Kalari Treatments

Kalari Chikilsa

The treatment aspect of Kalarippayat developed with the very evolution of the martial art. Accidents were commonplace in the kalari during practice, and the master or Gurukkal had to double up as the resident physician to get his students back on their feet. Intimate knowledge of the muscles, veins and the marmas helped the master in this evolution. Slowly, people outside the Kalari started approaching the master for cure for the muscle and joint ailments. There is no other stream of treatment as evolved or as inclusive as the Kalari treatment. Today it incorporates beneficial aspects of Ayurveda and Yoga in the treatment. And, because of this flexibility, it is probably the most effective treatment for modern lifestyle diseases such as spondylosis, slipped disc and lower back pain.

Kalariuzichil or Kalarithirummu or massage is done primarily with the feet using medicinal herbs and potions. Applying adequate amount of pressure on the marmas or pressure points, this form of massage gives the body, youthfulness, lightness and a certain glow. These days you can also see the hand massage increasingly being used in the kalari form of treatment.

Primarily, there are three different types of massage in the Kalari way: Kachathirummu, Sukhathirummu, and Rakshathirummu.


This is meant for kalari practitioners and sportspersons. It makes the body light and makes it flexible.


It relieves the body of the many afflictions, and helps protect it from many diseases. People undergoing Rakshathirummu, will have to adhere to strict dietary regulations, and will have to be under medication.


It helps relieve you from the many tensions your body and mind are being subjected to. In short it relaxes your body and mind, and rejuvenates you.
As mentioned earlier, Kalari treatment has adopted certain aspects of Ayurveda, and Panchakarma is an integral part of Kalari treatment today.


It is an accepted form of treatment for rheumatic ailments. There are several types of vasti treatment. Udaravasti involves putting medicines into your stomach through the anus and cleaning the tummy. This has been proven as immensely beneficial for all sorts of rheumatic ailments and back pain. Kadiivasti is especially helpful for those with lower back pain and greevavasti for those with cervical problems. Other types of vastiinclude:Matravasti, Januvasti and Uttaravasti.


It involves taking medicinal liquids through the nose, and it has been provedefficient in tackling phlegm and sinus related ailments, besides facial paralysis and cervical problems. It also stimulates the central nervous system.


It involves the continuous circulation of liquefied medicine to the forehead of the patient to relieve him of neurotic disorders, sleeplessness, memory loss and stress-related illnesses. Thailam (herbal medicinal fluid), Thakaram (buttelmilk fortified with gooseberry concentrate) and Ksheeram (milk) are used for dhara based on the nature of the disease.

Kalaripayattu—The secret art of fighting and healing

Kalaripayattu is said to be one of the oldest martial art forms in the world, and some experts have gone to the extent of calling it the mother of all fighting systems. Perhaps there is some truth in it, as the influence of Kalaripayattu is discernible in the more well-known fighting art forms like Karate and Kung Fu.

Kalaripayattu flourished in the southern-most tip of India, thanks to the local rulers who were forever warring among themselves over petty issues. The more skilled Chekavars in the land—highly trained 'mercenaries' who would fight till victory or death on behalf of an influential person for a bounty—were celebrities whose exploits were narrated by the local singers—Paanans—wherever they went. Such songs were later classified under a genre called Vadakkan Paattu. Since the present-day Kerala was once divided into many small kingdoms, Kalaripayattu practised in the south differed from the one in the north. While the northern style of Kalaripayattu—Vadakkan—is noted for its leaps and jumps, the southern style—Thekkan—is more close to the ground.

The traditional Kalaris—where practitioners learn the art—were below ground level so that secrecy could be maintained. Nowadays, that practice has been mostly abandoned, but the martial art is still learnt within four walls. Violence is not part of the philosophy of Kalarippayattu. In fact, one of the often-repeated lesson drilled into a prospective Kalari practitioner is: 'One step backward and a family is saved.' A good Kalari practitioner is adept at keeping his emotions in check. In short, he can control his mind and his body. Kalaripayattu makes you mentally and physically aware. Once you attain the highest stage, once you master the craft, your body becomes your eyes. Close your eyes, and your body will see for you. Such is the power of concentration that you will possess.

Learning Kalaripayattu also involves learning about your body, the muscle movements and the bone structure. It was only natural that the Kalari Master—Gurukkal—became the local physician as well. In the course of learning a highly physical art which puts the body through a punishing schedule, injuries—minor and major—were an everyday affair and the Master often ended up treating his disciples in the absence of a strong health care system. Thus Kalari developed a healing aspect as well. Today, the Kalari way of attending to the wear and tear of the body is well-documented and widely respected. Modern lifestyle ailments like spondylosis and lower back pain can be easily cured by a Gurukkal in a matter of days. All without cutting open the temple that your body is.

Kalarippayattu is a way of life.
A life of fulfillment.
A peaceful life.
An enlightened life.

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We, at Kshetra Kalari, are skilled practitioners of this secretive and revered martial arts form. Trained under the legendary E.P. Vasudeva Gurukkal, we follow the more evolved Vadakkan style of Kalarippayattu.With fully equipped learning and healing  Read More

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