Ayurveda includes a type of acupressure that uses "marma points" as pressure or energy points. These points are located throughout the body and some people believe they are related to Chinese acupuncture points.
Our Bodhi Yoga Restorative Parnter Yoga manual explains it this way:
"A marma is a vital life force/energy point located on the surface of the body. Marmas are considered vital because they are infused with Prana (life force)...Within the physical body energy flows along an intricate series of channels called nadis, chakras, etc...the marma points are larger pools from which Prana both collects and springs out. "
There are marma points all over our bodies, from the toes to the top of the head. They are divided into 18 regions.
Palming releases tension and aids circulation.
Rubbing rebalances the Prana and doshas.
Holding soothes and grounds the energy.
Kneading, patting and cupping release buildup of Pranic congestions.
Marma work restores balance to the autonomic nervous system and can release endorphins.
My experience is that children love Marma point work.