Bodywork that's more than skin deep

Massage therapy is just one part of a healing regimen. Yoga or daily stretching and breathing exercises are key elements in preventing injury, reducing stress and maintaining overall health. They extend the benefits of massage treatments! A balanced diet, exercise, plenty of water and laughter are also important aspects in a healthy lifestyle.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is the first Chakra that is located at the base of the spine, more precisely located in the perineum. It's Sanskrit name is Muladhara, meaning "root support". Muladhara's main role is in survival and grounding. It's inner role is stillness, security and stability.
The element is Earth, the color is red and it's sense is smell.

The body parts associated with Muladhara are the Adrenal glands, legs, feet, teeth, bones and large intestine. Imbalances include weight problems, constipation, sciatica degenerative arthritis, hemorrhoids, and knee complications.

The animal associated with the Root Chakra is the elephant. The Hindu deities connected with this Chakra are Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who eliminates obstacles and Lakshmi, the beautiful goddess of prosperity whether you need the opportunity, knowledge, money or time. Ganesha and Lakshmi work together to release fear and bring in abundance!

Since this Chakra is all about grounding a great way to balance this Chakra is to rest deeply by lying down or just simply sitting in a chair. Massage is also a wonderful way to balance Muladhara! Foot massage is especially beneficial for grounding.

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