1. WhaAC4t differentiates Ayurvedic Massage from other massage styles?
  2. What is a marma point?
  3. What are the benefits of Ayurvedic massage?
  4. Are there any reasons why I can’t have an Ayurvedic Massage?
  5. Do I need to prepare anything?

1. What differentiates Ayurvedic Massage from other massage styles?

Ayurvedic Massage is unique for the following reasons:

  1. Dosha Constitution.  An Ayurvedic Massage begins with a short consultation in which questions will be asked about lifestyle, diet and health etc, in which the client’s Vikruti (doshic imbalance) will be determined.
  2. Oils.  Base and therapeutic oils will be selected according to the client’s particular needs.  These oils will be the most beneficial in bringing your doshic constitution back into balance.
  3. Marma Points.  During the massage, pressure is placed on specific marma (vital) points located throughout the body.  This acts to balance the three body humours – Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
Some treatments also incorporate the use of Pinda Sweda (heated rice and herb packs) and chakra-balancing techniques.  These unique methods help to cleanse, rejuvenate, strengthen and heal the body.


ac192. What is a marma point?

Harish Johari, in Ayurvedic Massage (1996), defines the marmas as follows:

According to the Sushruta Samhita, there are 107 marmas in the human body.  Marmas refer to the firm junctures or meeting points of the five organic principles: mansa (muscles), sira (vessels), snayu (ligaments), asthi (bones), and sandhi (joints).  These junctures form the seats of the vital life force or prana.  At these junctures, the four classes of sira – nerves, arteries, veins and lymph – enter the organism to carry nutrients and moisture.  These vessels carry vayu; blood, and pitta and kapha when they are dominant; and kapha respectively.

By working with the marmas during massage, toxins can be released, thereby helping to achieve an electrochemical balance, or a balance of the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in the body.


3. What are the benefits of Ayurvedic Massage?Metaphysical Symbols

  1. Removes old age (Jarahar)
  2. Removes fatigue (Shram Har)
  3. Removes excess wind (Vata Har)
  4. Improves eyesight (Dristhi Prasad Kar)
  5. Strengthens the body (Pusthi Kar)
  6. Increases longevity (Ayus Kar)
  7. Induces sleep and dreams (Swapna Kar)
  8. Strengthens the skin (Twak Dridh Kar)
  9. Aids resistance to disharmony and disease (Klesh Sahattwa)
  10. Soothes ailments caused by wind and mucus (Vata-Kapha Nirodhak)
  11. Improves the texture of the skin (Mrija Varn Bal Prad)

 Doshic specific ailments:









Are there any reasons why I can’t have an Ayurvedic Massage?

There are some circumstances where a massage isn’t appropriate.


  1. The client has just eaten a full meal.  Please make sure that you have eaten a full meal approximately two hours prior to your appointment.  If you eat too close to the massage it may cause discomfort and tiredness.  If you have an empty stomach it can cause light-headedness.
  2. The client is intoxicated.
  3. The client has an infectious disorder such as cold or flu, or fever.  The massage will exacerbate symptoms.
  4. The client suffers from phlegm/congestion/cold disorder.
  5. The client suffers from Varicose Veins.  The practitioner will not be able to massage the affected areas of the body.  Alternatives, such as upper body and head and face massage are fine however.

It is important that clients share any illnesses or disabilities that may be a risk, such as high or  low blood pressure.  Please do inform the practitioner of any illnesses or disorders that may be aggravated by the massage.  If you are on medication, ensure that the correct medication has been taken as normal.

The practitioner may refuse or postpone administering the massage if any of the above contraindications apply.


Do I need to prepare anything?

  • Ensure that you have eaten a full meal approximately 2 hours prior to the appointment.  A massage on a full stomach will make you feel tired, and on an empty stomach you may feel light-headed.
  • If you are booked in for a full body massage, you will be asked to strip down to your underwear.  Make sure you select an oil-friendly pair…
  • If you are booked in for a head and facial massage, please take note that oils will be used.  As there are no showers at the clinic I’d recommend bringing a hat if you have to go out in public afterwards!  If, however, you have nothing planned for the rest of the evening then leave the oil in over night for added benefits to scalp and hair.
  • For the initial appointment there will be a short consultation, where the practitioner will ask a few, informal questions about current lifestyle, and any health concerns.  Whilst there’s no reason to prepare as such, it can be helpful if you spend a few days paying attention to your daily routine – sleep and eating patterns, any aches and pains, etc.


And that’s about it!  If you have any more specific questions or concerns that aren’t addressed on this page then please send an email to: laura@ayurvedacorner.co.uk