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Massage as a healing science has witnessed great popularity and increasing acceptance all over the world during the past decade. The popularity of massage therapies as an effective ant-stress programme is one of the major factors leading to its commercialization. Recently therapeutic massage started becoming very popular, notably Ayurvedic massage which is being offered in almost all major spas in the world. Is massage limited to this simple act of restoring blood circulation, muscle relaxation, lymphatic drainage and rarely to some vital point stimulation? The answer is no. Very few people know that the massage practice followed by Ayurveda originated from the Siddha system. In the Siddha system this area of medicine is an elaborate and perfected science called Varma Kalai or the art of Vital points, where massage forms just one area of treatment. The depth of this varma science in Siddha is evident from the elaborate and extensive texts of Anatomy, Physiology, Diagnostic and treatment methodologies written on palm leaf manuscripts.
One of Siddha applied Science Institute's varma adviser is a traditional Siddha practitioner and a martial arts master who has visited the Shaolin temple in China for workshops, says that the most of the techniques and treatments in oriental medicine looks like being descended from some rare Varma Kalai texts. Viz. The intricate details of the ‘Secret Chambers of the Nerves’ and the applied description on the intricate nadi system in the human body, the secrets of the “bow and Arrow’ system. We also know that Sri. Bogar had taken Siddha medicine to China and had spread the knowledge there. Many today believe that Siddha belongs to South-India, but we at SASI believe that Siddha belongs to the universe, and that this knowledge be available to all. Our efforts in gathering and spreading as much as possible authentic information on Varma Kalai is in line with the intent of the great Siddhars, as evident by Sri.Bogars and many other Siddhars efforts to disseminate this knowledge far from its land of origin.
As described in a previous news letter, Varmam Science is based on the fact that there are numerous vital points (Varmams) in the human body that are interconnected by channels in a definite way. The life force energy or prana flows through these channels and gets boosted at the said vital points or varmams. Any imbalance to this flow can cause diseases. This flow has many levels of governing capacities on various vital activities of human body and manipulating this flow can be used to destroy or cure the body. The act of restoring or damaging the vital flow can be achieved by varying pressures of pressure directly on to the varmams. In general massage these points and channels are stimulated to certain degrees, in a defined pattern to achieve a smooth flow. The process may seem quite simple, but very few people actually teach the real locations, the technique of approach and the degrees of manipulation of these points. Quite simply a wrong, method of stimulation or the direction of massage or even the amount of pressure applied can not only be useless but may cause serious blockages leading to manifestation of diseases in the long run.
Research at Siddha Applied Science Institute has shown that impacts on varmam, depending on the seriousness of impact and the type of impact, causes a shift in the energy structure of the person involved. This abnormal shift many times is not immediately evident on the physiology of the affected person but goes on exerting a distorted energy influence on the pranic supply thereby depleting the area involved of much valuable prana. This slowly degrades the system/ organ or the location concerned and several years lead to debilitating diseases. Martial arts or very traumatic accident based varmam impacts shows immediate effects depending on the lethal nature of the varmam.
More and more scientific facts are pouring out from different corners of the world supporting alternate healing, presence of energy, plenum and most interestingly on existence of nadi’s. Recently in a conference a researcher presented electron micrograph and photographs of a dissected human body showing very thin filament coursing the body and these filaments were referred to be the same as nadi’s as explained in ancient texts, because they contained prana, proven using many bio-field devices. Modern medicine may not accept it at all, but we have proof which none can deny. Many modern researchers fail to understand that their science too developed the same way this ancient science is now resurfacing. Only difference is that alternate medicine has too many subtle factors involved than what we call main stream science has.
(Pictures: Quantum Health, Issue 01, February 2011)
SASI has developed a wellness based varmam and teaches it to its Diploma in Applied Siddha Sciences (DASS) students. This techniques involves three aspects,
- Applied Varmam knowledge
- Curative and restorative therapeutic varmam
- Augmentation of pranic flow using Siddha Yogic techniques
The Varmam taught by SASI has several advantages,
- It is safe and without side effects
- The therapy time is less and when properly complied to, gives long lasting results
- It is cost effective
- Patient friendly
- It promotes wellness