Marmas are vital, subtle energy centres within our body. They are storehouses of life breath or pranic energy. Any external force exerted on these marma points can cause serious problems, including death. In fact, marmas are not structural organs like heart, lungs or liver. Rather, they are sensitive areas located at the junctions of bones, muscles, and nerves.
According to Ayurveda experts, the Marma therapy is a combination of medicines, fracture management and manipulation. There are at least 107 marma points on the body, and they are similar to the meridians in acupuncture and acupressure. Applying healing therapy on these points can cure several illnesses and ailments.
Ayurveda gives a lot of prominence to Marma therapy in treating various illnesses. However, modern science is yet to realize the concept of marma or marma injury. An expert in Marma therapy can identify injuries through signs and symptoms on the body. For instance, an injury on the Urvi marma (located on the thigh), may result in constant belching. By applying a special pressure on the thigh, the belching can be stopped, without medications. It shows the link between energy transmissions and various body parts.
An injury to the marma due to external factors like accidents or a fall can be treated with medicines, therapy and manipulation techniques such as counter thrust on other body parts. In case of a head injury, there can be symptoms of giddiness and vomiting. These are treated with application of special oil therapy on the head.
However, the pressure applied on marma points also helps in dealing with hypertension, stomach aches, neurological problems, gastritis, and so on. For instance, pressure applied on a particular point under the feet helps in controlling migraine.
Through years of practice, ayurveda has discovered that symptoms such as nervousness and anxiety, numbness or metallic taste in the mouth, light headedness, stress at work or home, lack of energy and general weakness, tingling sensation in the fingertips and toes, and muscular aches and points can all be treated through Marma therapy. This is because massaging the marma points gives benefits to the area of their location and improves functioning of the connecting organs. The marma massage, by itself takes 60 to 90 minutes duration, followed by steam bath or a warm shower.
Marma points should be protected. The body itself has a natural mechanism to protect them. However, Marma therapy requires a lot of practical expertise and skill for effective results. For performing Marma therapy or Marma massages, first consult a qualified ayurvedic physician and then get it done by experienced therapists. Marma therapy can also be used as a rejuvenation therapy or a preventative measure to keep away unwanted illnesses.