Kalari Massage Therapy

There are three massage forms in Kalaripayattu:-
  1. Sukha thirummu: Eliminate pain and muscle soreness, relaxes the body.
  2. Raksha thirummu: For healing and regenerate.
  3. Katcha thirummu: For improving flexibility and stamina, useful when you practice a sport or a dance.

Chavutti-Uzhichil – Sports Massage

Among the various kinds of massages, the Chavutti Thirumal massage therapy is remarkably observed. The literal translation of the words comes down to, “Massage by Foot Pressure”.In this massage, the practitioner uses his feet for the application of the special techniques over the body.  In practice, the therapist suspends his weight from the rope overhead to apply long strokes over the body using his soles and fingers of his feet. The feet used for the massage is just as accurate and efficacious as the hands are.

In Chavutti Thirumal, like any other form of massage, the whole body is smeared with warm oil (medicated usually, according to the purpose) to perform smooth and long strokes over the body. This is usually performed by someone who has the knowledge of the vitals points or the Gurukkal himself, the person who takes massage is made to sit or lie in specific positions for the maximum result. This technique is used as a treatment as well as to attain flexibility in one’s body. This massage is helpful in gaining strength, stamina and flexibility. The Chavutti Thirumal course requires the patient to follow a strict regimen, until its completion.

Kai-Uzhichil – Kalari Massage

Uzhichil is a complete Kalari massage system which rejuvenates the nervous and muscular system of the body and stimulates blood circulation. Uzhichil is the systematic application of pressure on the muscles according to their structure, at the same time stimulating the nervous system and the circulatory system. This is done by oiling and massaging the various parts of the body. The practice was primarily developed for preparing healthy body for Kalaripayattu training; it can also enhance the general fitness of an average man. In Uzhichil the masseur has to have exact knowledge of the vital points (Marma in Ayurveda) Uzhichil is a highly effective treatment method for even spondylitis and back pain and as a supplementary form of treatment which increases vitality and strength. By stimulating the normal energy flow in the body it increases mental sharpness. During the treatment period the patient is required to strictly follow the instructions of the Gurukkal especially in matters of diet.

Course of Treatment

The course of the treatment depends on the condition of the person; it usually is a course of a either 7 or 14 day. It could also be done for 21 days, or a month or more.

Benefits of Kalaripayattu Massage/ Uzhichil

  • Nourishes the body
  • Balances the doshas
  • Supports organs’ functions
  • Improves lymphatic system
  • Common injuries during sports
  • Improves quality of sleep and rest
  • Increasing the body's performance.
  • Strengthens and rejuvenates tissues
  • Improves physical stability, flexibility,
  • Gain mental stability and rejuvenation.
  • Nerve related problems- reducing fatigue
  • Helps remove excess toxins (Ama) in tissues
  • Cleanses any blocked energy from joints and tissues

Effects on Body

Massages cause the skin pores to open up, for the nutrients to pass through. Also, eliminating any blockages so present and thereby removing waste products. It also makes the muscles intake more oxygen which helps it for faster recovery.

Some muscles are covered by tissues while others cannot be stretched in usual ways. The Kalari Massage makes all such muscles and tissues stretch and provide fitness to the body.

These kinds of massages also help heal muscle injuries of the past, which are prone to further damage or pain.

Also helps stretching the hardened tissues due to hard training.

Increases the blood flow to tissues by dilating blood vessels and hence enabling more nutrients to pass through.

Deepens breathing pattern and help the body to maintain mentally active and energetic.

Physiological effects

Pain reduction – The remnants of waste products in the muscle can cause pain. Kalari massage helps this in many ways.

Relaxation – This massage helps the muscles to breathe more, and hence providing the whole body a mode of relaxation.

Psychological effects

Reducing anxiety – Helping the muscles in the body to relax, and thereby the brain, it helps reducing anxiety.Invigorating – With energetic massage movements, the body becomes more healthy, strong and active.Mental concentration – With such unique massage strokes, one can achieve mental concentration and help to free the mind from emotions.