They correlate with Traditional Chinese Medicine Meridian points along the spine (front and back) and channel Qi or Prana energy in and out of them.
Of the seven main chakras on our bodies, the Heart Chakra sits in the middle - the pivot point of the chakra system. It sits in the middle of our chest and runs through the back between our shoulder blades. It oscillates clockwise for females and anti clockwise for men. It is associated with the colour green (and pink) and vibrates to the harmonic note F.
On an emotional level the heart chakra is about how we give and receive love and about forgiveness and compassion, joy, laughter, openness, sensitivity and sharing.
Experiencing emotions such as fear, pain, rejection or loss may shut down this chakra and life can feel dull, we may become sad, judgmental, self attacking, possessive, distrusting and defensive.
When the heart chakra is affected we may also try to receive praise any way we can and try and help people whenever we can just for acknowledgement. This is not unconditional love and may often stem from a belief that we are not good enough.
Physically chakras influence the nerves, organs, glands, hormones and the local area around the chakra. If there is prolonged imbalance in a particular chakra, it may eventually crystallise in the physical body as disease.
The heart chakra governs the heart, lungs, breasts and thymus and balances the immune system. When unbalanced we see diseases such as coronary heart disease, arrythmias, asthma, chronic bronchitis, breast cancer, and a weak immune system.
When the heart chakra is balanced we can handle the stresses life brings.
There are many ways to balance the chakras - in a kinesiology session I may use energetic healing techniques such as Reiki and palming, crystals, essences, essential oils and TCM acupressure points, breathing and colour visualisations.
Uncovering limiting beliefs and patterns from past traumas and events is also very useful for balancing the Heart Chakra.