Marma cHIKITSā - mARMA pOINT thERAPY
Marma point therapy (or marma chikitsā) is an ancient Ayurvedic treatment that works with the energy points on the body to release tension, reduce pain, detoxify the body, enhance awareness, promote health, rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit, and unfold emotional stagnation.
Marmāni are vital energy points located on the surface of the skin. They are a pathway to the body's great innate intelligence and are imbued with consciousness and prana (the life-force energy of the body). Marmāni have a broad range of functions. They facilitate cellular communication, serve as diagnostic indicators, and have unlimited therapeutic applications.
According to Dr. Vasant Lad: "Certain marma therapies can not only enhance thinking, feeling, and perception, they also have the potential to evoke a state of choiceless, passive awareness and transform it into a transcendental state of samādhi (the highest state of meditative awareness). Thus, the total healing of body, mind, and spirit can happen through marma chikitsā."
What to expect during your Treatment
A treatment will consist of working specifically with the marma points on the body, with focus on the marmāni that correspond to any physical and/or emotional imbalance that you may be experiencing. The points will be worked on using a variety of tools and techniques, including: applied pressure, application of specifically prescribed herbal pastes and oils, sound vibration using a tuning fork, crystal therapy, and moxabustion (applied heat therapy). One or all of these tools can be used depending on what is most suitable for you.
A marma point treatment can either be integrated into your massage session or performed on its own. Either way, some massage technique will be integrated into the treatment in order to warm up the tissue and stimulate circulation to the marmāni. The session will typically be performed while lying on a padded floor mat, though can also be done on the table if requested.
This is a powerful treatment that has the potential to awaken deeply stored emotions that have been residing in the body. It is not rare to experience release of these emotions while receiving this work. It is also advised to drink lots of water after a session to flush out any toxins that may have been released during your treatment.