Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I found a blog the other day with a great name. It’s called Lazy yogi. (That’s a yogi after my own heart.) In it, the write talks about points. The points I’m referring to in this case, of course, have nothing to do with Seurat—though that’s not to say that these points are not in themselves a work of art. These are energy points, or junctures, in the body between which energy, or life force, flows, and they correspond to points on the body and the organs.
Most people are familiar with acupuncture points. Then there are reflexology points. But the Lazy Yogi talks about the lesser-known marma points used in Ayurveda. They’re said to house the three pillars of life, or doshas. Marma points massage is becoming more popular in spas.
The only other points I know about are used in Jin Shin Jyutsu. All of the points in Jin Shin Jyustu are in the hands, which are used as "jumper cables," to make contact with 26 "safety energy locks." These redirect, or unblock the flow of energy along its pathways.
I went to a Jin Shin Jyustu session once and we sat with a group for about an hour during which we were supposed to listen to energy pulses in our wrists and then work with the leader who talked us through the 26-point sequence, which was supposed to reharmonize and restore our energy blocks. Some people fell asleep but it seemed to be okay to do that.
That one session was not life transforming for me, but there Jin Shin Jyustu followers all over the world. The history is interesting. It’s an ancient Japanese practice that was rediscovered by Jiro Murai, a philosopher. He passed on this information to a contemporary woman named Mary Burmeister.
Any other points I’m missing?