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Kalari massage

Updated on July 1, 2011

Kalari Massage – Therapeutic treatment by Ayurveda

The word Ayurveda itself has the meaning ‘Knowledge of the life forces'. It is an ancient healing system based on the origins of Integrity, Balance, Simplicity and Well-being. Kalari is one of many massage treatments involved in Ayurveda. It is beneficial when curing rheumatic disease, back pains, energy loss, sprains, dislocations, joint paints, spondilytis, muscular injuries, disc pro lapse correction, paralytic stroke and others. The key point in Kalari Massage is the use of oils (medicated), certain pastes and special tonics all made from natural grown herbs. It emphasizes on an individual person as a whole which is connecting with the world and so is helping to maintain good health and underpinning the environment of the body.

Kalari Massage is based upon many techniques such as yoga, breathing and meditation which aids the body in promoting healing of injured musculature, stress relief with tensions and also to  build agility and flexibility. Kalari Massage controls the body’s vital points called “Marma” and also reins the entire body with its vital energy via massage, external bandages, internal medicines and other similar techniques. The therapies involve the use of medicated oil named “Sneha” or “Taila” over ones forehead, along with covering the entire body. Some oils are ment to be taken internally in order to deal with aches and to increase the mobility of joints. The oils must be properly heated before applying. This is a must as it will aid in the transfer of the medicinal principals in oil to a persons body, whilst encouraging the absorption properties in the skin. This method thereby strengthens your body systems. Besides curing all the larger aches and diseases, it aids in reducing fat along with weight by destroying stored fats out of the body.

No ordinary massage

The therapeutic part of Kalari Massage involves a selection of oils, length of the treatment, special internal medicines, various types of massage and much more depending on different factors like the physical and mental strength of a patient, the tissue mutilation, the power of the digestive system, the patient age, eating habbits and many others. Kalari Massage is mainly given by the foot of the massage therapist who is balancing himself with a rope tied in the ceiling of the room, where the treatment is taking place. It may also be delivered by hand if the client has certain issues or cannot stand the pressure of the foot massage. The massage has an effect on the deep underlying muscles, therefore relieving any form of pain and aches in that area. The therapy may last for 7, 14, 21 or even 24 days depending on the requirements of the warrior (patient) and the disease in question.

What is Ayurvedas connection to Kalari massage?

Ayurveda itself is a science. It has always encouraged natural ways of exercising. It uses massages for dealing with ailments and Kalari Massage is by far the most beneficial massage. It is a tribute to mankind for ones development therefore presenting deep relaxation to the mind and energy to ones body.

Relax and enjoy.

Kalari massage in real life


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      hyacinth anita panioty 

      7 years ago

      There is Gurukal's place in Kannur in the north of Kerala - he gives the best of Kalari massages, I love it!!

    • I.B. profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Center of the Universe

      Hi KK,

      I am not sure where exactly to learn it. Hopefully somebody from India will read this as well and help.

      I believe Google has the answers though :)

      Sincerely, I.B.

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      8 years ago

      Hi, not sure if you will be reading the comment but came across yr article while doin a search on Kalari massage.

      Do you know of places which teach it(to women) in India - Kerala? I have been wanting to learn this since years.. any info will be appreciated. I am in India itself.


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      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great hub. I am glad you commented on my chair massage article and left your web address. This is also the first time I read about this modality of massage and frankly I like the way it is done and can sense the many benefits of this massage practice.

      I grew up with parents who believed in traditional and ancient massage and its benefits and who often brought me to our local shamans as a young boy for treatment when I was sick. The results were amazing. I also learned a lot from them and am grateful to my parents for this.

      I continue to take more courses and hope to contribute to the growing number of preventative health care practitioners.

    • I.B. profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Center of the Universe

      No problem. Its new to many, yet it is older than most if not all of them :)

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      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      This is a new kind of massage to me. Thanks for sharing. I think I would love it actually.

    • I.B. profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Center of the Universe

      No pain no gain. Thai massage for instance can also be very painful at times but you feel great relief not only the next day, but weeks to come.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Ooofff! Looks as though it could be quite painful! Thanks for the insights into this.

      Love and peace


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      8 years ago from Barcelona, Spain

      I've heard about Ayurveda but never about Kalari massage. Interesting, interesting - always up to subjects like this! :)

    • Akuma23 profile image


      8 years ago

      I saw this on the Discovery channel, I believe the show was Fight Quest. It really does the trick when it comes to stretching. A bit fruity to have purely male on male, and female on female when it comes to ayurveda.


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