One unique feature of Ayurvedic medicine and massage is its generous use of warm, herb-infused oils. Oil massage, known as snehana, comes from the Sanskrit word 'sneha' meaning “oil,” “love” and “compassion”.
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Applying warm oil to the body (according to individual constitution, state of health, and season), and its penetration into deep tissues and small channels, provides:
Marma points are specific places on and in the body where vital physical and energy structures join or intersect. Identified in Āyurveda—notably by the "father of surgery", Sushruta, over 2,500 years ago—when stimulated (in the right place, in the right way, at the right time), marma points are vital portals to:
At least 112 marma points are located throughout the nervous system and body. These can be stimulated through touch or concentration. Specific essential oils are often applied to marma sites to facilitate dosha balance and enhance therapeutic effects.
I can offer Ayurvedic massage and marma therapy to individuals in my local area (Kodaikanal, INDIA). Beyond this I teach the self-application of oil massage (abhyanga), and instruct individuals in the self-stimulation of marma points specific to healing needs.