Marma Therapy Course in Rishikesh, India

Marma Therapy Course in Rishikesh, India

Marma are the vital areas of the body. The word Marma comes from Sanskrit origin word ‘mri’ meaning death. The Sanskrit phrase, ‘Marayate Iti Marmani’, also means death or serious damage to body or health after infliction to the point of their situation. Hence these areas are called Marma. In ‘siddha’ system of medicine they are called ‘Varma’.
Marma in Sanskrit means hidden or secret. By definition, a Marma point is a junction on body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints.
During ancient times, knowledge of Marma was known to kings and warriors. It was applied in battle fields to hit and achieve maximum lethal effect on enemies. This science was used both in warfare and surgery. From common ailments to serious neuromuscular diseases, all can be treated by Marma therapy.
Common ailments like headache, body ache, faulty spinal alignment, pain in the joints can be rejuvenated through Marma Chikitsa, which involves Swedana, Abhayanga, Pizhichil, and Kizhi (bolus) treatment. Kizhi treatment is a therapy wherein herbs are slightly fried, wrapped in muslin cloth and tied to make a bolus, heated in medicinal oils in a frying pan and placed on the area to be treated. This is followed by specific massage using fingers, heel or palm. The pressure application varies according to the nature of ailment and the point of application.

Sushruta Samhita describes 107 Marma points in body. In Tamil traditions, 108 Marma points are enumarated and in Kalari tradition of kerala 365 Marma points are in practice. Major marma points correspond to seven Chakras, or energy centers of the body, while minor points radiate out along the trunk and limbs. The points cover both the front and back of the body, including 22 on the lower extremities, 22 on the arms, 12 on the chest and stomach, 14 on the back, and 37 on the head and neck. (The mind is considered the 108th Marma.) Each has its own name based on their anatomical position.
The human body, needs shodhana (revitalisation) in order to perform its function normally and efficiently. In Ayurvedic system, especially in Kerala, Marma massage is performed as a routine in preventive medicine. A professional therapist isolates Marma points and tone them by increasing blood flow to affected part of the neuro-muscular junction. They also aim to tone the surrounding muscles.

Kannan Ji (Anatomy & Physiology Teacher)

M. E. Kannan Ji who is well knowledgeable in Anatomy and Physiology, proud to say that he is originally from South India, Tamil Nadu. He has spent the past 8 years in practicing and teaching Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Ayurveda & Varma/Marma Therapy which he gathered from traditional practitioners of Tamil Nadu & Kerala. He teaches Anatomy and Physiology in such a way that, it combines modern anatomy with yogic principles to live an independent healthy life. He is also mastered in Classical Indian Martial Arts "Kalaripayattu" which is very ancient and dynamic form of yoga which is famous in Kerala, India.



Marma-point massage dates back to southern India year 1500 BC. Masters of kalari, an ancient martial art, first discovered the power of Marma points. In battle, kalari fighters targeted an opponent's Marma point as a way to inflict pain and injury. According to kalari lore, people have 12 Marma points that, when hit with a knockout blow, can cause instant death. These areas were so important that soldiers even use armour to protect their horses' Marma points while riding into battle.
Wounded kalari fighters were nursed back to health with Marma therapy. Practitioners used Marma-point massage to stimulate healing in areas that corresponded to the injuries. For blow to intestines, for example, the Marma point on the back of calf, which correspond with the transverse part of large intestine, is massaged to trigger flow of energy to induce healing. Ayurvedic physicians, all over India learnt the importance of this art and hired kalari masters in hospitals to teach. Soon, Marma-point training became mandatory for surgeons, who worked around specific points to prevent risk to life. Today marma-point massage is still a respected component of Ayurvedic healing.

Live Date of Marma Therapy Course:

Course Date Course Fees
(With Food & Room)
Course Fees
(only Course)
05th Aug to 17th Aug 2019 600 USD 400 USD
02nd Sep to 14th Sep 2019 700 USD 500 USD
01st Oct to 13th Oct 2019 700 USD 500 USD
04th Nov to 16th Nov 2019 700 USD 500 USD
09th Dec to 21st Dec 2019 700 USD 500 USD
01st Jan to 10th Jan 2020 700 USD 500 USD
01st Feb to 13th Feb 2020 700 USD 500 USD
09th Mar to 21th Mar 2020 700 USD 500 USD
06th Apr to 18th Apr 2020 700 USD 500 USD
04th May to 16th May 2020 700 USD 500 USD
01st Jun to 13th Jun 2020 600 USD 400 USD
29th Jun to 11th Jul 2020 600 USD 400 USD
05th Aug to 17th Aug 2020 600 USD 400 USD
07th Sep to 19th Sep 2020 700 USD 500 USD
05th Oct to 17th Oct 2020 700 USD 500 USD
02nd Nov to 14tn Nov 2020 700 USD 500 USD
07th Dec to 19th Dec 2020 700 USD 500 USD


There are four basic purposes of Marma:

It removes blocks in energy channels called shrotas.It pacifies vata dosha, (air and space elements ), bringing it to its normal path— especially vyana vata, (a sub-dosha which controls the autonomic nervous system.) It creates physical, mental and emotional flexibility. Because of ama (toxins) and because of vata, human beings after 35 or 40 years of age become rigid — and this happens to animals and plants as well. As vata increases in body, it leads to degeneration. This rigidity means becoming fixed in ideas, emotions and physical movements. This gentle treatment creates an opportunity to experience powerful and dynamic transformation at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level by building a positive link with the unconscious mind. Many a times, people are not able to go outside their ‘comfort zone’. They think they have absolute limitations. After Marma is done, they can start taking positive risks.


