If we think about the meaning of ” solar”, relating to the sun, and “plexus”, a network of nerves, we have descriptors of this chakra: its yellow colour and its location across the area of the lumbar spine where a network of nerves branch out.
Yellow has generally accepted associations for us of light, especially sunlight. In Aura Soma’s concept of this chakra it is also connected to learning and knowledge we acquire through learning. In addition it is the centre of our individual will.
When the solar plexus chakra is functioning well. knowledge will be used to benefit ourselves and all others, whether human or not, which brings in other positives: satisfaction, joy and optimism.
However, in our language yellow has some negative associations as well, being “yellow-bellied”, or “having a yellow streak,”meaning a person who is easily frightened or cowardly. We may wonder why such a tendency is called yellow. As it arises from a lack of confidence which leads to an inability to act decisively, this relates to another aspect of the solar plexus when it is not functioning well. The individual will is compromised by fear.
In my experience of doing healing work on the subtle anatomy, I have observed that the wellbeing of the sacral chakra and the solar plexus chakra are closely connected. When unhappy emotions are stored in the sacral chakra, the solar plexus, as the centre of our individual will, takes the strain, as we struggle with our willpower to keep our lives on track through difficult times. The solar plexus becomes depleted. Its colour may look muddy or show brown stains in the yellow.
Helping a massage patient to release tension in this area lightens the burden carried by the physical body, in particular the digestive system.
Orange is the colour of the second chakra, the sacral chakra, which is situated parallel to the sacrum, between the root chakra and the navel. It is an area of the body where we clearly feel the difference between being relaxed or not. We are all familiar with feeling the nervous “flutterings” we call “butterflies in the stomach”, often felt more in the sacral area than the location of the stomach”, in response to a situation we experience as stressful. In addition it is well-known that repeated tension in the abdomen has a range of physical consequences.
Whereas we may associate the red of the root chakra with a warming fire, the orange of the sacral chakra may be likened to the warmth of an orange candle flame. The “butterflies” we can feel when tense can be soothed to rest by the warm glow of orange.
Emotions which cause, or have caused us pain, can be stored in the sacral chakra, and the colour orange can bring healing and balance to this area. If the massage client has chosen the orange aura soma equilibrium bottle, I visualize orange entering each of the chakras in turn, thereby allowing the sacral chakra to release what is or was painful. When this happens, and relaxation is achieved, the individual can allow their creativity to emerge.
In order to achieve any task that requires physical activity we draw on our store of energy in the root chakra. As a tree’s roots nourish the whole structure, the health of our root chakra underpins our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Our chakras need care and attention for our overall wellbeing. When a massage client chooses to have healing of these centres as a part of their physical massage treatment, they choose a bottle from a selection of aura soma equilibrium bottles that relate to the chakras. The bottle they choose is an indication of which chakra is most in need of attention. Restoring balance in one benefits all the others as they do not function in isolation from each other.
Which words spring to mind when you think of red? Take the time to write some down! It has different associations, but a central one, which relates to many aspects of red, is fire. The root chakra connects us with our ancestral past, and we can easily see in our mind’s eye the fire our ancestors sat around for warmth, comfort, security and protection, all needed for survival. In that safe place rest could be taken so that the body could re-energize and be ready for new physical activity, however challenging.
By comparison, the root chakra can be understood as an internal fire, which, like an external fire, needs to be attended to if it is to keep burning. When a person’s physical energy is very low, we say they are “burned out.” In this case, when I am working with somebody who has a low level of physical energy, the image I have in my mind of their root chakra may be of bare coals where the fire has gone out. Fortunately it can be restored by the healing work and the client’s co-operation in ways to revitalize themselves.
Do you open your wardrobe in the morning and know just what colour or colours you need to wear for the day?
We humans have an innate relationship with colour ; it’s an international language we don’t have to learn, although we can become more aware of its importance in our daily lives as an enhancer of mood and energy level.
The benefits of massage for the musculo-skeletal system and nervous system are well-documented by massage therapists and massage patients. These benefits can be extended by incorporating healing work on the chakras. The word chakra comes from ancient Indian Vedic scripts, and means “wheel”. There are 7 major chakras, each of which has a different colour. Their function is to connect the physical body with the non-solid layers around us, also called the aura. The chakras are storehouses of our physical, mental and emotional state of health, and like all of the systems that make up our physical anatomy, they function better or worse depending on our state of health. In illustrations, chakras are depicted as circular, like moving wheels. ( See the page about massage therapy with the aura-soma colour system.) For clients who choose this type of massage therapy treatment, the first step is for them to choose the aura soma equilibrium bottle from the chakra set, that they are most drawn to. I then use some of its contents directly on the body during the treatment. After completing the massage, I dedicate time to allowing my hands to hover over each of the chakras in turn. The sensations that come from them inform me of their balance or imbalance, and I use a few drops from the equilibrium bottle to bring the chakra back into balance. The work is completed once the feeling in my hand over the chakra has changed to something more harmonious.
