Marma therapy, or Marma massage, is a technique that comes from Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India, which today is still practiced. Marma in Sanskrit means secret. This word refers to the points of union that exist in the organism and that link the five organic principles: ligaments, vessels, muscles, bones and joints.
Ayurveda describes the Marmas as the points where there is the greatest concentration of the organizing intelligence of the body. 107 are identified, including the 7 Maha Marmas called Chakras. The disorder of these points causes an increase of the humor and the blockade of nadis. This can result in pain, loss of limb, loss of blood, shortness of breath, collapse and even death.
The specific Marmas massage is used to treat specific problems more quickly and effectively. Knowledge about Marmas, the use of herbs and medicated oils make Ayurvedic massage a profound technique to balance the subtle energy of mind and body. Each Marma must be pressured with the appropriate direction and technique to achieve its maximum effect.
Marma therapy is base on the stimulation and care of the Marmas, connecting nucleus between the channels through which our energy flows. They are very delicate points, in which the veins, ligaments, bones, muscles and joints are unite. Then, this points produce the communication between the anatomy, the physiology, the energy and the nervous system of our body.
The Marmas correspond to 107 vital points that are locate in our body. These vital points are distribute as follows:
- 22 points on lower limbs.
- 22 points on upper limbs.
- 12 in the chest and abdomen.
- 14 in the back.
- 37 in the neck and head area.
Seven of them are master points, locate on the back, torso, stomach, neck, head, face and limbs (arms and legs).
Benefits of Marma Therapy
With this technique we can alleviate discomfort or health disorders. Also, we can help improve the functioning of our body, favoring our physical appearance. However, with the Marmaterapia we can get other great benefits like:
-Balance the 7 body tissues: plasma, blood, muscles, fat, bones, marrow and semen.
-Stimulate the immune system, strengthening our defenses.
-A rejuvenating effect.
-To favor the digestive processes.
-Lubricate the joints.
-Reduce physical and mental fatigue.
-Relieve stress and emotional depression.
-Balancing emotional disorders.
-Work nerve disorders.
How is a Marma Therapy Treatment?
Marma therapy is a treatment that is execute through special massages, with specific oils for each case and each patient. Also, this depend on their biological mood and the results that they want to obtain.
These are vigorous, full-body massages through kneading, puncturing and friction techniques. So, the Massages can be performe with both the hands and feet of the therapist, place in specific positions.
So, in the stimulation of the marma points, each point must be treat by exerting a determine pressure, in a specific direction and with the appropriate force and technique to be really effective. Also, the oils use are usually warm, always organic and chosen base on their different properties. So, some of the most use are mustard, sesame, coconut or almond oils.
By absorbing our skin oils, its active ingredients exert their effect on our body, forming an essential part of therapy, balancing the body’s energy system, and avoiding energy blockages.
Basic Objectives of Marma Therapy
1- Unblock the energy channels blocked by stress.
2- Return the normal function to the vata dosha.
3- Create physical, mental and emotional flexibility. Humans after 30, 35, 40 years become rigid, by accumulated toxins (ama) and by vata (air element), this happens with animals and plants as well. So, Vata increases in the body through the years so one experiences degeneration. Then, this rigidity translates to fixation of ideas, emotions and movements in the body.
4- Bring the opportunity to experience a powerful and dynamic transformation in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Physical, mental and spiritual integration is vital to our evolution.
The Marma therapy is applie with a series of special massages and natural oils that adapt to the problematic of each patient. It has many positive effects. Also, this massage can stimulate the immune system, improving the body’s natural defenses, helping respiratory system, etc.
So, now you know what to do, the next time you feel down or have a lot of stress. Also, we recommend going to an Ayurvedic retreat, where in addition to learning everything about this ancient medicine, you can renew yourself physically and mentally.
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