Muscular and joint painFrozen jointsMuscular strainRespiratory conditionsDigestion and elimination problemsNervous system disordersHeadaches and migrainesGeneral aging problemsGlandular tissuesAnxiety and depressionStress response, fears and phobiasConfusion, memory loss and mental focusLow energy and fatigueBreaking through limited belief systems


To name a few diseases in which Marma chikitsa is highly appreciated in giving cure are :

Paralysis Sciatic, pain MigraineTremors Diabetic, neuropa thy Muscular twitching & crampsTrigeminal NeuralgiaFacial or Bell's palsy Urinary incontinence Lumbar Spondilitis Lumbar Spondilolisthesis (Disc bulge or prolapse) Cervical Spondilitis Cervical Spondilolisthesis (Disc bulge or prolapse)Frozen shoulder (periarthritis)Carpal tunnel syndromeMuscular and joint pain Frozen joints Muscular strain Respiratory conditions Digestion and elimination problems
Marma Chikitsa is an important aspect of Ayurvedic treatment where the application of pressure on these Marma points induces the flow of vital energy (prana) along a complex system of subtle channels called (nadis). Based on the knowledge enumerated in Dhanurveda ( dealing with knowledge of bow and arrow fights), 107 therapeutic Marma points are recognised by Ayurveda. The injury to some of these lethal Marma points can lead to instant death. Massage is widely applied in the treatment of Marmas.


In summary, stimulating or massaging Marma points give benefits to the area of the location and improves the function of the connecting organs. The Marma massage is approximately of 60 to 90 minutes of duration, followed by steam bath or warm shower. Given above is only a brief outline of Marma massage. Ideally, Marma massage should be performed by experienced therapists, in consultation of a qualified ayurvedic physician. The Marma massage can be used as a part of a rejuvenation therapy or it could be used as preventive measure from unwanted conditions. Either way, Marma massage is really useful to help improve or maintain a healthy balance.
Thus healing through Marma abhayangam affects the chakras, Physical health and doshas. The purpose of Marma Abhayangam is to stimulate the various body organs and systems.
Marma therapy focuses on energizing the body to relieve occupational illness and stress related diseases. Often, it helps the couples to re-establish harmony in marital life. Here, Kalari master is the spiritual Guru, Counsellor and physiotherapist all rolled into one. Marma Chikitsa (therapeutic treatment) is an offshoot of Kalaripayattu; Kerala's martial art.

Marma Therapy Course in Rishikesh, India- Daily Schedule

Marma Therapy Course schedule is designed in very balanced way and comprehensive way that it keeps the student in contemplation of the subject throughout the day and also some the personal time. The schedule is the best integration of theory and practice of Marma Therapy. It also allows the student to stay energetic for all the classes. The daily schedule of the Marma Therapy course as follows:

Schedule 5:30 AM To 12:30 PM

Early to bed and early to rise, keep your body and mind healthy and wise as well as cultivating yogic discipline. Wake up early, with taking shower and morning ginger lemon tea is served to provide energy for the day!

Beginning the day with Mantra Chanting by surrendering to God the first thing we have to do. Chanting Mantra for spiritual awakening and calming the mind towards creating positivity for the rest of the day. Each day, waking up is already a gift!

The word "Prana" stands for life force and this is believed to be the vital energy that enliven the body. This also serves as the link between the physical observance and the mind. ... Once the breath is still, your mind faculty is shut down.

Marma in Sanskrit means hidden or secret. By definition, a Marma point is a junction on body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints.

Enjoy the morning and a delicious breakfast lightweight with daily fruits, cereals, breads, herbal tea and Indian breakfast as well

Sushruta Samhita describes 107 Marma points in body. In Tamil traditions, 108 Marma points are enumarated and in Kalari tradition of kerala 365 Marma points are in practice.

Schedule 11:00 AM To 9:00 PM

Enjoy the delicious yogic food from our kitchen, Indian Vegetarian food, with rice, local vegetables, lentils, salads.

The evening Yoga class, will be in a little flow Vinyasa comprising some advance postures gradually added by third or fourth week to make you more sweats, detoxify and refreshed.

The Meditation class by end of the day - helps to bring complete relaxation, after all day of classes. In every day and week different way of Meditation techniques are taught such as sitting, standing, dancing, sleeping – Silence, Candle, Osho dynamic, Yoga Nidra, Mantra Chanting and Chakra Meditation.

Dinner is served in Indian style mostly– chapatti, vegetables and yummy delicious soup of the day. In order to pamper our International students not to get bored with same cuisine, we are also serving Chinese cuisine - noodles, Western cuisine – pasta, macaroni, spaghetti or burgers.

Students may take a walk after dinner and however Ashram door will be closed by 9.00pm the latest – it’s the bedtime now – as early to bed helps early to rise.

Eligibility: No prior knowledge required.