There are 107 reflex points around the body where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet up. Each of these points have their own intelligence and consciousness, which co-ordinate with the mind and body.
The therapy involves stimulation using the fingers of these Marma (trigger) points, which promotes physical and mental rehabilitation. The Marma massage therapist isolates points and cleans them out by increasing blood flow to the affected part of the neuro-muscular junction. Stretching of muscles and tendons is also used to improve tone, and gentle manipulation of the spine.
Special types of oils rich in B group vitamins, which are good for muscles and nerves, are used to massage the joints and their surrounding areas. Often the oils are warmed to increase absorption by the body. These oils remove swelling and pain providing welcome relief.
Marma massage has wide applications. Particularly for stroke victims as the massage clears away obstructions which delay information being communicated between the muscles, nerves and brain. This helps to re-educate the brain in control and co-ordination of muscles and nerves after illness or injury.
The following symptoms can also be alleviated through the massage:
- Light headedness
- Numbness or metallic taste in the mouth
- Tingling in fingers or toes
- Stress at work or home
- Lack of energy
- General weakness
- muscular aches and pains