Our Marma Point and Chakra Balancing treatment is one of the lesser known treatments that we offer in our spa. Ironically, Marma translates as “secret” or “hidden”. This original point system, finally becoming known in the West, is an ancient treasure from Ayurveda that actually influenced the development of Chinese Acupuncture and Foot Reflexology. These powerful vital energy points are found where muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, bones or joints intersect in the body. They are considered a bridge between the physical and energetic bodies, portals where consciousness meets matter. Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute refers to these points as “pathways to one’s inner pharmacy”.
There are seven Maha (great) Marma points which correspond to the Chakras, or subtle energy centers of the body, and about 100 others points, many of which are found on the face and head. Stimulating these Marma points through acupressure, massage and energy work is a cornerstone of Ayurvedic bodywork. Intentional treatment of these sensitive points can address many physical, mental, and emotional imbalances, encouraging the free flow of energy (prana) throughout the body and mind. With the aid of essential oils, this harmonizing treatment induces a deep state of tranquility and helps restore balance to the chakras, doshas, and organs.
Below are some points that can help balance the Pitta dosha (fire/water elements) in the summer Pitta season. Try gently massaging them on yourself.
Shankha points are found in the depression of the temples a couple finger widths behind the eyebrows. Shankha strongly pacifies Pitta and helps to relieve its manifestations of excess heat such as inflammation, headaches, and infections. These points are also effective in calming emotional stress and intense Pitta-related emotions like irritability, anger and rage. It is also indicated for TMJ, dental pain, ringing in the ears, and regulating the colon.
Surya is another great Pitta pacifying point. This point is found on the midpoint of the abdomen, between the lower end of the sternum (xiphoid process) and belly button (umbilicus). In Sanskrit, Surya translates as the sun, source of fire and heat. This point relates to the solar plexus and helps to harmonize the fiery Pitta emotions, cools excess heat and inflammation, improves digestion, and is effective for all GI tract disturbances. Try a couple drops of peppermint oil here next time you have tummy ache.