The purpose of Marma Abhayangam is to stimulate the various body organs and systems. Marma therapy focuses on energizing the body to relieve occupational illness and stress related diseases.
A marma point is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints. Although Marma points are much more than a casual connection of tissue and fluids, they are points of the vital life force.
There are said to be 107 marma points on the body, each serving a particular purpose, and each with its own name and specific way of massaging it. Different oils are used depending upon each person’s Ayurvedic dosha type.
The points cover both the front and back of the body, including
- 22 on the lower extremities
- 22 on the arms
- 12 on the chest and stomach
- 14 on the back, &
- 37 on the head and neck
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Marma points are the seats of Jeeva or life. This means that Marmas are important points where the life element exists. Essential oils and Aromatic oils applied on Marma points have powerful effects upon the Marmas, serving to radiate their influence to the different channels, organs and systems of the body and mind.
Marma points are the seats of Jeeva or life.
The oils can penetrate deep into the Marmas and adjust the energy level and frequency of Marmas. They can reduce excess doshas and bring in the subtle healing energies of primary vitality (Prana), primary radiance (Tejas) and immune power (Ojas).
Applying essential oils on the Marma points gives a kind of quick or instant relief. This is particularly good for acute conditions or if one does not have the time for a full treatment. Use cool and sedative oils like sandalwood to relieve pain, inflammation or irritation at the site. Touch these particular Marma points for pain relief. Use warming and stimulating oils like cinnamon or eucalyptus to remove cold and stiffness and promote circulation. Various pain balms like Tiger balm, which contain mainly camphor, menthol or wintergreen can be used in this way as well.
The choice of essential oils for Marma point massage will depend on the function of that Marma point, as well as the type of disorder the person is suffering from. Correctly selected Marma oils will intensify the effect of the Marma therapy.
Even when you apply the oil locally, without targeting the specific Marma point, it often has a profound effect. Soft and flowing strokes are used in the massage to help to stimulate the blocked energies and thus help the prana flow freely within the body. When the blocked energies are removed, it helps one to relax and promotes both physical and psychological relaxation.