Recently I have become more aware of our solar plexus through my giving of Counselling and Therapy and through my own personal development and having some massage.
Reading about the solar plexus it is almost an exact focus of what Counselling work tends to focus on. The quote below is from a site discussing the solar plexus. The full site is here
'The solar plexus chakra represents our identity, or how we see and feel about ourselves. It is where your self-esteem, inner power and sense of responsibility originates.
Problems with this chakra arise from fear of our own identity or losing our identity. For example, the need to excessively control others or ourselves, inability to take responsibility for ourselves or others, criticism and judgment, poor decision-making ability, fear of failure, or feeling invisible or overlooked by others.
The challenge of this chakra is to develop your inner power by being honest and at peace with yourself.'
In Chinese Medicine this area is also referred to as the 'lower dantian' and being 'like the root of the tree of life.'. See Wikipedia here.
I have found that massage in this area just below the rib cage can often bring physical and emotional release and greater sense of personal empowerment.
The following link gives some great ideas for solar plexus relief.
It would seem to me that the solar plexus therefore is almost a very central theme that is worked on within Counselling and Therapy sessions.
Through the Counselling process, developing a compassion for ourselves and slowly reaching out and balancing the solar plexus the individual becomes more empowered and mobilised. There are often themes of really outgrowing the past and realisations about the truth of a situation. The true self can suddenly break through like a becoming colour experience and people may say things like 'I will never let that happen again!' or may suddenly open up a new part of themselves which is truer and more real than what went before. It's like a new deeper self has been able to come through and get a grounding and stability and also a self respect and self love which wasn't there before. It is an exciting breakthrough.
When people have been abused or diminished in some way the experience can be particularly powerful. The term 'releasing of the warrior' can be used to describe this sudden breakthrough and new stance the person is taking of themselves and their lives, their new found self respect.