The Ultimate Guide to Sacral Chakra Healing For Complete Beginners

September 9th, 2023

By Aletheia Luna

Guest writer for Wake Up World

When was the last time you felt emotionally grounded, creative, sexually desirable, energetic, and bursting with passion for life?

This vivacity you felt was likely when your sacral chakra was in complete harmonious balance. People with balanced sacral chakras radiate warmth, playfulness, and good humor.

Unfortunately, many experiences in life can lead to blocked sacral chakras. If you’ve experienced body shame, a strict or authoritarian upbringing, sexual abuse or dysfunction, toxic relationships, religious indoctrination, or critical forms of social conditioning that have limited the flow of your life force energy, you likely have an impaired sacral chakra.

I’ll explore with you how to undergo sacral chakra healing in this article.

(You can also check out our Grounding & Cleansing Chakra Bundle if you’d like to work with the sacral chakra more deeply after reading this guide.)

What is the Sacral Chakra?

The sacral chakra, or Svadhisthana, is the center of our emotional, creative, and sexual energy. Located three inches below your belly button above our genitals, the sacral chakra is associated with the color orange, and it regulates the energy associated with passion, pleasure, and sensuality.

When the sacral chakra is imbalanced due to traumatic early and adult life experiences, we experience a multitude of physical, emotional, psychological, and interpersonal issues.

What is Sacral Chakra Healing?Svadhisthana sacral chakra symbol image

Sacral Chakra healing is the practice of opening, clearing, cleansing, supporting and strengthening the sacral chakra within our bodies. Sacral Chakra healing involves using a number of holistic remedies such as aromatherapy, sound, crystal, and movement therapy to re-establish harmony within the body-mind organism.

12 Signs of an Unhealthy Sacral Chakra

The best way to tell whether you need to undergo sacral chakra healing is to pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, actions and physical sensations within your body.

Here are some signs to look out for:

  • You’re addicted to anything that brings pleasure such as food, gambling, sex, work, alcohol, drugs, compulsive buying, etc.
  • You feel emotionally numb or cold, and you find it hard to feel very much of any kind of emotion
  • You’re sexually frigid, and you have a low to non-existent libido, OR …
  • You’re sexually impulsive, and your libido tends to be in overdrive
  • You’re neurotic, and you can’t handle spontaneity or uncertainty
  • You’ve got reproductive problems such as infertility, impotence or menstrual issues
  • You’re constantly fatigued, and you have little energy for anything
  • You feel inhibited and repressed from expressing your true feelings and desires, OR …
  • You’re extremely emotionally reactive, and you’re a drama junkie
  • You’re emotionally hypersensitive OR emotionally aloof
  • You’re creatively blocked, and you tend to overthink everything
  • You have lower back, kidney or stomach disorders

How many of these signs can you relate to in this list?

Do You Have a Deficient or Excessive Sacral Chakra?

Did you know that there are actually two types of chakra imbalances?

While a deficient sacral chakra is passive or energetically “numb,” an excessive sacral chakra is energetically aggressive or manic.

Here’s a breakdown of the difference between the two:

Deficient = lifeless, sluggish, passive, blocked, inwards (not enough energy flows in)
Excessive = lively, agitated, reactive, aggressive, outwards (too much energy flows in)

Therefore, if you have a deficient sacral chakra, you will be more prone to issues such as detachment, emotional coldness, and sexual frigidity. On the other hand, if you have an excessive sacral chakra you will be prone to codependency, emotional explosiveness, and sexual addiction.

The question is, what type of imbalance do you have? It’s also possible to fall somewhere in the middle.

16 Sacral Chakra Healing Practices

Sacral chakra healing image

So what does a healthy and balanced sacral chakra look and feel like?

When you have a clear, strong and harmonious sacral chakra, you will firstly feel comfortable in your skin. You will no longer struggle with sexual guilt or indulgence, but you’ll come to honor your sacred sexuality and enjoy it in a balanced way. Not only will you enjoy the pleasures of life, but you will be open to experiencing life and your passion for it. You’ll be both emotionally open but also emotionally grounded with healthy boundaries. Not only that, but you’ll get back your creative flow once again, and you’ll enjoy the spontaneity of life.

Here are some of the best sacral chakra healing practices out there that I have personally experimented with:

1. Practice emotional catharsis

Best suited to: deficient sacral chakra blockages

Open the “frozen” energy channels within yourself by purging your emotions through catharsis. Try jumping, screaming, laughing, crying, or other physical forms of catharsis that release built up emotions.

2. Explore creative self-expression

Best suited to: deficient and excessive sacral chakra blockages

Pick an activity that you’re interested in such as sculpting, drawing, photography, quilting, jewelry making or cooking, and give it a go! Remember, art takes time, dedication, and practice. Don’t expect to be perfect at what you choose immediately! Think of what you would like to mentally or emotionally express, and paint, weave, build, tie or photograph those inner desires.

3. Identify your sexual blockages

Best suited to: deficient sacral chakra blockages

What beliefs, ideals, and prejudices towards sexuality were you taught as a child? You might like to write these blockages down or speak about them with a good friend or counselor. Once you identify these blockages, you can then proceed to deconstruct them.

