The Gandharva (gaan-darva) is a blissful massage treatment that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit. Developed by the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, the Gandharva integrates the principles of sound healing, the movement of subtle energy, full-body massage, a crystal singing bowl, and marma therapy.
The Gandharva (a Sanskrit term that means “sound” or “music”) is based on the ancient Indian tradition of sound healing. It is said that thousands of years ago, the sages were able to enter a state of deep meditation and hear the subtle vibrations of the natural world. They expressed these rhythms in the musical form now known as the Gandharva Veda. According to Vedanta, the vibrations of these beautiful melodies harmonize the body and the surrounding environment, promoting peace and well-being.
During a Gandharva massage treatment, the therapist uses the healing vibrations of a crystal singing bowl to restore your body’s balance and release energetic blockages. When your cells resonate in harmony with your whole being, you experience vibrant health and joy.
The Gandharva also incorporates marma therapy – a timeless Ayurvedic technique for energy cleansing and rebalancing. Marma points are the junction points between consciousness and matter, between your body and the outside world. Ayurveda focuses on the most sensitive marma points – the 107 marmas located on the skin. Although they are invisible to the eye, marmas can be stimulated through gentle touch, which is profoundly soothing. Marma therapy promotes the flow of your inner intelligence, establishing balance throughout your entire physiology.
As with all of the Ayurvedic massage treatments offered at the Chopra Center, when you receive a Gandharva, your therapist will use natural oils and herbs that provide optimal balance and healing for your specific mind-body constitution.
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