Ayurveda has given the world the easiest yet the most effective ways to stay healthy and nourished. Marma therapy is one of those approaches. It’s a practice older than acupuncture. It involves lightly stimulating the marma points to protect the srotas or sensitive energy channels from any injuries. Read further to know what is Marma therapy, how it helps and if its consciousness-altering.
What Is Marma Therapy?
Marma is a Sanskrit word meaning hidden. It refers to several points in the body where two or more types of tissues meet. The marma points are vulnerable and cause death when wrongly administered. Marma therapy is a process of rubbing and applying pressure to these marma points that uplift you spiritually, initiate healing and provide an absolute cure.
Can It Alter Consciousness?
Marma therapy is the original system of healing that manipulates prana, sensory or motor organs along with the mind-body complex so you brim with creative energy. It grants you with a renewed energy stimulating vibrational energy that reaches out to even the subtle body.
In Ayurveda, there are 107 marma points in the body used for healing in Marma therapy. These points or the doorways to your consciousness and body are mapped out in Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. It says that the primary marma points have a connection to the seven Chakras in the body. The secondary points, however, spread out to the upper and lower body. The marma points include:
- 22 on the lower extremities
- 22 on the arms
- 12 on the chest and stomach
- 14 on the back
- 37 on the head and neck
- Mind is the 108th marma point
However, some of the important ones are –
Stanya Mula Marma:
It’s located at the root of the breast, one finger’s width to the right and left of the midline. It decreases congestion, changes in the breasts during the menstrual cycle, swollen breasts, cysts, and pain.
The Kurchashira marma point is located at the center where the palm and wrist join. It supports digestive as well as the reproductive system.
Adipati marma point is on the top of the head, where monks leave a tuft of hair. The parietal emissary veins run underneath Adipati marma. It improves memory.
Applying pressure to this marma point in your feet can cure cervical, leg and knee pain. It’s one of the most delicate points that work in a combination of massage as well as marma chikitsa.
Marma Chikitsa Benefits
1. It Relieves Pain.
Marma massage releases muscle stiffness and blockages in the nerves that might cause pain.
2. It Improves Digestive Functioning.
Marma Chikitsa detoxifies the whole body. It removes ama or toxins and ignites the digestive fire.
3. It’s Dosha Balancing.
Marma treatment is beneficial as it pacifies Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The disturbance in either of the Doshas can lead to chronic ailments.
4. It Beats Insomnia.
What is marma therapy’s role in sleep? Marma massage helps in releasing serotonin which induces sleep and reduces stress.
5. It Provides Ultimate Radiance.
Marma Chikitsa detoxifies the whole body leaving your skin radiant and clear. Marma massage conducted with herbal oils moisturizes the skin for a natural shine. However, the choice of oil depends upon the type of ailment or the marma point to be targeted.
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