, they function better or worse depending on our state of health. In illustrations, chakras are depicted as circular, like moving wheels. ( See the page about massage therapy with the aura-soma colour system.) For clients who choose this type of massage therapy treatment, the first step is for them to choose the aura soma equilibrium bottle from the chakra set, that they are most drawn to. I then use some of its contents directly on the body during the treatment. After completing the massage, I dedicate time to allowing my hands to hover over each of the chakras in turn. The sensations that come from them inform me of their balance or imbalance, and I use a few drops from the equilibrium bottle to bring the chakra back into balance. The work is completed once the feeling in my hand over the chakra has changed to something more harmonious.
My follow up to this post will address our base or root chakra and its colour red.
I’m amazed about the new cream. I had rough and damaged hands after working with bleaches and other irritating products. However, the first time after using the aloe moisturising lotion I see a huge difference. I also applied the cream around my eyes because I have a problem with my skin after taking medicines; I have itchy eyes, as dry as paper. Now even after washing my face the skin under my eyes feels very moisturised, firm and bright.
I’m delighted to have been able to help two ladies who had a restriction of movement in their right shoulders so that everyday tasks were difficult. One lady is in her eighties, and the releasing of tight muscles around the shoulder joint and down her right side happened more slowly than for the other lady, who is in her fifties. The frequency of treatments played a part here too, in that the older lady could only come for treatment once a month, whereas the other patient had just two weeks between her first two treatments, and then came monthly after that. In total she needed four sessions before her full mobility was restored. she had had the problem for a long time, and it had been getting worse.
I feel very rewarded by being able to improve the quality of life by improving mobility.
It always gives me great pleasure to receive positive feedback from people who try out products in the Forever Living Products range. Sometimes I get feedback from animals too via their owners. With the owner’s permission I share this information about her dog Toby. He had been treated by a vet for an allergic reaction to flea bites, which cleared up the problem but his skin was still very dry and itchy. I recommended his owner to try out aloe veterinary spray, which she did. She used it every two -three days and after two weeks noticed a big difference in the condition of his coat, which was much more shiny and glossy. she met her vet while out on a walk with Toby and he noticed the difference too. According to his owner, Toby seemed to want to show off his coat -well, itchy skin isn’t a great mood booster, so I’m very happy for Toby.
Aromatherapy Massage skilfully performed can safely maintain the well-being of the expectant mother by addressing discomforts such as nausea, backache, swollen legs and ankles. The comfort of the pregnant client during the later months of pregnancy can be ensured by carrying out the treatment with the mother to be on her side with well-placed pillows to support her abdomen.
As with all treatments the knowledge of the masseur is key, both regarding when and where to apply pressure and which essential oils to use during earlier and later stages of pregnancy. As of course no two pregnant clients are the same, as with all massage treatments an individual consultation and approach is essential to achieve the best results.
The broader the masseur’s knowledge, the more benefits the client can receive.
The prospect of pain relief prompts many people to try out a massage treatment; and here, the masseur’s knowledge of trigger points and stretching techniques can enable her/him to work effectively on all the troublesome areas.
Relaxation is a well-known result of massage therapy treatments, and relaxation at the deepest level can be achieved if the masseur integrates energy balancing of the client’s energy centres, (chakras) into the work done on the physical body.
My massage treatments bring together both of these elements. Advice to the client on how to avoid aggravating muscular strain and pain can really help them to improve their wellbeing. It can be simple tips on sitting correctly in front of their computers, and, or some gentle stretching exercises.
I love helping people to feel better; that’s makes my massage therapy work greatly rewarding.
The physical and emotional benefits of massage have been well-documented. Massage treatments have been used to promote well-being for centuries. The special benefits that different massage treatments have to offer can make a great difference to our quality of life by improving painful muscular conditions and mobility whether these have been caused by injury, repetitive movements, poor posture or a stressful lifestyle. The emotional and psychological benefits are equally important.