Your Chakras Are Probably Out Of Balance. Here's How Reiki Can Help

Written by Margarita Alcantara, LAc
Margarita Alcantara, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist, Reiki master/teacher, and medicine woman helping clients awaken into their spiritual badassery through her private practice in the heart of NYC. She received her Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

The author pictured above, performing Reiki on a patient.

Because of daily life stressors, imbalances in the mind and body can happen in a number of ways. These often show up as physical symptoms, which directly correlate to the energy centers (or chakras) of the body.

I love to help people reconnect to themselves with Reiki, because the best way to address physical ailments (that are not caused by physical trauma) is through healing the energy body — and our patterns and stories around them.

This is due to the fact that the health of our physical body reflects the health of our energy body. Dis-ease tends to show up in our energy body first. When we're having physical issues, it is almost always due to the fact that our body is communicating what we have neglected to observe within ourselves.

This is why it is vital to cultivate a healthy, clear chakra system!

For instance, when patients come in for physical pain — digestive, neck, or chest pain — and it isn't the result of an injury, I often discover that there is an emotional block or holding pattern happening deep within.

In a previous article I provided an introductory to Reiki, and how it is a powerful and effective modality in both clearing and rebalancing the energy centers of the body.

Ever wonder which physical ailments directly correspond to which chakras? One of the most effective ways to clear blocked chakras is through the powerful practice of Reiki.

The following is a breakdown of each chakra and how to spot the imbalances that can manifest on emotional, spiritual and physical levels:

First Chakra/Root Chakra

Located between the genitals and the anus, the Root Chakra deals with the issues surrounding identity, survival, connection to Earth, and tribal issues. When this chakra is imbalanced, there are fears around survival, being provided for, and financial and family (or group) security.

Blockage in this area often happens following traumatic events, family problems, and major life changes. There may also be chronic lower back pain, sciatica, immune-related disorders, addictions, varicose veins, constipation, diarrhea, rectal/anal problems, impotence, water retention, and problems with groin, hips, legs, knees, calves, ankles, and feet.

When Reiki is performed at the Root Chakra, we have a better sense of feeling grounded and supported and begin to find relief from many of these chronic ailments.

Second Chakra/Sacral Chakra

This chakra is located about 1-2 inches below the navel. It is the chakra that deals with sex, power, money, gender, emotions, creativity, and procreation. When this chakra is imbalanced, there may lower back, pelvic, or hip problems, ob/gyn imbalances (including fibroids, cysts, etc.), issues around sexual potency, relationships, abundance, power and control.

This chakra is also linked to how we express our creativity, and is also related to the Throat Chakra. Sexual abuse or trauma can create an energy block in this chakra. Reiki can help bring these deeply suppressed emotions to the surface (especially anger) and allow us to finally, fully heal.

Third Chakra/Solar Plexus Chakra

Located 1-2 inches above the navel, the Solar Plexus Chakra is our power center, and where we are connected to our self-esteem and self-protection. When we feel scattered and direct our energies outward, it is usually a sign that we have given our power away. When this happens, sometimes one can feel discomfort, or a whirling sensation, in the Solar Plexus Chakra.

Physical imbalances may manifest as anorexia or bulimia, liver or adrenal dysfunction, fatigue, stomach ulcers, diabetes, or indigestion. Emotionally, we may be afraid to step into our power, have issues around self-confidence, self-respect, feel easily intimidated, weak, closed, depressed. When Reiki is performed and these blockages are lifted, we've cleared the way to take action in our life.

Fourth Chakra/Heart Chakra

Located at the center of the chest, the Heart Chakra is how we tap into our Higher Selves, self-love, divine love, and Christ Consciousness. When it is imbalanced, we may physically experience imbalances in that area of the body, such as: heart issues (like congestive heart failure or heart attacks), asthma/allergies, lung cancer, breast cancer, or bronchial pneumonia.

Emotionally, we may feel lonely, disconnected from ourselves and others, resentful, depressed (due to lack of hope), grief, distrust in love, and lack of compassion. Reiki can not only help make us more compassionate, but by clearing these blockages we might also become more open to accepting love from others.

Fifth Chakra/Throat Chakra

Located in the base of the throat, the Throat Chakra helps us to speak our truth. It deals with the issues of creativity, communication, and the will to live. Physical manifestation of this chakra's imbalances may show up as thyroid problems, TMJ, sore throat, swollen glands, or scoliosis.

Emotionally, we are afraid of silence, fearful of being judged and rejected, and imbalances in this chakra can also be connected to addiction. When Reiki is performed to help clear this chakra, we become more able to express ourselves or follow our dreams.

Sixth Chakra/Third Eye

Located between the eyebrows, the Third Eye helps us see that which is not physical. This is where our intuition lies, as well as clairvoyance and psychic perception. When this chakra is imbalanced, this may physically manifest as brain issues, such as stroke, brain tumor/hemorrhage, neurological disturbances and seizures.

Emotionally, we do not trust our insights or intuition, and may become afraid of it. Reiki can help unblock this chakra and allow us to hone in on the power of our intuition.

Seventh Chakra/Crown Chakra

Located at the top and center of the head, this chakra is our connection to the Universe, our spirituality, and our trust in life. This is the chakra from which we receive divine guidance from Source/Goddess/Higher Power. When this chakra is imbalanced, this manifests physically as depression, or as chronic exhaustion that is not linked to physical disorders.

Emotionally, we are unable to let go of anxiety and fear and there is a lack of trust in God or life.

When Reiki is performed, this chakra becomes unblocked and allows us to be in more touch with Divine guidance, and have more trust in life.

Working with a qualified Reiki practitioner can help you bring balance and harmony back to your chakras. Other excellent ways to rebalance the energy of the body include eating chakra-balancing foods, using essential oil therapy, Kundalini yoga and certain types of meditation.

What is your favorite way of clearing blocked chakras?

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