What are Marma Treatments?
Marma treatments are part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Ayurveda is known as the “science of yoga.” During Marma Treatments the practitioner works with vital energy points on the skin where blood vessels and nerves intersect, affecting the health of the skin, bones, joints, nerves and internal organs. Marmas are 107 divine, sacred energy points where the physical (anatomical) and subtle energy body meets. The leading authority on Ayurveda, Dr. Vasant Lad says that massaging the marma points “activates the body’s inner pharmacy, changing the biochemistry, and can unfold radical, alchemical change in one’s makeup.”
Marma therapy originated through “Kalaripayattu” (Kalari), a martial arts tradition in South India. Marma was used in Kalari to injure and hurt opponents when warriors were defending kingdoms. However, it was also used to heal a person through touch. The topic of marma points is also part of Ayurveda (the science of yoga). Some of the great, sacred texts of Ayurveda, such as the Sushruta Samhita discuss and explore Marma points. Dr. Mark Halpern with the Ayurveda College sums up Marma Treatments in one simple principle, “Where a strong blow can cause injury, a mild touch can cause healing.” Marma points are one of the original healing systems of the body. Treatments can be individual or it can be the perfect compliment to a yoga session or Thai Yoga Bodywork Massage.
Benefits of Marma Treatments:
- Nourishes the body
- Improves quality of sleep and rest
- Improves physical stability
- Cleanses any blocked energy from joints and tissues
- Supports organs’ functions
- Strengthens and rejuvenates tissues
- Helps remove excess toxins (Ama) in tissues
- Improves lymphatic system
- Helps prana/chi (life force) flow through energy channels in the body
- Balances the doshas
Marma Treatment sessions are wonderful for the following conditions and ailments:
Insomnia / difficulty relaxing
Lack of energy
Lack of circulation or blood flow
Back and neck pain
What can I expect during a Marma Treatment session?
- All clients remain clothed during Marma Treatments. Wear comfortable clothes.
- Essential oils may be used, such as sesame, lavender, rose or other Ayurvedic oils for aromatherapy purposes, depending on client’s preferences.
- The session will take place on a soft floor mat.
- We provide several pillows, blankets and eye pillows for your comfort.
- The session begins with a client consultation, where any issues, injuries or concerns can be shared before the treatment begins.
- Clients may customize their treatment based on various areas of focus.
- Additional healing techniques, such as aromatherapy, Thai Yoga Massage, crystal therapy and healing music may also be used, depending on the goals for the treatment.
- After the session ends, clients will have time to rest, take a short shower and drink tea, water or juice.