Marma Chikitsa is a significant aspect of the AYURVEDIC treatments. Marmas are specific points on the body where the application of pressure induces the flow of vital energy (prana) along a complex system of subtle channels called (nadis). Based on the knowledge enumerated in Dhanur Veda (deals in martial art), ayurveda recognizes about 107 therapeutic marma points. The injury to some of these lethal marma points can lead to instant death. Massage is widely applied in the treatment of marmas.
Thus healing through marma abhayangam affects the chakras, Physical health and the doshas. The purpose of a marma Abhayangam is to stimulate the various body organs and systems.
India’s traditional martial arts and cultural practices are still remaining in different parts of the world. The ayodana kala, ’Kalari Payattu’ is more prevalent among these. Kalari marma treatment is a well known traditional method prevalent in kerala which is used mostly in kalari payattu.
Before practicing other techniques students are advised to put special kalrai mukoot oil all over the body and kacha( special cloth) to be tied over the waist in sequence for attaining ‘mayvazhakkam’ and reduce the risks of lower back sprain and ‘nadipizhavu’. This technique of using oil is used in varshakala kalari massage and nadi thalarcha. The method of tying ‘kacha’ is used in bandaging lower back in disc bulges and postpartum care. This ensures that the knowledge that the kalari is not just a martial art but also a treatment modality is benumbed in it.