What is Marma Point Therapy?

Marma point therapy is an energy healing practice within the 5000-year-old Ayurvedic system of healing. It is commonly believed to have been the foundation for later point therapies such as acupuncture, acupressure, and reflexology due to the elaborate energetic matrix at its’ core. Marma points are often referred to as the junction points of consciousness and matter.

Where it began…

The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda says 72,000 channels of circulating life force flow into the physical body, like the ‘rivers of life’. Prana is the vital life force that governs all the physical and subtle processes of a living being. The points at which prana exits these ‘rivers of life’ and enters the physical body are known as marma points. Thus, marma points connect the intangible energetic body to the tangible physical body.

How Marma Point Therapy works

There are 108 marma points—107 on the physical body and one in the mind. Physically, the marma points are found where tendons, bones, muscles, joints, veins, nerves, and other tissues meet.

As Prana signifies live electricity flowing through the body, the Prana of the therapist is bound to interact with that of the subject. That means the exact location of the Marmas depend on the Prana of both the therapist and the subject. The marma points are not simply a fixed physical site.

The identification of Marmas may not be a simple physiological definition but a matter of long-term practice and concentration. This is one of the reasons for the slight variations in the methods of Marma Point Therapy adopted by different practitioners.

Each marma point corresponds to a specific vayu (function of prana), dosha (constitutional type), dhatu (bodily tissue), and srota (physical channel).


This service is provided by Mel Nadeau who is a Wellness Coach, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Energy/Bodyworker, Postpartum Doula and Nurse with over 20 years experience working in the field of natural health. You can learn more about her Bodywork Therapy services HERE and more about Mel as a practitioner HERE.

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