Ayurveda, (Ahh-yur-vay-duh) literally translated as “the Science of Life,” is a 5,000 year old system of medicine that originated in ancient India. It is a intricate union of philosophy, spirituality and a complete medical science that is not only relevant and applicable in our modern lives, but incredibly valuable. It’s timeless techniques are reassuringly being proven by modern research to promote health through a nourishing sattvic lifestyle- one of mindfulness, balance and harmony.
The objective is of Ayurveda is not to treat disease, but to address each individual unique constitution (prakruti) and the signs and symptoms they are experiencing (vikruti), to discover the source of disease and act accordingly to ensure a positive long lasting effect by bringing the individual back to their state of balance (prakruti). The aim of Ayurveda is to establish the ability to live every aspect of life to its fullest, in moment to moment awareness. Techniques used aspire to interrupt the disease process and remove the root cause, as well as maintain optimal function of agni (mental/physical digestive fire) These may include everything from unique diet guidelines and recipes based on nutrition, properties and tastes of food, lifestyle guidelines, herbal recommendations, marma, yoga and massage therapy, to various deep cleansing modalities.
What are marmani and what are their functions?
Marma is the singular form and marmani is the plural form; this Sanskrit word translates as a vital energy point located at the surface of the body. The science of marmani developed in Vedic times and was used by physicians and surgeons for therapeutic purposes and to preserve vitality. Ayurveda holds that a human being is not a solid, stable material structure but an ever changing dynamic collection of energy and intelligence in the larger field of energy and intelligence that is the universe. As the body is alive and pulsating with energy, there can be innumerable “energy points” but Ayurveda texts have described 107 vital marmani. These points are vital because they are infused with life force, prana, and permeated with consciousness; which expresses itself in lively, concentrated form at these points. Thus, the marmani serve as a bridge or doorway between the body, mind and soul. They function diagnostically, therapeutically-to balance the mind and relieve pain and for preventative care and rejuvenation.