What is the MA Roller?
The MA Roller is a tool for healing and awareness, gleaned from the teachings of ancient China. It was invented in 1970 by a Chinese practitioner of acupuncture, who is also a student of yoga.
The MA Roller gives a gentle stretch to the spine, and a deep massage to the antigravity muscles on the back, along lines of energy known to the science of acupuncture.
How does the MA Roller work?
There are three important lines of energy which the MA Roller stimulates: the central line of the spine, which is gently stretched; and the two lines on either side, on which are found the acupuncture YU points of all the internal organs (see diagram). YU means "to transport". As the YU points are stimulated by deep pressure through the MA Roller, energy from the outer spaces of the cosmos are transported to the inner spaces of the internal organs.
These three lines of energy were known in all ancient cultures. They contain man's most essential energies which can be utilized equally for healing and for his development.
The central line is connected to the central nervous system, that is, the brain and spinal cord and the nerves which issue to the muscles, skin, eyes, ears, nose, and other external sense organs. It is more concerned with the conscious voluntary functions of man.
The two lines on which the YU points lie are connected to the autonomic nervous system. It is this nervous system which regulates the vital functions of the internal organs, the pulsing of the heart, the secretion of the glands, the rhythmic movement of the stomach and intestines and so on. It is concerned with the more unconscious involuntary processes.
These two systems of nerves are related like day to night. They complete a circuit of energies. However, normally speaking, even in a healthy individual there are tensions and blocks everywhere along the circuit. The MA Roller brings in energy to free these tensions and blocks, and restores the natural flow.