Marmas should be understood as junction or meeting places of the 5 organic principles : ligaments, vessels, muscles, bones and joints, with the four types of vessels being the nerves, lymph, arteries and veins. By making a gentle circular movement with either the forefinger or the middle finger on a marma, toxins can be released and eliminated by the body. A massage practitioner should also work with the marmas to help achieve electrochemical balance in the body.
Many of the marmas or pressure points of ayurvedic massage correspond to those used in Western reflexology and Japanese Shiatsu.
Hereafter an overview of the 107 main marmas in our body according to ayurvedic massage principles :