One of the most common Ayurveda massages is the Marma massage. Marmas are vital points of crucial importance for anatomy and surgery according to the Ayurvedic concept.
Indeed, a Marma point is a point where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet up. There are 107 Marma points throughout the body. As with Acupuncture, these points correspond to internal organs and systems and react to manual stimulation. The Hindu healthcare system uses Marma massage as a routine part of their preventive medicine.
Throughout a Marma massage these points are stimulated thereby promoting physical and mental rehabilitation. A professional therapist isolates the Marma points and cleans them out by increasing the blood flow to the affect part of the neuro-muscular junction. They also aim to tone the surrounding muscles. During the massage, the therapist checks on muscle and nerve reflexes.
Marma massages are very beneficial as preventive method and for patients suffering from e.g. nervousness or anxiety, fatigue or weakness in general, muscular aches and pains.