AYURVEDIC MARMA MASSAGE
Ayurveda - ‘Science of Life’
Aryuveda is an ancient approach to healing, disease prevention and physical/emotional balance. Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) and comes from the Vedas, which are the divine Hindu texts of knowledge in India. Treating their bodies like temples, the Indian monks believed that preserving their health would help them in their meditation and spiritual development. These monks collected information over many thousands of years of observations and preserved it for future generations. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.
Ayurvedic Marma Massage
Ayurvedic Marma massage is a vigorous massage manipulating the soft tissues of the body based on the knowledge of Marma points (pressure points), the vital points on the body where bones, muscles, tendons, veins and vessels overlap. There are 107 main Marma points in the body and can be gently sedated or stimulated releasing energy blocks, tension and toxins within the body. Each point has its own intelligence and consciousness, which co-ordinate with the mind and body. This ancient form of treatment involves using the fingers and hands to stimulate the Marma points thereby promoting physical and mental rehabilitation. As with Acupuncture, these points correspond to internal organs and systems of the body which react to manual stimulation.
Marma massage stimulates and generates the persons own energy resources increasing vital energy. It removes blockages form the Marma points giving physical and psychological relaxation and strength. Regular Marma massage nourishes the body, extends life span, provides good sleep and improves physical stability. Stimulating or massaging the Marma points gives benefits to the area of the location and improves the function of the connecting organs.
The Ayurvedic massage strokes vary from deep to superficial and follow the flow of energy channels, nerve pathways and hair growth. There are three types of movements – active (strong pressure), passive (delicate stroking) and persuasive (pinching or kneading the small muscles with the thumb and forefinger). When you receive a massage, a pulse diagnosis will be taken to establish your Dosha as Ayurveda insists that the natural oil your therapist uses be specific to your Dosha and be infused with essential oils that will benefit your Doshic balance.
Doshas ‘Dosha’ is like your body ‘password’ and once you understand your unique ‘password’, you can learn to keep your body healthy and balanced. In other words, ‘dosha’ affects your physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Ayurveda teaches that health is maintained by the balancing between three fundamental bodily bioelements or subtle energies known as Doshas – Vatta (Wind), Pitta (Heat) and Kapha (Earth and Water). Disease is regarded as an imbalance between these three elements, so imbalance needs treatment rather than infection. Ayurveda seeks to treat the mind and body according to a person's Dosha using a system combining diet, herbal remedies, detoxication, Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, lifestyle routine and behaviours which stimulate positive emotions.
Body Type Vata - Air and Space
Vata Dosha is the principle of movement in all living organisms and is a combination of the elements air and space. Vata Dosha is closely related to the nervous system. The Vata dosha controls all movement in the body, including breathing, digestion, and nerve impulses from the brain. When Vata is out of balance, anxiety and other nervous disorders may be present. Digestive problems, constipation, cramps, and even premenstrual pain usually are attributed to a Vata imbalance. Vata-type people are generally thin and find it hard to gain weight. Because of this, Vatas have very little energy reserve and can tire easily and get themselves out of balance. Vata mind/body types often have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Their minds are active, imaginative, and restless and may be hard to quiet down at night. Vata mind/body types need a lot of sleep or they become groggy and ineffective. The most important thing to know about Vata is that it leads the other doshas. Vata usually goes out of balance first, which causes the early stages of disease. More than half of all illnesses are Vata disorders. Balancing Vata is important for everyone, because when Vata is in balance, Pitta and Kapha are generally in balance as well.
Mind: creative, spiritual, tranquillity.
Body: all movements, blood flow, nerve impulses, fast in actions, emotions.
Mind: fear, anxiety, stress, worry, insomnia, fatigue, poor memory.
Body: hyperactivity, dry skin, constipation, gas, arthritis, osteoporosis, PMS.
Body Type Pitta - Fire and Water
Pitta Dosha is the principle of transformation in all living organisms and is a combination of the elements fire and water. Pitta Dosha is closely related to the digestive system, metabolism, enzymes and glands in the body. Pitta-type people are generally of medium size and well proportioned. They have a medium amount of physical energy and stamina. They also tend to be intelligent and have a sharp wit and a good ability to concentrate. Fire is a characteristic of Pitta, whether it shows up as fiery red hair or a short temper. Since Pittas' body temperature is generally warm, Pitta types can go out of balance with over exposure to the sun. Their eyes are sensitive to light. Pittas work hard all day and sometimes have trouble turning off their active minds to go to sleep. They need to take some time between work and sleep to really wind down and relax. Pitta dosha leads us to crave moderation and purity. We rely on Pitta to regulate our intake of food, water, and air. Any toxins, such as alcohol or tobacco, show up as a Pitta imbalance. Toxic emotions such as jealousy, intolerance, and hatred also should be avoided to keep Pitta in balance for optimum health.
Mind: intelligence, memory, discrimination.
Body: metabolism, digestion, eyes, blood, skin, brain, heart.
Mind: anger, hate, controlling, excessive competitive drive, hostility, irritability, hot temper.
Body: acid reflux, heart burn, stomach aches, rashes, acne, hypertension, nausea, migraines.
Body Type Kapha - Water and Earth
Kapha Dosha is the principle of stability and maintenance in any living organism and is a combination of the elements water and earth. Kapha Dosha is closely related to the lymphatic and immune system and is responsible for the growth of the individual. Kapha-type people tend to have sturdy, heavy frames, providing a good reserve of physical strength and stamina. This strength gives Kaphas a natural resistance to disease and a generally positive outlook about life. The Kapha dosha is slow, and Kapha types tend to be slow eaters with slow digestion. They also speak slowly. They are calm and affectionate but, when out of balance, can become stubborn and lazy. They learn slowly, with a methodical approach, but also retain information well with a good understanding of it. Kapha dosha controls the moist tissues of the body, so a Kapha imbalance may show up as a cold, allergies, or asthma. This is worse in Kapha season, March through June. Cold and wet weather aggravates Kapha. They should not dwell in the past or resist change. They need lots of exercise and need to be careful not to overeat. Kaphas need stimulation to bring out their vitality. Kapha dosha teaches us steadiness and a sense of well-being.
Mind: love, nurturing, compassion, patience.
Body: builds, strengthens, nourishes, lubricates, protects, fat, fluid, reproduction.
Mind: greedy, envy, holds grudges, possessiveness, attachment, depression.
‘Dosha’ is like your body ‘password’ and once you understand your unique ‘password’, you can learn to keep your body healthy and balanced. In other words, ‘dosha’ affects your physical, emotional and spiritual health.