Ancient classical Ayurveda, categorized into 8 branches of specialized healing knowledge also known as “Asthang Ayurveda” (8 limbs of Ayurveda), devotes an entire branch to children from birth to early adulthood, including care for the mother. In the SVA lineage, this special pediatric field has been augmented and refined over several continuous generations to address contemporary needs, every time, all the time, through the simple yet powerful tool of Marma points.
Optimal daily care is even more necessary for infants and children in this day and age. Due to their smaller body weight and incomplete development, even a small amount of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, artificial scents can disturb and disrupt their growing bodies and brains. For an underdeveloped brain, as well as the organs and organ systems that are fully open to receiving and aligning with the intelligence of the environment, synthetic chemicals pollutants interfere firsthand with the growth, and intelligence of interaction between the brain and the body, between one organ and another organ, blurring the reception for the signals of Nature’s vibrational and physical communications. This is why, in the SVA tradition, in addition to classical ayurvedic remedies, SV ancestors developed specific marma protocols for shishu and bal. Shishu is the early stage of infancy and up to the point when your baby is weaned off of breast-feeding. Bal is when your baby is weaned off and up to the point where he can walk fully and confidently.
We call these specific marma protocols, SVA Shishu and Bal Marma Protocols.
Everybody is born with all the marma-s, total 107 marma points plus 27 SVA spinal marma points (in addition to the 107). No classical texts discuss this aspect of knowledge, as it is exclusive to the SVA lineage.
Is marma massage on infants and children really that necessary though? When it comes to the care of infants and children, with SVA Marma, you can address the impact of environmental, dietary, vibrational and physical pollution more effectively. You can strengthen resistance to pollutants. Enhance the stamina of the digestive system. Protect the growing body from stressors. In the ayurvedic branch of pediatrics called: Kaumāra-bhṛtya1 or “treatment of children,”
we find many recommendations for diet, herbal supplementation, or advanced care. But with daily SVA marma care you can supply integral preventative care to strengthen and enhance immunity and health easily, safely, and effectively through transdermal delivery and “sparsh vigyan” or the science of touch.
Babies love touch – why is that? Babies receive a lot of soma from nature. This is partially why they need constant warmth or agni, to transform that soma. Touch is the manifested aspect of marut or circulation, so it enhances the intelligence and circulation and supports in the transformation of soma. With regular marma and massage, the body receives more marut and is able to transform soma into its building blocks faster and better.
We have learnt that all the sandhi-s or intra-cellular gaps is where all transformation occurs; and all the nadi-s or vibrational channels, is the pathway through which prana is received, delivered, used, and released. EMF plays a major interrupting role in the reception, delivery, use, and release of used prana. So Shishu marma is designed to give more intelligenceto marma-s, nadi-s, and sandhi-s, as Shishu Marma is primarily a pranic protocol. It’s a very gentle gentle gentle process. In Shishu Marma, you do not cover all the marma points, just a basic few.
Shishu Marma Protocol
As Shishu is the early stage of infancy and up to the point when your baby is weaned off of breast-feeding, this is the early developmental stage where everything in and about your baby is soft and tender, so you use no pressure, just a very gentle touch, and tender movements.
Take a small amount of your SVA baby care lotion, and put in the palm of your left hand. Using the ring finger of your right hand to take some and apply very gently on all 4 talahridya points – apply first on the right talahridiya point and gently circle a couple of times, then do the left palm, then the right foot, and finally left foot. Talahridiya – extensions of the heart are located in the center of the palms and the midpoint of the soles.
Get some more lotion and apply on all 4 jhanu marma-s very gently, going in circular clockwise motion. Jhanu is located in the front and the back of the knees. 2 in the front and 2 in the back.
Cup your right palmand hold on top of the Adipathi marma (the fontanelle or the top soft part of the head), don’t apply anything, just cup the hand for about a 1 minute or so, then hold your baby on your left forearm so you can swipe his/her spine from the top to the bottom using very little lotion and a gentle soothing touch.
You can repeat the full 4 steps several times, 7 times. Do this in a quiet clean EMF-free environment. After completing this marma massage, it is recommended you give your baby very gentle massage with your SVA Blissful Baby Massage oil.
