The Marmas are a very important part of the anatomy and surgery Ayurveda. A Marma point is defined as an anatomical site in which muscles, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet. By definition, a Marma point is a point of the body in which two or more types of tissue meet. There are 107 Marma points throughout the body. Each point has its own intelligence and consciousness, which coordinates the mind and body. This ancient form of treatment dating back between the 1500 – 1200 BC involves the use of fingers to stimulate the Marma points thereby promoting the physical and mental rehabilitation. As with acupuncture, these points correspond to the internal organs and body systems that respond to manual stimulation.
What are the Marma points?
The Marma points are some vital areas of the body. The word comes from the Sanskrit Marma “mru” the “marr”. “Marayate Iti marmani,” means there is a risk of death or of serious damage to health after inflicting a shot at these points. Marma also means hidden or secret.
This balancing treatment focused on releasing energy blocks in the body and mind. Using essential oils or and transdermal herbal pastes, Marma points are gently massaged to balance the flow of energy. Marma therapy is tailored to your individual dosha balancing needs.
Prana is simply the vibrational electromagnetic energy of nature. Prana is what sustains us. There is nothing mystical about this energy. We see it all around us.
For example: Compare a carrot from a bag in the freezer or one from a can, to the fresh organic carrot just picked from the garden. The carrot from the garden has more Prana; it has more life energy in it.
Every wonder why a home cooked meal always feels so much better than fast food? Think about how much Prana was in that meal lovingly prepared at home.
So, Prana is that life force, as the Chinese refer to it, chi. It is in our food, it is in the air we breathe. It is in our body and mind.
Prana moves along channels called nadis and the points on these nadis are called Marmas. So, nadis are the string, and Marmas are the pearls of the necklace. A Marma is a point of concentrated Prana where anatomical structures (muscle, bone, tendon, vessels, ligament, and joints) are also present.
Through gently working on Marma points, Prana is treated, as opposed to simply working on physical tissues.
Therapeutic Purposes: The primary purpose is to promote the flow of Prana in the body-mind.
Marma points are switches that when opened up, allow for the increased flow of energy.
Through the gentle application of transdermal herbs, essential oils and light touch, the Marma points are awakened. One feels an abiding connection in rejuvenating stillness. Marma therapy balances the flow of energy through the muscles, joints and organs of the body.
Experience: Marma therapy is an important tool for preventing and treating imbalances in Ayurveda. Treatment is based according to the unique needs of the client. Marma therapy balances the dosha, increase digestive fire, detoxification, reducing ama, promote energy and rejuvenation.
It can be part of Panch karma a single or combination treatment, and also part of our daily wellness plan.
Therapeutic touch is used to treat Marma points. While lying on the massage table, or sitting in a comfortable chair, very gently pressure, like acupressure, is used on the Marma points.
Massaging Marma points is most often done in conjunction with a partial or full abhyanga, Ayurvedic massage.
Essential oils and/or transdermal herbalized oils are the main methods for treating the Marma points. Essential oils are highly effective in altering our energy. Marmas are anointed with organic therapeutic grade aromatic oils, oils being specific to each location and condition. Marmas, being concentrated centers of energy, essential oils can penetrate easily and deeply, affecting the entire body.
Similarly, transdermal herbs are very effective.
- Balances doshas
- Increases digestive fire, improving digestion
- Reduces ama (toxins)
- Promotes energy
- Particularly good for structure problems and arthritis
- Relieves nerve pain
- Promotes deep relaxation