Acupressure / Marma Vidhya

Acupressure (from Latin acus “needle” + pressure). Acupressure is an ancient healing art using power and sensitivity of the hand and the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. It is based on the concept of life energy which flows through “meridians” in the body. Physical pressure is applied to trigger points with the aim of clearing blockages in these meridians. Pressure may be applied by hand, or with various devices.

Varma kalai (Sanskrit: marma vidhya) is a Indian word meaning “art of vital points”. It is a component of traditional massage, medicine, and martial arts in which the body’s pressure points (marma) are manipulated to heal or cause harm. The healing application is used to treat patients suffering from paralysis, nervous disorder, spondylitis and other conditions.

Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care for boosting the immune system. Acupressure releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain, and develops spirituality and vibrant health

Acupressure Points (Marma)

Acupressure points ( marma) have a high electrical conductivity at the surface of the skin, and thus conduct and channel healing energy most effectively. In Japan, the life force is termed Ki, and channeling healing energy is called Reiki. Yoga practices refer to the body’s life force as prana or pranic energy. These terms all relate to the same universal healing energy, which exists in our environment, and links us to all forms of life.

According to Ayurveda we have 108 Marma in our body. Their number on each part of the body is as follows.


 Part of Human body 

25From head to neck
45From neck to navel
9From navel to arm


The 12 Meridians

They are the body’s healing energy pathways.  Marma are the points where vital energy gets blocked on the meridians, and where you can most effectively release the resulting tension, numbness, or pain by giving pressure on these marma’s. As healing energy flows through the meridians, it governs blood circulation and harmonizes all functions of the body.

These life-force channels govern the functions of all body systems, such as the nervous, digestive, endocrine, vascular, lymphatic, and reproductive systems. The way energy flows through the meridians results in wellness or disease. Meridian blockages can cause all kinds of human suffering. However, when the life force flows through the meridians in a balanced way, health, harmony, and happiness results. Meridian massage therapy moves this life energy through the meridians to improve flow and balance.


There are several different instruments for applying nonspecific pressure by rubbing, rolling, or applying pressure by the fingers. some of them are listed below:-

  • Acuball
  • Energy roller
  • Foot roller
  • Pyramid mat
  • Spine roller


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