WHAT IS MARMA THERAPY?
Marma Therapy is an integral part of Ayurveda. The word "Marma" is derived from Sanskrit and it means ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’ points. As per Ayurveda, these points are located on the body where multiple types of tissues meet such as muscles, veins, ligaments, joints etc.
Marma Therapy involves the application of pressure at certain points on the body that stimulates healing and has preventive and curative properties. The word Marma is of Sanskrit origin ‘Mrin Maranae’. The Sanskrit phrase, “mriyatae asmin iti marma” means ‘there is likelihood of death or serious damage to health when these points are inflicted. Hence, these areas are called marma. Marma in Sanskrit also means hidden or secret. By definition, a Marma point is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints. They are located all over the body including the hands & feet, back & neck and face – along meridians, which are pathways of pranic energy flow through our bodies starting at the crown chakra (top of head).
MARMA THERAPY IN AYURVEDA
Marma therapy is an ancient Indian healing art that manipulates the body’s energy points for therapeutic benefit. By balancing and stimulating these marma points, practitioners believe that their clients can achieve a high level of health and well-being.
The seven chakras, or energy centers of the body, are represented by the major marma points, while the minor points extend outward throughout the torso and limbs. The diameter of these points varies from one to six inches. A classic Ayurvedic studies called the "Sushruta Samhita" outlines the topics in great detail.
HOW MANY MARMA POINTS ARE THERE AROUND THE BODY?
Marma therapy utilizes 107 points or “doorways” into the body and consciousness. The mind is considered as the 108th marma.
The points span both the body’s front and back, with
- 12 on the chest and stomach,
- 14 on the back, and
- 37 on the head and neck
- 22 on the lower extremities,
- 22 on the arms,
- and 22 on the arms and lower extremities
HOW IS MARMA THERAPY DONE?
Through massage triggering the marma points with very gentle stimulation is done during a Marma therapy. It releases barriers from these points, bringing about strength and calm on a physical and mental level. This is powerful process is known as srothas - using these delicate and subtle energy points to open the body's energy pathways.
Marma points results a series of therapeutic sensation when they are gently pressed on the skin that radiates throughout the body.
IS MARMA THERAPY GOOD FOR YOU?
Marma treatment modalities have a tremendous effect on the body and operate on many levels, including the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
- treatment for both chronic and acute pain
- cleansing on all levels.
- a notable improvement in the body's organs and systems, particularly the immune, digestive, respiratory, neurological, and psychological systems
- having glowing skin and its healthier appearance
- balances the doshas and the body's temperature
- improves cognitive performance
- induces deeper sleep by releasing neurochemicals including serotonin and melatonin.
Over centuries, the practice of Ayurvedic wellness has proven to result in a more rejuvenated body, mind and spirit, thus nurturing mindfulness and stronger immunity.
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This blog is written by Nadjerah Barua.