KALARIPAYATTU MASSAGE PACKAGES
All treatments use the secret ayurvedic knowledge handed down from master to pupil to create the medicinal oils applied during the massage therapy.
Traditionally the feet are used for these therapeutic treatments unless the physical constitution of the patient is at a low level. If massage with the feet is requested, the master will adjust the pressure to accommodate a weak or frail physical constitution.
1 Day Introduction to Kalari Massage
(using the hands or feet)
This is mainly to give the tourist the experience of this ancient healing method. The massage using the hands is for 1 hour. When using the feet to massage the body, 1 hour and 15 minutes is required.
14 Day Kalari Massage
(using hands or feet)
This 7 day treatment requires an additional 7 day relaxation therapy period immediately following. Total treatment period is 14 days .
28 Day Weight Loss Program
Including 14 days of massage, 14 days of relaxation therapy immediately following. This specialty program also includes an Ayurvedic organic, yogic diet to help promote weight loss through the process of detoxification in a safe and effective manner.
42 Day Weight Loss Program
This extended program will provide the same benefits as the 28 day program but will achieve higher levels of weight loss . It consists of 21 days of therapeutic Kalari massage followed by 21 days of relaxation therapy.
Special 14 Day Karali Massage/ Kizhi Massage
(using hands or feet)
The first two days are traditional kalari massage for 1 hour and 15 minutes. For the next 5 days, a special technique is used directly following the traditional massage. A bundle(kizhi) filled with rice or medicinal ayurvedic leaves or powders is used to massage the patient making the total massage time 2 hours and 15 minutes. This massage is intended for chronic joint and muscle pain and chronic nervous system disorders.
Special 28 Day Karali Massage/Kizhi Massage
(using hands or feet)
The first four days are traditional kalari massage for 1 hour and 15 minutes. For the next 10 days, a special technique is used directly following the traditional massage. A bundle(kizhi) filled with rice is used to massage the patient and the next five days the ayurvedic leaf bundle is used. The total massage time 2 hours and 30 minutes. This massage is intended for chronic joint and muscle pain and chronic nervous system disorders.
Kalari massage, is the traditional massage of Kalaripayattu. It originated in northern Kerala, created as a scientific healing system to strengthen, rejuvenate and repair a warrior physically and mentally in order to face any kind of difficulties life may put in front of him.It is often used to treat the fatigue and occasional injuries sometimes received during the intense Kalaripayattu training, the performance of which can dynamic and quite demanding. Kalari massage developed hand in hand with Kalaripayattu at a time in India when Kerala was ruled by the Warrior class or caste. Combat or war was not unknown at this time.
Combat situations require a warrior’s mind to be as agile,supple and alert as his body. Kalari massage addresses the mind/body requirements. In both combat and training, occasionally, bones are broken or dislocated, people may have the “wind knocked out of them” or they may also become unconscious. These issues may be directly addressed by the Master using Ayurvedic, and the often secret knowledge of the Marman points. Ancient tradition holds that the Master that was teaching martial arts was also the local “physician” who held the skills and knowledge necessary to heal these injuries.
Kalari massage and Ayurvedic massage share the same origin, the discovery of Marmam. The main difference between the two, is that in the practice of Kalari massage, the practitioner may use the feet as well as the hands to perform the massage to the body of the client.
In Kalari massage, using the feet to massage instead of the hands, the kalaripayatu master uses ropes suspended from the ceiling to help support their body weight while using the feet to apply an appropriate amount of pressure on the vital parts of the body of the patient, in a smooth and flowing movement, this is known as utsadana. Working with the hands to perform kalari massage is known as samvahana. The pressure used by the Master on the patient will vary according to the patients physical fitness level and body constitution as well as any injuries, acute or chronic, that the patient may be experiencing.
Kalari massage is a full body massage with an Ayurvedic, medicated herbal oil to stimulate the Marmma(energy) points on the body. This oil is not only good for blood/lymph and energy circulation but also the renewal back to normal functioning of cells, tissues and organs. It is also known for removing the toxic waste products occurring naturally during training or after injury. Kalari Massage relieves various ailments such as back pain, muscle stiffness, joint dislocations, and soft tissue injuries to name but a few. It is known to stimulate various all major organs and systems, including the central nervous system which regulates all the systems of the body(Immune, Circulatory, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine…) Different ailments demand specific massage techniques which the master selects with the patient’s condition and constitution in mind. The force, speed and number of movements utilized, as well as the type of herbal oil will vary according to the patient’s age, physical strength and endurance, and their particular health issue. The Master may use oils specifically developed for these conditions, which he will mix himself, often from the healing plants growing locally, using the knowledge passed down from generation to generation, from master to pupil. When the massage client has no specific ailments, the massage oil used for kalari massage is the same as that used by the Kalaripayattu practitioner, which is applied to the body directly prior to training.The specially developed Ayurvedic herbal medicinal oil is applied, according to a person’s body composition and the accessibility of nerve points, due to their individual body makeup and in order to enhance the patient’s mental acuity, physical capability, overall health and flexibility of the muscles.
Kalari massage increases body flexibility and reduces the body fat composition. The veins and arteries, responsible for the delivery of nutrients and healing factors and the removal of waste products in the body, become more elastic and more highly functioning. The organs most responsible for the removal of toxic wastes from the body such as the kidneys, lungs, liver and small/large intestines, are strengthened and perform more efficiently. This will cause the skin to shine with health as these organs and systems of the body function optimally
This is all achieved through the stimulation of nerves and nerve points(marman) from the kalari massage techniques, bringing the client back to their own natural and perfect harmonious balance. It will essentially enhance the body’s own healing capabilities by improving the function of the Central Nervous System and the Immune System. This ancient system of Kalari Massage has been passed on from Master to student for many generations, and is is still practiced perfectly in Kadathanadan Kalari Sanagm, under the skillful hands and feet of K F Thomas Gurukkal.