Chakra Basti - Ayurvedic Treatment
Chakra Basti, also called nabhi Basti (navel Basti), is a treatment that is applied to and focuses on the umbilical region. The region is considered a Nabhi marma in Ayurveda. A Marma area or point is an anatomical location where arteries, tendons, flesh, veins, bones and joints meet to form an anatomical structure. The Nabhi marma or naval is the vital centre where 72,000 nadis (the subtle energy pathways) converge.
The treatment involves bathing the naval region with warm medicated oil or herbal decoction. This treatment supports the navel which is a major marma point connecting the thousands of vibrational channels of the body (nadis) which carry prana or life energy. It is also the seat of the 3rd chakra that influences willpower and individual ego. On the physical level, the treatment helps to reduce digestive and elimination problems. In this deeply profound treatment, one lays comfortably on a massage table while the therapists create a container made of dough that is placed over the navel. The container which has an open bottom is then filled with warm herbalized oil. The oil pulls out negative energy and physical toxins and balances all of the doshas. It is very soothing to the entire physiology while it opens and also balances the third chakra.
The benefits of Chakra Basti are both physical and subtle. Chakra Basti strengthens the solar plexus and relieves digestive disorders, it is known to benefit indigestion and provides relief for constipation.