Marma Chikitsa

What is marma chikitsa?    It is a process that works with the 108 subtle and sensitive points on the head, face & body to open channels in the body called strotras. These points are junctions where tendon, nerve, blood or lymph structures merge.

“Marma’s effects are profound and can create dramatic shifts in the body.  And what are the side effects?  You have to live a long life with energy, enthusiasm and tranquility!”  Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of The Ayurvedic Institute 

It was developed as a pressure point technique in Ayurvedic physical therapy treatments over 5,000 – 7,000 years ago. 


There are four basic purposes of marma:

1) Pressure point system softens and releases tension blocks in channels called strotras

2)  It pacifies vata dosha, (nervous system hyper activity), bringing it to its normal path— and regulating the autonomic nervous system.

3) It creates physical, mental and emotional flexibility.  Because of ama (toxins) and because of vata, human beings become rigid in mind and body — and this happens to animals and plants too.  As vata increases in our body, we experience degeneration.  

4)  This gentle treatment creates an opportunity to regulate breathing patterns by building a positive links with the unconscious mind.  

Marma is beneficial for many conditions, including the following: 

  • Muscular and joint pain
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Digestion and elimination problems
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Headaches 
  • Anxiety and depression