4. Meditate with and carry crystals

Best suited to: deficient and excessive blockages

Use sacral chakra crystals such as carnelianorange calcitejasper, and moonstone. My favorite sacral chakra crystal is amber, which you can buy here. 

5. Become mindful of your emotional triggers

Best suited to: excessive blockages

Explosions of emotion can be balanced by becoming more mindful through exercises of your emotional triggers. For example, if you discover that your fists start to clench when you get angry, slowly uncurl them and breathe deeply. If your blood temperature rises around a certain topic, become aware and present with that emotion.

6. Increase your intake of ginger

Best suited to: deficient blockages

Ginger is a warming and stimulating herb that is terrific for the sacral chakra. Try cooking more with ginger, using ginger oil, or drinking a ginger tea infusion. I recommend this 100% organic ginger infusion from Buddha Teas.

7. Explore the root of your addictions

Best suited to: deficient and excessive blockages

Addictions are a way for us to cope with our reality and fill empty holes in our lives. In a journal or with a friend or therapist, explore why you are addicted to something. Ask questions such as “What place was I at in my life when I started getting addicted to this?” “What do I feel this addiction brings me?” “What is this addiction trying to hide about who I believe I am?” If you’re suffering from a serious addiction, make sure you schedule an appointment with an addiction specialist.

8. Practice self-care towards your body

Best suited to: deficient and excessive blockages

Explore empowering spiritual resources such as books, workshops, and guided meditations that will help you to accept your body type and other physical quirks. Stop apologizing for how you look and start embracing your unique body and its needs. Join online or real life groups that help you to love your body. Find out what eating plan suits you the best, and cut out processed foods. For the sacral chakra, try eating fruit and vegetables such as coconuts, oranges, apricots, almonds, sweet potatoes, carrots, mangos, passionfruit, and papaya.


9. Try color therapy

Best suited to: deficient and excessive sacral chakra blockages

Introduce the colors orange, peach and apricot into your life as the color of the sacral chakra is orange. For example, wear orange clothing, surround yourself with orange objects, and creatively express yourself in the color orange.

10. Do a sacral chakra visualization

Best suited to: deficient and excessive sacral chakra blockages

Imagine a throbbing or swirling ball of luminescent orange light three inches below your bellybutton. Feel the ball of orange energy dissolving all blockages or aggressive flows of energy within you.

11. Do something spontaneous

Best suited to: deficient sacral chakra blockages

Give yourself the permission to do something that you wouldn’t usually do. Break the cycle of rigid and uncreative living! For example, watch a movie you’d never watch, travel to a place you’d never thought possible, take up a wacky new craft, you name it!

12. Get sexually creative

Best suited to: deficient sacral chakra blockages

If you have a partner, explore different creative forms of sexuality. For example, discover what fetishes or sexual positions you’d both like to try out together to spice up the bedroom. If you’re single, explore different creative forms of self-pleasure. If blockages such as guilt or shame arise, question them.

13. Cleanse the sacral chakra with aromatherapy oils

Best suited to: deficient and excessive sacral chakra blockages

Use oils such as gingerorangejasminenerolirosewood, and bergamot.

14. Clear blocks with yoga

Best suited to: deficient and excessive blockages

Yoga is an amazing way to open up blocked constrictions of energy in the body. Try the cobra, butterfly, camel, goddess, reverse warrior, and pigeon poses.

15. Say daily affirmations

Best suited to: deficient and excessive sacral chakra blockages.

What you think is what you manifest. Support your sacral chakra healing by repeating the following affirmations with sincerity and open-heartedness, “I allow myself to feel my emotions,” “I create healthy boundaries,” “I embrace my inner passion,” “I value and respect my body,” “My sexuality is sacred,” “I release my inner emotions creatively.”

16. Chant “Vam” to yourself

Best suited to: deficient and excessive blockages

This sound matches the vibration of the sacral chakra. Try drawing out the letters into sounds, such as “vaaaaaammmmmmmmm.” You might also like to listen to binaural beats (a form of music healing therapy) which helps to activate and clear all the chakras through alternating sound waves. Try these chakra healing songs.

You can also try to incorporate more humor into your life. Try watching funny movies or surrounding yourself with lighthearted people who are in touch with the sacral chakra. You might also like to explore belly dancing which is a wonderful stimulator of the sacral chakra.

Final Advice

After reading all this information, you might be wondering what you should do next.

I recommend picking a handful of activities from the list above that you’re naturally drawn to. Make sure you identify whether you have a deficient or excessive chakra blockage (or a mixture), and choose accordingly. Experiment with each healing modality for a couple of weeks and observe how you feel.

Tell me, do you have any other sacral chakra healing tips? Please share below!

About the author:

Aletheia Luna is a prolific psychospiritual writer, author, and spiritual mentor whose work has touched the lives of millions worldwide. As a survivor of fundamentalist religious abuse, her mission is to help others find love, strength, and inner light in even the darkest places. She is the author of hundreds of popular articles, as well as numerous books and journals on the topics of Self-LoveSpiritual Awakening, and more. See more of her work at

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