Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body, and the human mind is part of the cosmic mind, and the atom and the universe are exactly the same thing, but with different form, and the more we are in touch with this deeper reality, from where everything comes, the more we will be able to heal ourselves and at the same time heal our planet.
Marma therapy is the original point system of healing in the body. There are 107 marma points in the entire human body, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, and three “mahamarmas” that are located in the head, heart and pelvis area. Mahamarmas are the main energy centers processing thoughts, feelings and deeper emotions.
Marma vital points are similar to acupuncture or acupressure points and they are access points for subtle energy channels (prana) to body, mind and consciousness. They are used for releasing stagnant energy and stimulate internal organs, hormones, fluids & gaseous circulation in the body.
Physically these points represent junctions where lymphatic system, blood circulation and joints meet in the body. During the massage great focus is given to the stimulation of Marmas for the purposes of releasing energy blockings and supporting the body’s own healing capabilities.
The knowledge of Marma allows the practitioner to influence the flow of prana through both the gross and subtle bodies for the purposes of restoring health and peace of mind. Throughout life the body is exposed to physical and emotional stress that accumulates in the Marma points and it is vital to have a healthy flow of body fluids and keep the body free from toxins.
Among the many benefits of a Marmabhyanga treatments we find:
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- Deep pain relief both locally and distally.
- Migraine, headache relief.
- Clearing of toxins on all levels (body/mind).
- Improved digestion and absorption.
- Improved function of the organs.
- Healthier skin.
- Balances body temperature and can balance the “doshas” or vitiations of the elements that make up one’s own personal constitution.
- Increased immunity.
- Releases neuro-chemicals such as serotonin, melatonin for improved cognitive function and deeper sleep.
- It can bring about a change of perception. Marma can actually alter consciousness, and change one’s awareness. From that place a person can move forward with self care, creativity, and renewed energy.
The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to stress, accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.
Abhyanga massage is excellent for overall health and wellbeing, helps to reduce anxiety and calm the nerves, improves and deepens sleep, helps increase circulation, improves mental alertness, nourishes the skin and tissues, and allows toxins to be released from the body. A healthy oil used in the massage lubricates the joints, tones skin, and makes it really soft and nourished. Abhyaṅga is the anointing of the body with oil. Often medicated and usually warm, the oil is massaged into the entire body before bathing. It can be beneficial for maintaining health and used as a medicine for certain disorders.
Among the many benefits an Abhyanga massage
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- Produces softness, strength and color to the body
- Decreases the effects of aging
- Bestows good vision
- Nourishes the body
- Increases longevity
- Benefits sleep patterns
- Benefits skin
- Strengthens the body’s tolerance
- Imparts a firmness to the limbs
- Imparts tone and vigor to the dhātus (tissues) of the body
- Stimulates the internal organs of the body, increasing circulation
- Pacifies Vāta and Pitta and Harmonizes Pitta
Prakruti — or your individual’s baseline constitution — is determined at the moment of conception and relates to inherited or permanent physical and emotional characteristics and tendencies. These would include qualities such as height, natural eye and hair color and innate personality traits.
There are as many different constitutions as there are human beings. For the sake of practicality however, Ayurveda has categorized three main constitutional forces. These forces (or doshas) are called “Vata,” “Pitta,” and “Kapha,” very roughly translated as “Air,” “Fire,” and “Earth” respectively. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are used in Ayurveda to refer to the Doshas or personal constitution.
While all three doshas are present in every constitution, they are present in different ratios. For example, there may be a high concentration of Pitta (fire) in my constitution, with Kapha (earth) secondary and only a small amount of Vata (air), but someone else may have more Vata and Pitta and less Kapha and so on. We are all different “recipes” made up by the same “ingredients”.
Knowing your constitution—your Prakruti is like knowing your own “recipe” — it is useful because it increases awareness of your natural strengths and challenges. This can be a positive step towards understanding health. To learn more about your personal Ayurvedic constitution is to engage on a journey towards personal transformation which brings about health & well being improvement and general maintenance.
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