As your part­ner holds your bel­ly (the 2nd chakra), visu­al­ize the colour orange and feel for the tone and tex­ture of the Chakra.


Solar Plexus Chakra
  • Per­son Giv­ing: When the pulse between the Root and Bel­ly Chakras feels even, move your left hand to the Third Chakra, at the solar plexus.

    Wait for the chi to bal­ance, visu­al­iz­ing the flow of ener­gy mov­ing from your right hand, through the recip­i­en­t’s body, to your left hand.

    Recip­i­ent: imag­ine ener­gy mov­ing — flow­ing upward from the Root Chakra to the third Chakra, while visu­al­iz­ing the colour bright yellow.


Heart Chakra
  • Per­son Giv­ing: When the pulse between the Root and Solar Plexus Chakras feels even, move your left hand to the Fourth Chakra, the heart area.

    Wait for the chi to balance.

    Recip­i­ent: “See” the ener­gy flow­ing upward and enter­ing this Chakra, turn­ing bright green upon arrival at the Heart Chakra.


Throat Chakra
  • Per­son Giv­ing: When the pulse feels even between the Root and Heart Chakras, move your left hand to the Fifth Chakra, at the throat.

    Gen­tly “cup” your hand over the throat. 

    If the recip­i­en­t’s jaw is tight, you also might move your fin­gers to the jaw hinge, first one side, then the oth­er, then back to the throat. 

    Wait for the chi to balance.

    Recip­i­ent: visu­al­ize the ener­gy in this Chakra as bright blue.

    As you “feel” for the chi, wig­gle your jaw to loosen it.


Brow — 3rd Eye Chakra
  • Per­son Giv­ing: When the pulse feels even between the Root and Throat Chakras, move your left hand to the Sixth Chakra, the third-eye point.

    Wait for the chi to balance.

    Recip­i­ent: imag­ine the chi flow chang­ing to pur­ple as this spot is massaged.


Crown Chakra
  • Per­son Giv­ing: When the pulse feels even between the Root and 3rd Eye Chakras, move your left hand to the Sev­enth Chakra, the Crown Chakra.

    Wait for the chi to balance.

    Recip­i­ent: Breathe slow­ly and deeply, while imag­in­ing the colour white.

    You may sense a sub­tle move­ment of chi, up the spine. 

    Breathe, relax, and notice what you are feeling.



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