Marma Chikitsa is a powerful tool of Ayurveda, the mother of all healing systems. Marma means ‘key point’ and refers to the vulnerable spots in our bodies. The application of pressure at these points induces a flow of the vital energy known as ‘prana’ along a complex system called ‘nadis’. These the pressure points within the body are usually close to the skin surface, where important nerves form junctures with muscles fibers, veins, bones and joints. There are total 108 marma points in the body in which 64 are considered as kulamarma or deadly points which can be used either to heal or to harm the body. The mind is considered as the 108th marma. The other 107 marma points are distributed among muscles, vessels, ligaments, bones and joints and are called Mamsa Marma, Sira Marma, Snayu Marma, Asthi Marma and Sandhi Marma respectively. These marma points are centers of vitality and intelligence. They are infused with life force and imbued with consciousness. Their healing effect on the body is far reaching because they serve as ‘portals’ to the body’s inherent wisdom and healing energy The injury to some of these lethal marma points can lead to instant death, so the treatment must be done only by trained Ayurveda professionals.
Why Marma Chikitsa?
Marma Chikitsa actually releases and guides the flow of energy within the body to create pathways of inner healing. It has four basic purposes. The first is to remove blocks in the energy channels. The second is to bring the doshas or the body’s vital energies into harmony. The third purpose is to remove physical, mental and emotional rigidity, whether it is rigidity of ideas, feelings or movements. Finally Marma Chikitsa presents an opportunity to experience powerful and dynamic transformation, to go outside one’s comfort zone and to explore new horizons.
Marma Chikitsa is basically a neuromuscular and orthopedic science. Oil therapy is an important part of the treatment, and warm medicated oils are applied in large amounts all over the body, with special focus on the marma points and trouble spots. Many different types of medicinal and herbal oils are used. The Western Ghats in Kerala, the lush green state in South India, are rich in unique herbs with special healing powers that are used for Marma Chikitsa. The world’s leading practitioners of Marma Chikitsa are therefore found in Kerala, which has been considered to be the home of Ayurveda for the past 5000 years.
A Non-Surgical Option
Marma Chikitsa is used to treat a wide range of diseases through the most sophisticated and unmatched manipulation and massage techniques. Dislocation of shoulder, ankle or knee can be corrected by manipulative methods without surgical intervention. Similarly, conditions like disc prolapse, cervical spondylosis and frozen shoulder can be corrected non- surgically too. It has also been proved that paralysis and musculo-skeletal deformities can be corrected by sustained therapeutic procedures of Marma Chikitsa. To put it in a nutshell, Marma Chikitsa is a non-invasive treatment that invokes the self-healing powers inherent in the human being. It does so by working with 108 subtle and sensitive energy points to open energy channels in the body and produces a healing effect that induces total well being.