TRADITIONAL KALARI TREATMENT

The training of a student to become a master includes the training in Ayurveda and in locating the vital points of the body. A Kalari Guru is not only a trained movement artist but also a professional in Ayurveda, a doctor who treats people of diseases and general ailments. Kalari has developed a traditional orthopedic system which is widely popular all over the states, especially for the setting of displaced bones. There are different types of Oils, pastes, herbs etc are used only by kalari masters to treat muscle and bone injuries.

KALARI MASSAGE

The first stage of the preparation of a warrior and the artiste is based on oil massage known as Udvarthaizam or Uzhichal. The Ayurvedic tradition of Susrutha says that diseases are afraid of approaching a body which has been foot-massaged, just like animals in the sight of a lion.

Combat situation demands an extremely agile, strong and supple body, which would instantly obey the focused mind. The ancient martial artists (warriors) used kalari massage to prime their body and sharpen reflexes.

In Kalari massage the therapist or the kalari master uses his hand and feet to massage the recipient using medicated oils. The masseur uses nadisuthra kriya to apply pressure with the fingers, thumb or toe at certain points on the body. These pressure points (Marma points) are areas where there is a high concentration of Prana. Prana is the energy which gives life for the living organism.

Usually an uzhichil course lasts for fourteen days. At the time of massage the student has to follow strict restrictions in his or her daily routines. He should not expose to the sun for a long time should take only the prescribed food and should follow strict celibacy.

Three types of kalari massages are used for different purposes.

Sukha thirummu: This system of massage relieves the body from aches and muscular pains and also provides physical relaxation and rejuvenation.

katcha thirummu massage, given to increase a person's body flexibility and physical endurance, is particularly efficacious for those who practice martial arts and dance forms. It gives flexibility and suppleness to the body. This form of massage is combined with different yoga postures.

Raksha thirummu: This massage is for healing. Different ailments require specific massage techniques, which the masseur selects keeping the individual's condition in mind. The speed, force, number of stroke, the type of herbal oil used and the system of massage will vary depending on the patient's physical strength, age and ailment.

Massage helps the body to attain a healthy constitution as well as flexibility, nimbleness and suppleness. Moreover, massage can improve mental alertness and attention span by reducing tension and calming the mind .Kalari massage can keep one disease free and in a state of positive health.

MARMA POINTS

Marmas are certain vital points of the body. A marma point is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints and 'where the Prana is present'. There are total 108 Marma points in the body in which 64 are considered as kulamarma (deadly points). These points could be used to heel or to harm. If these points are pierced hard, it could result in trauma or even death. A kalari masseur uses the Marma points to heal.

The mind is considered as the 108th marma. The other marma points are classified for better understanding according to the physical components:

Mamsa Marma - muscle
Sira Marma - vessel
Snayu Marma- Ligament
Asthi Marma- bones
Sandhi Marma - joints

 

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Kalaripayattu Training

Kalari Gurukulam offers regular courses for students between 7 to 60 years of age. The courses are at beginners’, advanced, and expert levels. The training schedules are flexible to meet the busy city lifestyle.

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Workshops

Kalari Gurukulam conducts workshops from time to time and interested individuals can make use of these opportunities to learn the basics of Kalaripayattu

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Performance

Performance events for Kalaripayattu are regularly held by the Kalari Gurukulam to build awareness amongst the general public as well as the aspiring youth, to encourage the young and inculcate Kalaripayattu into their lifestyle and thus gain the power of concentration and combat stress from the day-to-day activities in a healthy way.

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Residential Program

People interested in learning at Kalari Gurukulam for a prolonged time period can stay at the Gurukulam as resident students. For those interested in learning Kalaripayattu as a resident, residential facilities are available at the Gurukulam. Details can be obtained by contacting the Gurukulam..

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Summer Camps

Every year Kalari Gurukulam conducts summer camps for kids between 7-14 years of age. These summer camps range from two to three weeks during the summer holidays to encourage the budding enthusiasts to learn the ropes of Kalaripayattu as well as to explore the various aspects of the martial art form. The intense training programme is designed to inculcate Sadhana (Practice), Anubhava (Experience), and Pradashan (Performance) in Kalaripayattu.

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Publications

Kalari Gurukulam publishes books and recorded material for the interested Kalari enthusiasts. It also encourages research in the area of Indian martial art forms.