Ayurveda & Marma Points
Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word meaning knowledge of life, refers to a 5,000 year old system of holistic healing based on several ancient Hindu texts-the sacred Vedic manuscripts and medical information from the Charaka and Sushruta. The foundation of Ayurveda recognizes that (1) everything is composed of five elements-earth, water, fire, air, and sky; (2) harmony exists between living creatures and the environment, with each influencing the other; and (3) health is a way of living to maintain this balance. Ayurveda is a comprehensive system that includes many treatment modalities (e.g. healthy eating, massage, herbs, essential oils, meditation, yoga, and aromatherapy) to readjust the mind-body-consciousness to a natural balance.
Within Ayurvedic principles, the concept of Marma points is very important. Marma means 'hidden' or 'secret' and the location of a Marma point refers to a specific area where physical aspects--ligaments, vessels (e.g. nerves, lymph, arteries, veins), muscles, bones, joints; and subtle aspects--the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha-these are various combinations of the five elements) and prana (vital energy behind all mind-body function) of the mind-body meet. Therefore, massaging Marma points helps to release blocked energy and improves/maintains the flow of subtle energies. A Marma point massage will help balance, relax, and renew the mind-body-consciousness.
According to Ayurvedic texts, there are 107 Marma points throughout the body with 37 located in the head and neck. Several suggested points to massage are shown by the dots in the drawings below. For more information read "Marma Points of Ayurveda: The Energy Pathways for Healing Body, Mind and Consciousness with a Comparison to Traditional Chinese Medicine" by Vassant Lad, B.A.M.S, M.A.Sc. & Anisha Durve, MSOM, Dipl.A., AP.
Place the teeth of the comb on the desired spot, press down to your comfort level and move in a circular or up and down motion while applying light or deep pressure, hold and release to relieve tension.