An Overview on Marma:
The ancient science of Marma has been handed down to us through centuries as a part of Ayurvedic practices.
Marma are vital points on the body along the subtle channels called Nadis similar to meridians in the Chinese system of medicine. That carry ‘Prana’ the vital life force energy. Just as in the physical body when passageways become blocked by toxins, the tiniest of mental distress can cloud or obstruct these points, reducing the flow of energy.
A gentle touch on these marmas releases the blocks and allows prana or life energy to flow to the connecting organs or tissues giving them a new lease of life.
The Marma technique is potentially the most restorative of the Ayurvedic treatments as it harmonizes the body’s built-in energy network. This is widely popular as a procedure to restore /maintain health. Simple and effective, with a minimum of equipment, it can be practised in a closed room that is suitable for the individual to lie down and relax.
Our signature therapy - Marma
Marmas are points in the body where matter, mind, and consciousness meet. These vital points are responsible for the circulation of energy, intelligence, and prana, the life force. Marmas are the forerunners of acupressure and acupuncture, coming from ancient Vedic traditions.
An ancient technique of healing from Vedic traditions, Marma is a very gentle form of bodywork that enhances the free flow of prana (life force) by releasing these blocks and revitalizing the entire system.
Blocks that are formed in the Nadis due to emotions and subtle feelings are the cause of many diseases. Marma is a technique in which simple touch or a light massage on vital points of the body, ‘the Marma points’, are used to balance the life force (prana).
Marma works on the subtle energy points by opening up the energy channels, which in turn works on many levels of the physical, mental and subtle body. It opens up the energy channels, re-establishes the flow of energy and enhances vitality. It releases stress and is used as a curative measure by vaidyas reversing towards good health and is highly beneficial in the healthy to re-energize and provide a proper flow of energy within the body.
There are 107 main energy points in the body. Each relates to a different organ or tissue. By gently touching, pressing or massaging these sites, prana is stimulated, clearing stress and blocks in the body. The unique aspect of this technique is that it transcends physical and mental levels rectifying defective energy channels and establishes a smooth flow of prana.
Sri Sri Marma helps enhance the immune system and impart longevity, by ensuring the proper balance and flow of hormones, fluids, immune factors etc. Marma supports healing of many diseases. It is also useful as a technique that brings mental tranquillity.
Benefits of Marma
- Removes blocks in energy channels called nadis, thus healing the subtle and physical body.
- Pacifies Vata dosha, (air and space elements), bringing it to its normal path — especially vyana vata, (a sub-dosha which controls the autonomic nervous system.)
- Brings harmony among physical, mental and emotional aspects by removing deep-seatezd trauma. (At marma sites toxins, stress and negative emotions get lodged and are held sometimes for years.)
- Brings about the transformation at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The prana flow once established, can control our sensory & motor organs, and eventually the entire mind-body complex.
In all, 107 marma points cover the human body. They range in size from one to six inches in diameter. The points were mapped out in detail centuries ago in the Sushruta Samhita, a classic Ayurvedic text. Major marma points correspond to the seven chakras, or energy centres of the body, while minor points radiate out along the torso and limbs. The points cover both the front and back of the body, including 22 on the lower extremities, 22 on the arms, 12 on the chest and stomach, 14 on the back, and 37 on the head and neck. Each has its own Sanskrit name given by Sushruta, one of the founding fathers of Ayurvedic medicine.
The mind is considered as the 108th marma.