KALARI AYURVEDA : A LEGACY
This Kalari Ayurveda Massage is a branch of Indian medicine called as “science of life“ that has developed over years and years of observation and experience also acknowledges the importance of cleansing the body through the massage of the marma (vital points) present in different points of a human body.
This ancient system of ‘Kalari Uzhichil’, meaning Kalari (ayurveda) Massage is practiced since thousands of years in its most traditional manner in various parts of southern India. It is passed on from one generation to another by word of mouth from a Guru to her shishya and other people in the field.
KALARI AYURVEDA MASSAGE : THE INCEPTION
This Ayurvedic system of treatment in kalari was initially formulated by our learned ancestors specially for healing the practitioners and students of their injuries occurred during the kalari vidya abhyaas (practice of martial art) as well as to maintain their general well being physically and mentally that is required as a fighter. But gradually this form of technique for healing the acute and severe ailments of body got attention amongst the masses because of its scope and benefits and thus people from outside kalari also started inculcating this traditional massage system as a basic way of their life.
The practice of Kalari Ayurvedic massage is also taught to the practitioner of kalari martial art as one of the subsequent advanced stages of Kalaripayattu because by principle, Kalaripayattu is not about martial art alone. In this a shishya is taught to understand her body well , gain awareness about its receptivity to the outer world , as well as to observe and understand the vital points in the body and their functions while learning through fighting and combat techniques.
Therefore, the kalari massage treatment/therapy is always done by an experienced Gurukkal who is also a warrior first. And this is exactly what sets this style of treatment apart because it’s not an easy path to reach such a level in the art that is so raw and authentic.
KALARI AYURVEDA MASSAGE : THE VICTORIOUS ART OF INDIA
With the advent of other modern treatment methods as well as its restricted spread of knowledge via written account, this traditional form of remedy and cure started losing its importance . Even when it started to decline in other parts of the country it continued to thrive in Kerala because of its geographical features that were conducive to the abundantly available natural herbs and good climate that supported the treatment thus making Kerala the paradise of Kalari Ayurveda. Thus, even after all the setbacks the kalari Ayurveda massage continues to be practiced in India and reap results that are not only meritorious but also long lasting and far reaching than modern systems.
Kalari massage/chikitsa focuses its remedy by observing the imbalance caused to the ‘tridosha’ of Kapha , Pitta , Vatta in that particular body and then treating it by applying a particular Thailam (external medicinal oil and herbs) according to the body’s condition and requirement.
Through this thorough style of massage which may last for 7,14 or 21 days, releases all the internal ailments and toxins bringing back the tridosha balance into the body.
KALARI AYURVEDA MASSAGE : BENEFITS
To put it straight, this Kalari Ayurveda Massage therapy treats you off all the:
- Tridosha imbalance
- Knee pain and arthritis related issues
- Back pain and spine related issues
- Sports injuries
- Muscular and orthopaedic diseases
- ERADICATES ALL KINDS OF PAIN IN THE BODY.
It is unfortunate that we as humans are losing faith in the powerful skills that is formulated by our ancestors after immense hard work and observation in the science of human body. In fact in today’s world this treatment is used as a “back up” after exhausting all the other existing modern treatments globally.