If you are familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you have no doubt heard of Acupuncture/Acupressure, and it's extensive mapping of the human body; linking various organs, limbs, immune responses, and even energy centers. In Ayurveda, this system is referred to as Marma Points. The two systems of medicine actually do reference each other (think of it as two different styles of approaching the same problem that can appreciate some of the findings of the 'other' style), and identify the energy in the body as Prana (Ayurveda) or Chi (Traditional Chinese Medicine).
The focus of marma point massage is primarily to manipulate subtle energy or prana, but physically they’re also very effective for relieving stiff muscles and boosting circulation. Marma therapy is used extensively throughout Ayurveda, and is considered important in self-care and self-healing practices. Just as many of us are discovering through yoga, the key to greater health and happiness doesn’t necessarily lie outside of us, but instead is quite literally at our fingertips.
Ayurveda recognizes 107 Marma points. Each one has it's own purpose, name, preference for activation or massage, and preferred oil two accentuate it's energetic flow. In our opinion, using these points should be done under the direction of a practitioner specifically trained in Marma Point therapy; HOWEVER.......we do have one exception to this line of advice.
From Indu Arora
Marma acupressure sticks are handy wooden tools that can be used to stimulate energy points on the body. There is a pointed tip on one end and rounded tip on the other end. The ridged body can be used to rub between palms and massage hands. It's an excellent tool for self care stimulation of marma points.
There are many ways you can use these guys. If you want to get a good routine down (which would be beneficial for those dealing with carpal tunnel, if you're an artist, someone that works with your hands, or someone that has to perform tasks like writing extensively) we absolutely love this video.
Source: Indu Arora
Use Marma Stick right upon waking up and before bed for just 3-5 minutes.
Apply 2-3 drops of sesame oil or your favorite moisturizer to palms
Rub the marma stick between the palms and keep rolling it up and down and move between wrist and finger tips.
Do this for 3-5 minutes. Pay attention to where you feel dull, heavy and achy, increase the pressure and pace in this region.
Pay attention to where you feel sensitive, painful and intense, ease out the pressure and pace in this region.
Continue until you feel comfortable warmth in the hands.
Benefits: In easing tiredness of the achy joints. It helps boost circulation to the fingertips and toe tips. This further helps those who experience cold hands and feet or poor circulation in limbs.
In the age of texting and palm size smart devices or if you are knitter, writer, painter or someone who does a lot of fine motor movements with hands, you know we often end up overworking our hands. It puts excessive pressure on the thumb, finger joints and wrist. It helps bring warmth, boost circulation and ease tension.
Use this simple intervention to relieve symptoms of strain and tension in your hands and feet. Snag yours today!