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2 London Street
Faringdon, England, SN7 7AA
United Kingdom

07940 542181

The Lotus Retreat is a beautiful holistic sanctuary in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.


Ayurvedic Marma Massage

Marma massage is a deeply relaxing and powerful treatment which focusses on 107 vital energy points on the body.

what is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is the natural medical system of ancient India. It is thousands of years old, yet still used across India today to maintain excellent health and provide deep healing to all forms of mental and physical illness. Fundamental to Ayurveda is the concept that we are born with an inherent 'dosha' or body type. There are three main dosha types: vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth and water).

Each of us is a combination of these doshas and the qualities of the doshas explain many aspects of our physiology and personality down to our metabolism, build, sleep patterns and even what foods and environments we like / dislike. Along with diet, herbs and lifestyle, massage is one of the most important healing tools of Ayurveda. Marma massage is thought to be the oldest form of Ayurvedic massage and is beneficial to all dosha types.

Having trained with eminent Ayurvedic doctors in North Kerala, the heart-land of Ayurveda, Carrie and Hari and are very happy to be bringing this healing system to the UK. 

What is Marma massage?

Marma massage is a deeply relaxing and powerful treatment which focusses on 107 vital energy points on the body. These points are significant both on a physical and energetic level. Knowledge of their intricate connection to the systems of the body, the organs and the chakras was discovered over 5000 years ago by Martial artists. Working on these points for health and healing was developed over time by rishis (sages) and Ayurvedic doctors in south India through deep study and meditation. Marma massage It is thought to be one of the greatest healing secrets of Ayurveda. It is only recently that it's knowledge and power is spreading from the villages of northern Kerala across the world.

Benefits of Marma massage

When these marma points become blocked, vital life-force energy - or prana - cannot flow and we start to feel exhausted, out of balance and will eventually become unwell. Conversely when the marma points are massaged and stimulated correctly the entire body and all it's organs are flooded with life-force energy. We become deeply nourished on a cellular and energetic level. We again feel calm and clear - emotionally and physically.

Other benefits of Ayurvedic Marma massage include - increased immunity, improved flexibility and strength, reduced toxicity, improved digestion and circulation and improved positive mental and emotional state. Marma massage is also known in India to slow down the ageing process and prevent disease.

What can I expect during my treatment?

Your treatment will start with a detailed consultation to determine your dosha type and health history. This will allow your practitioner to tailor a massage to your unique needs and use appropriate oils. Knowing your dosha type will give you a profound understanding of yourself on an emotional, mental and physical level. Once your dosha type is diagnosed your practitioner will help you understand what foods, herbs, environments and activities help or hinder your health. You will also gain invaluable insight and respect for your inherent nature.

During your massage your therapist will work on each marma point using a combination of focussed pressure (using both the thumbs and a wooden stick made from palm tree said to draw out negativity), energy work (working on balancing the chakras) and soothing oil based massage. Your treatment will include an Indian Head Massage known to clear negative thoughts and realign the central nervous and hormonal system, and pad Abhyanga - a form of Ayurvedic foot massage similar to reflexology.


Carrie Rossiter

Carrie has 20 years experience in the field of massage, Reiki and reflexology and has trained in both London and India. Her massages are deeply restorative, highly therapeutic and she works with great intuition.

For bookings please contact Carrie by email or by phone on 07940 542181.

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Hari Lambani

Hari has recently moved from India to the UK to live with his partner - Carrie. Hari grew up in South India where Ayurveda and massage was an integral part of his communities health and well-being. He has practiced massage for many years and more recently formalised his knowledge with an in depth training in Marma massage at Greens Ayurvedic hospital - Kerala.

Hari also runs Lotus India Adventures with carrie.

Treatment price

Dosha consultation £25.00 (lasting 20 - 30 minutes)

1.5 hour treatment including Indian Head Massage £75.00