What Is The Marma Points Therapy?

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to life and living which has been practised in India for more than 3,000 years. Marma points therapy is a facet of Ayurveda in which certain points in the body are believed to have an impact on one’s health when inflicted or stimulated. 

Marma points can be defined as meeting points in the body between tissues. These may be joints, veins, muscles, ligaments, and bones. In scientific terms, these points are neurolymphatic points which help in stimulating the removal of lymph from the body. This enables the body’s organs to perform efficiently and effectively. 

Marma when translated into Sanskrit means ‘killing point’. It is believed that Marma points can cause death when inflicted. However, they can have several beneficial effects when properly massaged or stimulated. [1]

107 Marma Points

Ayurveda believes that there are 107 Marma points in the body. These points are located on both the front and back of the body. The mind is considered the 108th Marma. Here are the different locations of Marma points:

  • 37 points on the neck and head
  • 22 points on the arms
  • 12 points on the stomach and chest
  • 14 points on the back
  • 22 points on the lower part of the body

How do Marma Points Work?

It is believed that when stimulated in the form of gentle massage, Marma points can open the energy points in the body known as Srothas. This happens through a change in the biochemical composition of the body. 

Massaging a Marma point can remove old or stale energy from the body and signal the body to produce healing hormones and neurochemicals. This promotes the production of good energy or Prana and healing of the mind and consciousness which leads to spiritual wellbeing. [2]

Marma Points Therapy Benefits

In Marma points therapy, the Marma points are usually massaged with the help of oils such as sesame, coconut, almond oil, etc, depending on the person’s Dosha type. Massaging Marma points can bring about a host of benefits. [3] Here are some of the benefits of Marma points therapy:

  • Relieves stiff muscles
  • Promotes healthy skin and improves complexion
  • Balances the three Doshas (air, water, and earth) and regulates body temperature
  • Helps in detoxifying the body from impurities
  • Helps in pain relief
  • Improves the functioning of organs 
  • Helps the body produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin and oxytocin which reduce mental fatigue and stress


Marma points therapy is known to have an invigorating and vitalizing effect on the body. It allows the proper flow of Prana in the body and as the old Prana exits the body, it has an effect on the physical, spiritual, emotional and mental states of the body which promotes an overall sense of wellbeing. Marma points therapy should only be practised by a licensed practitioner who has experience with Ayurveda.

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