Energy blocks in the body and mind can leave you feeling drained, tired and apathetic, but Marma therapy restores balance. An Ayurvedic mind and body treatment that works with the ‘marmas’ of the body – points where life force energy is concentrated – marma therapy is used to release blocked energy through the application of a variety of nourishing essential oils and herbal pastes. Because each individual has a different dosha profile – the ratio and balance (or imbalance) between the elemental energies in the body – marma therapies are tailored to the unique physical and mental condition of each individual.
When marma points throughout the body are opened through massage using Ayurvedic transdermal herbs and essential oils, the flow of energy through the muscles, joints and organs of the body is enhanced. Prana (referred to in Chinese herbal medicine as ‘chi’) is the life force that permeates every individual’s being, body and mind. This life force moves along nadis, channels between different parts of the body. Marma assists the smooth flow of energy along nadis.
Here are the benefits of marma therapy, which can be taken as part of panchakarma therapies or as part of a maintenance plan for continued physical and mental wellbeing:
- Balances the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha)
- Eases and improves digestion
- Promotes increased energy
- Eases structural problems such as muscle and joint pain and arthritis
- Relieves nerve pain
- Promotes deep relaxation and mental acuity