photo by Erin Clow of @Love&Camera
Welcome to Day 22 of the #40DaysOfSelfCare adventure. Let’s explore and PAMPER the vital pathways of the body and mind.
Touch, whether it’s hugs, massage, or marma therapy, reduces stress and supports well-being. And of course, it feels great! I am especially fond of marma therapy, as it promotes health and vitality by supporting the body’s natural healing intelligence.
Marma therapy is the Ayurvedic system of acupressure. Marma points are vital intersections on the body, accessed through the skin, that connect the circulatory, nervous system, and energetic pathways of the body. Think of them like intersections for the body’s super highways of the veins/arteries, nervous system network, and energetic pathways.
When marma points are touched, massaged, or stimulated with a tuning fork, muscles relax and stress is released. However, the healing benefits go much deeper. Marma therapy improves communication in the nervous system by removing old stagnant stress patterns.
And it’s good medicine for the body, mind, and spirit. Literally. Marma supports the inner pharmacy by supporting healing biochemical functions in the body.
In marma therapy, neurochemicals in the skin are stimulated. Then, through the pathways in the nervous and circulatory systems, the body’s inner pharmacy releases and distributes healing (and feel-good) hormones and neurochemicals. This causes the body’s organs, tissues, and vital systems to become restored to a state of vitality and ease.
A few benefits my marma clients rave about are: balanced digestion, sound sleep, reduced stress, improved mental clarity and focus, stronger immunity, better athletic performance, and optimal creative energy. I adore marma for the boost it gives to my creativity.
When I feel writer’s block, I do two things. 1. Walk away from my writing desk. 2. Step outside, gaze at sky and press my angushtha mulu marma on each hand for 5 breaths. Stress causes the body to restrict, literally cutting off the flow of creativity. By gazing at the sky, breathing, and doing marma therapy, I reconnect to unlimited possibility – the space of creative bliss and joy.
A Marma bodywork session helps discover and uncover energetic blocks (stress) in the body, so you can recover your natural state of being - a natural flow of vitality, ease, and creative joy.
Look for an Ayurvedic marma specialist in your area. Santa Barbara/SoCal folks, here’s my link to the marma sessions I offer.
Today’s Self-Care Adventure: Seek out marma/massage/bodywork/hugs. Whether it's a pro massage or loving hug, touch calms the nervous system, improves immunity, and feels good!! Also, here’s a marma point to ease mental anxiety and support eye health. Close eyes. Place index, middle and ring fingers above each eyebrow. Use gentle touch and slight upward movement. Breathe steady and slow for 10 breathes. Inhale serenity. Exhale stress.