#36alive 291: Relieve Calf Tension With This Marma Point

Derived from Ayurvedic medicine, Marma points are a little like Acupuncture or Acupressure points – they help change physical and subtle aspects of a part of the body, and aim to bring all the systems into balance.

Tight calf muscles are common among those who either use them a lot or a little. Running, cycling, driving and sitting for long periods can all make calf muscles tight, which can then contribute to hamstring pain and tightness, and limited ankle mobility.

Indra Basti is a marma point located in the center of the calf muscle, but also in the center of the forearm. Stimulating this point in the leg by massaging it gently but firmly in circular motions can go a long way towards helping relieve muscular tension, but also works as a way to enhance the flow of blood throughout the body. The calves are also an important link to the heart; if they’re working well to pump blood through the body whilst exercising or even walking, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard, and the risk of issues as serious as heart attack can be dramatically decreased!

SO, if you’ve under or over using your calves, or if they feel a little tight, use your own hands to help reduce tightness and boost circulation.

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