The martial art form of Kalarippayattu has propagated a different kind of massage for the purpose of making the fighters alert, strong and agile while keeping control on the movements of the body.
The Kalari massage, originated in Kerala, with the aim to provide spiritual as well as physical conditioning to the bodies of the individuals. The principles of Ayurveda dealing with the medical care and natural healing acts as the basis for the development of this enthralling massage.
The massage is performed in the various regions of Kerala by making the use of the medicated oils, specially made tonics and a number of pastes which are manufactured by using the herbs which are grown in the region.
The Kalari massage includes a number of physical exercises, breathing, meditation, yoga sessions and pranayama. The skilled masseurs perform the session by keeping into consideration the needs, age and status of health of the individual.
This massage technique is beneficial in curing a number of health problems such as back pains, rheumatic disease, sprains, energy loss, joint pains, dislocations, muscular injuries, spondylitis, paralytic strokes amongst others.
The length of the massage treatment, selection of the oils and pastes and the technique for the massage depends upon the body type, physical and the mental strength of the individual.