Ayurvedic Marma Points Massage or Marma Therapy is based on manipulating so-called Marma points (in the Indian Tamil Nadu state called Varma points), which are junction points in/on the body that connect energy and matter (or mind and body, if you wish). One could see these Marma points as acupressure points or acupoints, and generally, 107 or 108 main Marma points are recognized, which are spread across the body.
It’s thought that the knowledge of Marma points came into existence because of the Indian martial arts warriors in ancient times who used special points (or Bindu) to disable or kill enemy fighters or, by contrast, to heal or speedup recovery from injuries.
Marma points can be manipulated with acupressure, circular movements on the points, stretches, and Yogic exercises to cure physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses or discomforts. Marma points are the “doors” or “windows” where Pranic energy that runs through the Nadis (energy channels) enters the physical body.
Each Marma point has different effects on various parts of the body and corresponds to specific functions and bodily tissues. Marma massage therapy aims at clearing energy stagnation in Marma points (and thus in the Nadis) to stimulate free energy flow to corresponding body parts. Seven special Marma points have major significance and correspond to the seven Chakras.
Typically, during the Marma massage, aromatic oils, herbal oils and creams are used to increase the benefits of the massage.
Benefits of Marma therapy are thought to be immunity enhancement, emotional and trauma release, invigoration, pain relief, digestion improvement, toxin release, better sleep, increased blood circulation, alleviation of stress and anxiety, strengthening of internal organs, and balancing the doshas, among other benefits.