Weakening of prana (universal energy) in our body, either by lifestyle choices or changing seasons, leads to disease. Prana flow is guided by marmas (134 transformational gaps between body's energy channels). A pulse reading establishes the marma points to be massaged with herbal creams and mantra chanting for vibrational healing. This massage results in a renewed sense of energy flow.
Ayurveda is most commonly defined as the science of life. But, what does it mean to have life?
Of course, we need food, water, and air to stay alive; yet, we can go without eating or drinking for hours, even days, and we can hold our breath for a short period of time.
All the while we remain alive. So, what is it that brings about life?
In ayurveda, we call this energetic flow prana.
Prana: The Energetic Flow Of Life
An ayurvedic sutra by P. V. Sharma reads: Deha prana samyoge ayuh, which loosely translates to “as long as prana flows in the body, one is alive.” Prana comes from universal sources of energy and flows through everything.
The way prana is received, the way it flows, and the way it is used supports our wellness. If prana is weakened in our physiology, either by our choice in diet or lifestyle activities or by nature or season changes, we begin to experience disease.
Revitalizing prana is the ultimate rejuvenator.
Managing Prana Through Marma
With all the different energy-healing modalities out there, it may not be a surprise that ayurveda also has a modality to manage prana.
Prana flows through our physical body via energy channels called nadis. There are tens of thousands of channels that branch out to feed prana to all our different systems, tissues, and organs.
Gaps exist between the branches, and prana is transformed to support the branches’ destinations. This transformational gap is a marma.
In the lineage I study (Shaka Vansya Ayurveda), we recognize 107 major marmas over the entire body and another 27 marmas along the spine.
Marma Massage And Its Effects
Prior to a marma massage, I assess the pulse to evaluate how prana is currently being received, how it is flowing, and how it is used.
Based on the pulse reading, a unique routine is designed, selecting the marma points that will be massaged.
During the massage, each marma point is gently massaged with herbal creams while I silently chant mantras for added vibrational healing.
So, how does such a subtle technique make us feel better?
Often, a marma massage results in you experiencing a renewed sense of energy flow, which can also be felt in the pulse.
Also, if there are specific conditions of disease, a marma massage can reduce the immediate symptoms.
Over time, with regular marma massages along with proper ayurvedic diet and lifestyle, wellness can be optimized.