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FHT Vice President Mary Dalgleish provides an introduction to marma massage with a self-help routine for the faceAyurveda, meaning ‘science of life’, is the ancient healing system of India.

Marma therapy, an important aspect of Ayurveda, focuses on balancing the subtle energy (prana) of the body to support healing and maintain health and wellbeing.
It involves the manipulation of 107 different points that are considered access points to the body, mind, and spirit. These marma points are located all over the body, and being generally larger and less specific than reflexology or acupressure points, it’s very easy to massage these yourself.

DIY marma massage for the face
As busy therapists, it’s important that we take a little time to look after our own health and wellbeing. Even spending a few minutes each day massaging your own face can make a huge difference to how you look and feel. Your eyes and skin will appear brighter, and you may help alleviate headaches and sinus problems, too. Try this simple routine and see for yourself:
First cleanse your face and neck and apply a small amount of your favourite facial oil, massaging it gently over the entire area.
Work on each of the points shown below, massaging these gently with your finger(s), three times in each direction.
Finish by pinching and tapping all over your face and neck and then thoroughly massaging your ears and scalp.
Facial marma points

1. STHAPANI (support) – clears the mind
2. AVARTA (calamity) – eye tension
3. SHANKA (temple) – tension headaches, memory
4. UTKSHEPA (upwards) – emotional tension
5. APANGA (outer eye corner) – sinuses, photophobic headaches
6. PHANA (serpent’s hood) – sinus congestion
7. SHRINGATAKA (where 4 roads meet) – tongue, nose, eyes and ears
8. USTA (mouth) – alertness, libido, appetite suppression
9. VIDHURA (distress) – all ear problems
10. MANYA (honour) – circulation, taste, voice
11. SIRA MATRIKA (mother of blood vessels/ carotid arteries) – blood flow to the head
12. NILA (dark blue/jugular veins) – thyroid, speech, circulation from brain

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This self-help feature was first published in International Therapist, the membership magazine of the FHT, which was a finalist for the Best Association Magazine category of the 2018 Association Excellence Awards. Find out more about membership at fht.org.uk or call 023 8062 4350 for an informal chat with the FHTTeam.