In Ayurvedic massage therapy, the practitioner works with the knowledge of the marmas, or pressure points, and uses massage oils that correspond to the client’s condition. Rather than a massage table, the practitioner creates a massage mat, usually by placing a reed mat upon a futon. The client sits in a cross-legged position. Massage chairs can be used clients not comfortable in this position. This massage technique provides relaxation, circulation and elimination of toxins and can benefit arthritis, rheumatism, neurasthenia, high or low blood pressure, sciatica, paralysis, polio and insomnia.
(Source: Sanatan Society, www.sanatansociety.org)