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The guiding principle of Ayurveda is disease prevention through harmonizing the body’s rhythm with nature. One way to create this balance is to align the body’s healing energies through marma massage.

Marma is a Sanskrit word meaning hidden, or secret. By definition, a marma is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints.

More importantly, marmas are where consciousness meets matter as marmas are intersections between the tissues and prana; where deep silence resides in the body. In Ayurveda, marmas house the doshas providing an immediate treatment protocol via the modality of massage.

In Ayurvedic philosophy, doshas make up a person’s constitution. The trinity includes vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth). Everyone is born in a state of balance, or prakriti. During the aging process, factors such as anxiety, poor diet and sleep habits cause disharmony among the doshas.

Doshic imbalance blocks the movement of free-flowing energy in the body called prana. Eventually, blockage and stagnation of prana will set the ground for physical-mental discomfort and disease.

Treating marma via massage moves stagnant prana either by arousing or calming the doshas as each marma has three receiving points that align with the three doshas. It is used to balance the doshas, to increase agni (the digestive fire), for detoxification (reduce ama), as well as to promote energy (vajikarana) and aid in rejuvenation (rasayana).

Melanie combines marma treatment with deep-tissue and cranial sacral balancing.

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