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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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Any liability, loss or damage in connection with the use of The Phoenix Centre for Creative Living's Bodywork pages instruction, including but not limited to any liability, loss or damage arising from the performance of the exercises demonstrated here, or any advice or information provided by The Phoenix Centre for Creative Living's Bodywork pages in the videos, or on the website, is expressly disclaimed.

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.


Here's a shortened video of holding the points


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