What is Marma Therapy?
Considered the precursor to acupuncture, marma therapy is a 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic treatment in which pressure is applied to specific points on the body, inducing the flow of prana (life force) along the nadis (subtle channels) of the body.
Marma therapy (also called marma chikitsa) is an integral part of rehabilitative and rejuvenation therapy within Ayurveda, Yoga, and Indian Naturopathy. There are about 107 marma points (vital points) located all over the body. Marmas share unique connections between the chakras and the nadis; therefore, when marmas are worked on therapeutically, they intrinsically correct subtle and physical imbalances
Quick Facts about Marma Points
- Marma points are the intersection of the body, mind, spirit, and senses.
- All major marmas are located on the chakras.
- Marmas are considered satellites to the chakras.
- Marmas are interconnected with the network of nadis that supply prana.
Some Facts about the Nadi (Subtle Energy Pathways or Subtle Channel Systems)
- Nadi (pronounced nar’-dee) means “river.” These are the communication channels of the body.
- The total length of nadis in the human body is three times the circumference of Earth (40,075.16 kilometers is the Earth’s circumference).
- All nadi originate from one of two centres: the Kandasthana (located a little below the navel) and the heart.
- Some nadis are made up of the physical channels of the body, such as capillaries, arteries, lymphatic ducts, and the GI tract. Other nadis consist of subtle channels that do not have physical walls. Prana, the life force, flows through these subtle channels.
Nadi Mardan Kriya: Therapy that Works with the Nadi
Almost all the branches of Ayurvedic medicine relate to a corresponding component in modern medical science. Developed thousands of years ago, Nadi Vigyan (supreme knowledge of the subtle nervous system) is what we know today as “neurotherapy.”
Ayurvedic neurotherapy, or Nadi Mardan Kriya, is an ancient Indian rehabilitative therapy based on Vedic principles and philosophy. This rehabilitative therapy deals with both subtle energy channels through which flow the three humors or energy forces: Vata (air), Pitta (bile), and Kapha (water) and physical channels: nerves, muscles, joints, and blood and lymphatic channels. Ayurvedic neurotherapy helps restore and balance the energy forces of the body that regulate both the physiological equilibrium and the body-mind-spirit.
Neurotherapy has long been known by various names in different areas of India. It is called “Ladara” in northern India and as “Kerali Massage” in the south. Ayurvedic neurotherapy places chief emphasis upon the integrity of the body’s physical and energetic mechanisms as the most important factor in the maintenance of health.
Health Conditions that Marma Nadi Therapy Benefits
Marma Nadi Chikitsa is a combination of the ancient practices of Nadi Mardan Kriya and Marma Chikitsa. Some common health issues for which Marma Nadi Chikitsa can be extremely effective are:
- Restoring organ health
- Initiating/facilitating deep healing
- Correction of the musculoskeletal system
- Psycho-emotional imbalances
- Non-diagnosed neurological debilitating sensations
- Child behavioral issues
- Inability to heal yourself
Tips Based on Marma Therapy to Initiate Deep Healing
- Regular general stretching opens the nadi for prana to flow.
- Your belly button—the most ignored part of your body—is considered the pranic centre for your body. Take special care to maintain the health of your belly button, such as cleaning it regularly, applying oil inside the belly button, and massaging clockwise around the belly button.
- Maintaining your digestive health supports the molecules of emotions called the prana, tejas, and ojas.
- Frequently in a day, practice one of the three basic yoga/meditation asana or postures: half lotus, full lotus, or diamond posture.
- Rubbing your palms together and then moving them away and bringing them close creates a ball of energy. You can then place your hands on your area of discomfort.