SVA Massage Protocol
Warm the oil in your sink or in a bottle warmer – it should be slightly higher than room temperature, then pour some in the palm of your hand, rub them together, warm them up, start with the shoulders, going in outward strokes from the neck out, then come circular on the shoulder bones, then move down to the arms, circular on the elbows, then down onto the hands and swiping out from the fingers. On the back, top to bottom, circular on the hips, then downwards, circular on the back of the knee, then swipe down the legs. Same steps on the front. On the belly clockwise – only if and when the umbilical chord has fallen off and the navel is fully healed. Do not touch the upper trunk area – heart and lungs area.
Make eye contact during massage whenever possible. Touch is a very important element of comfort and communication with your baby, it will calm your baby, and ground it.
When your baby is old enough to be weaned from breast-feeding, it is now a “bal” or a toddler. Your toddler has now reached a new physiological and vibrational maturity stage, and is able and ready to receive a more extensive SVA marma treatement involving more marma points and more quantities of herbalized cream for transdermal delivery. In shishu, you just gently touched the marma, but in bal, you can apply soft pressure. Bal covers your baby’s toddler stage and on into his 7-8th year.
Full Steps for Bal Marma Massage
Start with all 4 talahridiya, all 4 ani marma, all 4 janu marma, plus ansa (midway between the neck and the shoulder) marma, ans phalak (midpoint of the shoulder blades) marma, as well as all spinal marma points. Go clockwise on every marma point. Finish off with adipathi marma. For the Adipathi marma, put some Bal Massage oil into the palm of your right hand, rub your hands, and then cup his/her adipathi. Then use your right palm that still has massage oil in it, to swip down his/her spine, from top to bottom, 7 times.
After completing the Marma massage on your baby, you can give him/her a full body massage. Warm the oil in your sink or in a bottle warmer – it should be slightly higher than room temperature, then pour some in the palm of your hand, rub them together, warm them up, start with the shoulders, going in outward strokes from the neck out, then come circular on the shoulder bones, then move down to the arms, circular on the elbows, then down onto the hands and swiping out from the fingers. On the back, top to bottom, circular on the hips, then downwards, circular on the back of the knee, then swipe down the legs. Same steps for the front of the body. On the belly clockwise – only if and when the umbilical chord has fallen off and the navel is fully healed. Do not touch the upper trunk area – heart and lungs area.
Vaidya Mishra received this training directly from his father, who used to teach mid-wives in their village. He had trained them well in shishu marma massage, and Vaidya initially trained with these mid-wives. They were very well versed in shishu and bal marma massage. Infants and toddlers who received regular marma massages used to thrive in their growth and development. These children would be radiant with intelligent smiles, and their immunity would easily ward off seasonal sicknesses.
Here are some of the benefits of regular SVA Shishu and Bal Marma Massage:
- Enhanced immunity
- Better relaxed and calm demeanor
- Improved digestion and absorption
- Deeper restful sleep
- Increased joyfulness and confidence
- Before you massage your infant, toddler, or young child, make sure there are no drafts in the room and it is comfortably warm
- Your baby must be well fed and rested otherwise it will be cranky and restless and will not benefit from the massage
- It is ideal to give the baby a massage after it has had a bowel movement
- Do not massage if your baby has fever, or has received vaccination, or is experiencing any sickness, or any allergic rash
- Best times to massage: mornings ½ hour after feeding.
For both shishu and bal you can do vibrational massage on the heart area. Vibrational massage means “not touching.” Going close to the skin into the vibrational field just before touching and gently going in clockwise motion. Do this only on the heart and ribcage area.
SV Ayurvedic care for infants and mothers addresses the biological needs for different ages; taking into account gender, ethnic/cultural make-up, in relation to the different seasons and seasonal transitions; plus individual distinctions such as types of colon; distict levels of tolerance, etc. The SVA Marma and Massage protocols have been designed to enhance the reception and flow of prana for a safe and effective nurturing and rejuvenating experience.
1 Kumarya bhritya, also known, as bala chikitsa, discusses the treatment of all possible ailments relating to pregnancy, childbirth, and post-delivery, affecting both mother and child. Herbal and natural remedies for most frequent problems such as gastrointestinal ailments; teething disorders; rickets; etc. The importance of a proper balanced diet for mother and child, of mother’s milk, as well as general care of the infant from age 0 up till 16-years. Even natural remedies for infertility or a diet for the sexual preference of an unborn child are discussed.