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MARMA THERAPY

Marma Therapy is a healing technique based on the principle of free and uninterrupted energy flow and helps activate the natural healing processes in your body. There are 108 Marma points in our body, each of them has their own healing properties and effect on our physical and mental well-being. By stimulating these points I can help relieve blocked energies and balance the energy flow in your body.
To prepare the body for the stimulation of the Marma points, your skin should be prepared with warm oils to reap the full effect of the treatment.
To book Marma Therapy, either choose the Full Body Treatment or any of the Abhyanga sessions.

More about Marma therapy

If you have been to an Ayurvedic massage session at Namastow or follow me on social media, you probably know that Marma points play an important role in many of my treatments. I am fascinated by the powerful effect they can have. Read on here to find out what they are,  how they work and how a Marma therapy session at Namastow looks like. 

What are Marma points?

Marma points are energy points in our body. They are located in places where bones, nerves, vessels and tissues like muscles, veins and tendons connect and sit on a vast network of energy channels - the Nadis - that run through our body. Marmas are points in which Prana is concentrated and which represent specific functions and organs in our body - very similar to the acupressure points which are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

According to the classical Ayurvedic scriptures there are 107 marmas in the body, some more modern texts speak about an additional marma point in the mind. There are external and internal Marma points. The external Marma points can be treated through touch and pressure during an Ayurvedic massage session. In order to activate the internal Marma points, we work with reflex points, which lie above them.

Translated, Marma point means “vital point” or “sensitive point”. In fact, historically Marma points were not only used for healing. Kalripayattu warriors were trained in the knowledge of Marma points in order to kill or disable their opponents by striking them. Luckily nowadays we only use Marma points for healing and well-being.

How do Marma points work?

In Ayurvedic healing, we use Marma points to diagnose and treat disease by releasing blocked energy and balancing the flow of Prana through the body as well as manipulating specific parts of our patients’ bodies and minds. 

Ayurvedic massage sessions that include Marma therapy are very individual and depend on the needs of the patient. An experienced Marma therapist can sense which Marma points need the most attention and combined with the knowledge of their position and benefits, this can turn a Marma therapy session into a very valuable and deeply balancing experience.

What is Marma Therapy?

Marma therapy is one of the biggest treasures Ayurveda has to offer. Since it is quite complex, it’s not as well known as other Ayurvedic principles and concepts.

It requires a lot of studying and practising in order to master the techniques, but also a lot of sensitivity and intuition. Being a good Marma therapist requires to be able to “tune in” to the patient's needs. A good Marma therapist needs to be sensitive to very subtle energies. 

What happens during Marma therapy?

Marma therapy sessions might vary from therapist to therapist, so I will outline how a typical Marma therapy session at Namastow Ayurveda would look like. 

We always start preparing the body with Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic oil massage which uses valuable medicinal Ayurvedic oils. This way the patient has time to relax and let go of everyday life, the oils will get to work straight away and the massage strokes and techniques will help loosen up the tissue in order to make it easier to manipulate the Marma points. At the same time I get a feeling of which Marma points will need extra attention.

During the actual manipulation of Marma points I work my way along the Nadis, gently pressing the most important and appropriate points. This is being done by preparing the Marma point with circular movements and then exerting gentle pressure - the amount of pressure differs from patient to patient and from Marma point to Marma point. 

The feeling during the session is very individual. Some of my patients feel an immediate release of pain or sensation of energy, some points are quite sore and sensitive and some patients experience the biggest effect hours after the massage. 

What are the benefits of Marma therapy?

The benefits of Marma therapy are abundant. While it can simply be a wonderful addition to a normal massage that will leave you incredibly balanced and relaxed, we can also target real healing and strengthening objectives.

Since the Marma points are connected to physical (organs, bones, muscles, veins, nerves etc.) as well as energetical components of our body (Doshas, Prana and the Nadis) we can target anything from harmonising mind and body to strengthening the function of internal organs. 

I have used Marma therapy extensively to relieve Vata related issues of the mind such as anxiety, insomnia and stress as well as headaches and migraines and other pain in the body. 

How many sessions of marma therapy do i need?

You will feel improvement after the first session, but like most Ayurvedic treatments, Marma therapy is not a one-off solution. In order to see a lasting improvement of the underlying condition, I recommend to start out with three to five treatments - one every two weeks. Especially to relieve chronic issues, it is best to follow an ongoing plan. 

Who can benefit from marma therapy?

Literally anyone. In general I would always say anyone who is in pain or needs to relax should look into regular Marma Therapy. 

It is a wonderful balance for the hectic life that many of us lead in London and helps immediately to find peace and balance. 

But even if you don’t feel stressed out, Marma therapy might be right for you - it can relieve pain and improve digestion, heart and lung function just to name a few. I would recommend you give it a try!

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