The definition of the word chakra is a spinning vortex of energy. It is a Sanskrit (ancient language) word that means wheel or disk like. Our chakas are energy centers in our bodies that are constantly receiving energy from our surroundings and environment.

Everything that has ever happened to us goes through our chakras as these energy centers send and receive energy.

Chakras are about the size of your fist and when balanced, should be spinning clockwise. It is important that our chakras are balanced as this provides better health and well being on all levels, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Chakras that are not balanced may create problems in many areas of your life. There are exercises and meditations that can help and having energy work can be very beneficial in creating and maintaining this balance. There are 7 major chakras, which correlate to the colors of the rainbow.

First chakra - root chakra and has to do with survival. It relates to insecurities, bladder and nervous disorders, sexual dysfunctions and skin problems.

Second chakra - sacral chakra located below the navel. Examples of dysfunctions would be colitis, PMS, kidney problems ovarian/uterine disorders, emotional issues.

Third chakra - solar plexus. Digestive and weight disorders would be a dysfunction, as well as power issues, gallbladder, fear and self-esteem problems.

Fourth chakra - heart center, is about giving and receiving love, compassion. Dysfunctions would include blood pressure, heart and lung problems, asthma and sleep disorders.

Fifth chakra - throat center, governs all aspects of communication. Problems in this chakra may include the thyroid, jaw, tonsils, or an inability to express oneself.

Sixth chakra - brow center, is also known as the “third eye”, our inner vision. An unbalanced brow chakra may show up as eyesight problems, headaches in the brow, glandular or endocrine issues or hormonal imbalances.

Seventh chakra, located at the crown or top of the head is about our purpose in life. Major depression, problems relating to the pineal gland, learning disorders, headaches and light-headedness are associated with imbalances within the crown chakra.

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Sue has always been a proponent of using natural methods whenever possible. So, when the opportunity became available to use natural therapeutic therapies to help individuals achieve a return to wholeness, she pursued this path and became certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner. Sue became involved with Healing Touch in 1998 and received her certification as a Healing Touch practitioner in 2002. She is also a Certified Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner, a Reiki Practitioner, and a Quantum Touch Practitioner. She also uses energy-based therapies for trauma release work with success. When working with Volunteers of America, Sue was able to provide sessions for disaster relief workers as well as members of the National Guard while they were dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in La.

She has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations, as well as presenting at state conferences. Sue has written articles on energy work for alternative and complementary newsletters and online publications. She has developed material and has been a trainer for education classes for child care. She has been able to integrate energy based therapies into local hospital’s operating and recovery rooms as well as providing these therapies to newborn babies at a local hospital.

As a volunteer at health fairs and cancer survivor retreats offering energy based therapies, Sue has gained experience in dealing with a variety of health challenges. Sue teaches Care for Self and Subtle Body Energy classes at a local career College and has helped conduct workshops with local hospitals and hospice for caregivers. She is in private practice in Louisiana.

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