Within Kalaripayattu is a branch of knowledge derived from the Ayurveda that consists of techniques to harmonize the human body. Kalari Marma Chikitsa is a specialized method of treatment to heal damages caused to the vital parts of the body. Traditionally the knowledge of Marma was used in Kalari to injure and hurt opponents, as well as to heal a person through touch. These massages are an intricate part of Kalaripayattu and offer both physical and mental benefits.
KALARI CHIKITSA AND UZICHIL
Although Kalari treatments have their base in Ayurveda, its methods, ingredients used, and practices are distinct. Kai Uzhichil therapy is done with the hands, while Chavutti uzhichil therapy is done with the help of feet. Chavutti Thirumal or Kalari Foot massage is a deep tissue massage. The word ‘Chavutti Thirumal’ literally means ‘massage by foot pressure’, where the therapist uses his/her feet to deliver this treatment. This massage facilitates better circulation of oxygen within the muscles and relaxes the entire body.
Kizhi or herbal poultice is another mode of treatment under Kalaripayattu. Kizhi is prepared using medicinal kinds of herbs and leaves. These poultices are warmed in medicated oils (Thailam) and are applied on the body where there is pain and swelling. The temperature of the Kizhi varies based on the physique or problems of the patient and is highly effective in treating Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis. Also useful to treat old pain and other disorders applying Kizhi is highly beneficial for sports injuries, cramps or joint problems.
WHAT DOES MARMA CHIKITSA ENTAIL?
Marmas are 108 divines, sacred energy points where the physical (anatomical) and subtle energy body meets. During Marma treatments, the practitioner works on the 107 vital energy points in the body (the mind is considered as the 108th marma) where the blood vessels and nerves intersect. Massaging the marma points can activate the body’s inner functioning, changing its biochemistry, and can unfold radical, alchemical change in one’s makeup thereby affecting the health of the skin, bones, joints, nerves, and several internal organs. Kalari Marma Chikitsa can be effective in healing orthopedic disorders, sports injuries and musculoskeletal problems like back pain, spondylitis, arthritis, and even inborn imperfections of the human body.
Based on the needs of the patient and the desired benefit, Kalari Marma Chikitsa can be customized on a case-to-case basis. Based on the health benefits they provide,
At Kalari Kendram we offer therapeutic treatments to meet these various needs. Therapeutic massages. The course of the treatment of Kalari Marma massage totally depends on the condition of the person. Usually a course of either 7 or 14 days, which however, can be extended to 21 days or even a month or more, depends the needs of the patient.
- Neck Injuries: Neck pain/stiffness, stretched muscles.
- Shoulder Injuries: Dislocations, rotators cuff injuries and so on.
- Arm & Elbow Injuries: Muscle pulls, tears, tennis elbow, etc.
- Thumb & Wrist Injuries: Blows on wrist, sprains, minute fractures.
- Back Pain & back Injuries: Backbone or muscular problems, slip disc.
- Hip & Thigh Injuries: Groin strain, muscle tears, dislocations.
- Calf & Shin Injuries: Pains and cramps.
- Knee injuries: Includes knee pain, ligament tear, etc.
- Ankle & Foot Injuries: Sprained ankle, twists, minute fractures.
- Backaches, body stiffness, etc. due to long working hours on the computer