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Eastern modalities are so amazing for its’ intuitive way of to healing through our 5 senses. 

We become out of balance through our capacity to experience the world, and therefore it makes perfect sense that we could bring ourselves back into balance through those same capacities. 

Today I want to talk a little bit about the healing power of touch.

A lot of traditions use touch as a pathway for energy healing, relief from headache, circulation stimulation, beauty and even organ repair.

It feels so natural is something is hurting to bring your hands to that area and hold on tight.

Even when we see a friend in pain we have a natural drive to hold them. We all know how healing a tight hug from a good friend can be 🙂

Since my knowledge comes from the world of ayurveda, I am excited to share with you a little more detail about our fingers, their elemental energies and marma points.

Marma points are basically energy hubs in the body (there are A LOT) that help affect different organs, emotional aspects and even help clear out toxins.  I use these all the time throughout my day. There are a lot of similarities between ayurvedic marma points and chinese medicine marma.

How do I activate them?

We can use firm pressure from our fingertips to stimulate these point (also known as acupressure) However, we can be even more specific about how we use these points.

Which finger should I use?

Each finger is associated with a different element according to Ayurveda. 

1st finger – Vata (air & space element)

2nd finger – Pitta (fire & water element)

3rd finger – Kapha (earth & water element)

That is a quick way to decide what element you want to cultivate the marma point you are using.  If you want to be even MORE specific you can think about all 5 fingers!

Thumb – space

1st finger – air

2nd finger – fire

3rd finger – water

Pinky  – earth

I incorporate a few deep breaths as I hold each point intentionally.

My favorite points to use are…

Third eye – between the eyebrows and little higher; helps clear the body of toxins

Shanka – on the temples to help relieve headache

Shringataka – center of cheekbone, just below the bone – promotes energy & clears nasal passages

About the Author


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Haylee Warner, HHC, RYT is an Ayurvedic holistic health counselor,  movement & meditation instructor and corporate wellness provider based in Philadelphia. Her holistic health counseling puts all the pieces of your life into a clear picture.  She guides you to understand the root cause of your dis-ease. In her sessions your will build a map of simple and effective changes to re-pattern old habits so that you can live with energy, motivation and vitality.  Her goal is to empower you to clear the haze and stop compromising your best self! Healing Haylee provides a realistic way to incorporate affordable and preventative healthcare into your 21st century lifestyle. We will find small, effective and achievable adjustments for your diet and life that will have profound effects on your energy, perspective, and productivity.

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