Marma is a Sanskrit word meaning hidden or secret and are the points of the vital life force (prana). 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. When imbalances block the movement of free-flowing energy in the body, the resulting stagnation leads to physical and mental discomfort and disease.
The secret power of these energy centers is that when stimulated, they release a steady stream of prana to restore balance in the body. Ayurveda says that in order to be healthy in this life, we must allow vital energy or prana to flow smoothly. If we are in imbalance and get carried away by thoughts or attitudes that are detrimental to our lives, this energy is blocked and the prana cannot flow properly, therefore the body does not function harmoniously.
When we touch Marma points we stimulate the body’s biochemistry to produce exactly what the body needs, including neurochemicals and hormones that heal the body, mind and consciousness. It is a gentle stimulation of specific energy points through whole body massage with natural oils. This is not a standard massage in the sense of muscle manipulation, but is a conscious, systematic stimulation of those points that the practitioner deems necessary.
In some cases, therapist will use a Kansa Wand for marma therapy, which balances pH, detoxifies, and freshens the skin.
Benefits of Marma therapy includes tissue regeneration, improving lymph, encouraging good sleep, opening of energy blockages and benefits of traditional massage.
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