Paths to Peace

Stress management and wellbeing through mindfulness and yoga therapy

Paths to Peace

Paths to Peace

Stress management and wellbeing through mindfulness and yoga therapy

Marma Therapy

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Marma therapy is akin to acupuncture in Chinese Medecine, although touch is used primarily in the treatment as opposed to needles.  The therapy is mainly used as an adjunct to other forms of treatment in Ayurveda, the Indian system of non-pharmaceutical medecine, which  also includes a system of oil-based massage, yoga and herbs. Here at Paths to Peace, the treatment is offered for a number of mental health conditions, fatigue, chronic pain management and recovery post treatment of cancer.

In the treatment phase of marma, the client is usually clothed, may be covered with blankets even and is given the option of using a massage couch or, if comfortable, can lay on the floor on yoga mats. The process is around 1.5 hours long and involves questioning from the therapist and listening to dialogue that the client may wish to share. This is a safe method for children as well as adults of all ages, although not advised for those undergoing chemotherapy. After chemotherapy, the patient may enjoy gentle touch and light massage that helps raise cortisol levels sufficiently to repair tissue and brain cells. However, children must be accompanied by their parent or carer at all times during the treatment. The client is at liberty to ask any questions in the process that are relevant to the treatment and is always encouraged to say whether the touch is comfortable in terms of the amount of pressure used. The treatment process will enliven hormones and help muscle repair, as well as soothe a troubled nervous system.  It is a valid treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety in particular, given that hormones that are disregulated after trauma or as a result of prolonged anxiety are balanced as a result of the touch.

The marma therapy clinic is in Boxted, Colchester, Essex and is only accesible via car (as the village has no regular bus service regrettably).  The clinic is in a private dwelling and is not a suitable venue for anyone with a wheelchair because of the lack of ramps and disabled toilet. However, if you are in a wheelchair, it may be that the therapist can travel to your home, depending on location.

However, marma therapy is usually only the start of treatment for any of the conditions outlined and is usually offered in the beginning stages of therapy. Alongside the massage treatment, the client may also wish to learn yoga therapy and mindfulness techniques to overcome trauma, depression, fatigue, anxiety or as a recovery from the trauma of cancer treatment to the immune system.

Boxted is a small village just a short drive from the new Colchester United football station and town centre.  The cost of treatment does vary according to need, although some treatments follow a standard time frame and programme, if appropriate.

Contact the therapist Louise Fortunato on 01206 272453 or email info@pathstopeace.co.uk