Manual Therapy for the Body and the Mind

Root Chakra

Ayurvedic

  • First Chakra
  • Sanskrit name: Muladhara
  • Shown in red
  • Located at the base of the spine and the perineum
  • Physical and energetic foundation, the grounding connection to earth
  • Enables confidence and trust, vitality and security, when functioning well
  • Involved with excretion and sexual function
  • Where Kundalini energy rests
    • The instinctual, libidinal energy
    • Typically represented as a coiled snake
    • The symbol of the serpent spirit has long represented life, health, and renewal

Physiological

  • Coccygeal Plexus, between the L4 vertebra and the coccyx
  • This nerve bundle supplies most of the legs, pelvic floor and parts of the sexual organs
    • Sciatic nerve, emerging from L4 to S3, is the longest nerve in the body
      • Along with its branches, it provides sensory information and motor control to the feet, legs and hips
      • This nerve is a primary source of information from the ground to the brain
    • There is no commonly accepted endocrine structure in the area of the root chakra
    • The coccygeal body, a collection of blood vessels at the base of the spine, could be considered an endocrine gland
      • It physically resembles a gland, but as yet, there is no known hormone that it produces
    • Some claim the adrenals are associated with the root chakra, due to their connection with the “fight or flight” response to danger
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