ear lobe following the bony bump. forms the eye socket (the Kaninika
How to do an
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This increases circulation to the marma). Continue along upper ridge
brain, improves alertness and is a of the orbit, applying pressure
useful way of relieving dizziness or throughout. End about half inch
nausea or from the feeling of from outer corner of eye. This step
fainting. It also soothes wrinkles or increase energy to eye socket, nose
helps prevent them by improving and centre part of the face, helps
muscle tone at the corners of the detoxify the effect on the liver,
mouth and brings a health glow to relieves headache due to eyestrain.
cheeks. Step ten
Step six Start at inner (medial) end of
There is a Cover left side of top of the head eyebrow. Pinch along eyebrow to its
saying "Every with the left hand. Have your right outer edge with your index finger.
index finger just above the flare of Use your thumb and index finger to
face tells a
the right nostril (Nasa marma). work in a rolling movement - index
story". Massage small circles here. Then finger over the thumb and then the
Ayurvedically stroke under the cheekbone up to thumb over the index finger. This
the temple, over the ear and along step releases tension throughout the
speaking, that the bony bump behind the ear lobes. body especially in the upper ridge of
is true. This helps in asthma and bronchial eye, helps the eyes and helps nourish
congestion. and relax the nervous system.
Step seven Step eleven
Place the tips of the index fingers Stroke tip of nose to the third eye
on either side of the nose half way (the Ajna marma- above midpoint
between the corner of the eyes and between eyebrows) in a gentle
s well as being the head office tension, particularly so if the person the tip of the nostrils on the nasal clockwise manner for 60 seconds.
for the five senses the face holds onto his or her feelings. The bones (the Ganda marma). Do small This helps headaches over eyes,
also stores several marma or jaw muscle is the strongest muscle circular massage movements at a relieves emotional tension, balances
vital points. Marma points are the of the body and it stores a lot of point right of the nose. Then stroke subtle energies of the body.
meeting place of muscle, bones, body energy. This step helps release over the cheekbone. Continue over Step twelve
tendons, arteries, veins and joints. emotions and release jaw tension. the ear following the bony bump Have your head supported with one
Marma points are similar to pressure Step three behind the ear lobes. Do this hand. With the opposite hand made
points used in reflexology and Apply pressure to the top and procedure on the left side. This step into a claw-like shape, zig zag from
acupressure. It is the marma system underside of jawbone and then relieves sinus congestion and left side to right side of the forehead
that is the origin of these systems stroke up the jaw line to the ears and sinusitis, relieves eyestrain and and vice versa. Doing this increases
and acupuncture. In Ayurvedic facial then the temples (the Shankar relieves congestion that causes bags warmth and relaxation to forehead
massage we emphasise certain marma). Make light clockwise circles to form under the eyes. muscles, helps build muscle tone to
marma points which relate either to at the temple. Clockwise circular Step eight prevent lines and wrinkles and
treating specific dosha imbalances or movement is used as it is found to Place right index finger just below improve power of concentration.
treat, calm or stimulate specific be more effective in relieving inner corner of right eye near to the Step thirteen
organs or systems in the body. This tension than any other movement. nose. Have your left hand over the As in step eleven, repeat the
massage can be done on oneself or This step helps relieve tension in the left side of the head. Apply gentle stroking procedure from the nose to
on someone else. jaw and tension headaches, helps pressure, stroke along lower bony the forehead up to the midline of
We use two main strokes in an reduce hyperactivity, pressure around surface of eye socket, apply pressure the forehead to the hairline. Massage
Ayurvedic Facial Massage - a the eyeball and helps improve all the way along. End at the outer in small circular motions to the right
smooth stroke to release subtle memory. corner of the eye between the orbit and left of the hairline, over the ears
tensions underneath the skin and Step four and the eyeball. Press in gently at and to the back of the head until the
the pressure point strokes to touch Stroke firmly along the upper ridge this point (the Apanga marma). fingers meet at the base of the skull.
the deeper tissues. of the jaw up to the lower corners Repeat on the other side using the Massage up the back of the head
The Ayurveda Institute of of the mouth. Make small circles other hand. This step helps in both sides of the midline with the
Europe has seen this year an again. Then stroke up along the jaw relieving tired eyes and helps in same circular movements upwards
unprecedented number of to the midpoint of the muscles that improving eyesight, skin tone around and outwards. Carry on over the top
Therapists in the UK who want to open and close the jaw. Make small eye, and relieving bags and darkness of the head to the front hairline.
learn this massage technique for circles again. Stroke up the cheeks to around the eyes. Massaging over the marmas on the
their clients. the temples and make small circles Step nine midline helps stimulate deep centres
Step one here. This step increases circulation Place tips of both index fingers at of the brain and helps balance the
Cover your palms with light, warm to the face, relieves jaw tension and tip of nose. Stroke up the midline of body physically, emotionally and
oil, using smooth strokes. Start from softens wrinkles by improving the nose all the way to the top and mentally. This helps relieve
the midline of the chin and with muscle tone. branch out to either side to the point headaches, relaxes and invigorates
hands towards the temples. Oils Step five just below where the eyebrows begin the forehead muscles and stimulates
such as Skinele, a Sesame-based oil, Put the tips of the index fingers on the upper bony surface that energy spots in the head. TT
which has Vata, Pitta, and Kapha midway between the nose and the
balanced herbs, are used as they middle of the upper lip (the Usta
penetrate the outer layers of the marma). Press gently. Stroke from
Ravi Bhanot is a Director of The Ayurveda Institute of
skin. here to just over the corners of the Europe. The Institute runs regular workshops in
Step two mouth, under the cheek bones, to Ayurvedic Facial Massage and other Ayurvedic
Place fingers under jaw and chin the top of the ear, over the ear, massages and Ayurvedic Therapies. Please visit
area; start pressing up and releasing following the crease where the ear is www.ayurvedainstitute.org or phone 0208 270 0533
gently. This area attracts a lot of attached to the head and behind the for more information.
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