Kalari Chikitsa is an ancient system of sports medicine. For the warriors of Kerala, Kalari Chikitsa treatments were of primary importance to survival on the battlefield.
Not only was Kalari Chikitsa used to treat their battle injuries, but it was also used to improve performance, prevent injuries, and prepare the warrior for battle.
Today, whilst no longer on the battlefield, the martial artists still use these treatments to support the strenuous daily training required to master their art.
These treatments are not only beneficial for martial artists, but anyone taking part in some form of physical activity or those having difficulty in doing so.
Treatments for injury prevention and performance enhancement
The warriors had rigorous training regimes to prepare them for battle. Preventing injuries was crucial for them to be able to focus on improving their performance as, for a warrior, performance was a matter of life and death.
Today for a martial artist, athlete or anyone active, injury prevention is necessary as the less time spent injured, the more time that can be spent training and performing.
Kalari Chikitsa has treatments to reduce the risk of injury by promoting strength and flexibility. As a result, athletes can better withstand the physical demands placed upon their body and ultimately improve their performance.
Treatments for sports injuries, chronic pain and movement dysfunctions.
Kalari Chikitsa developed methods to treat the warrior’s injuries sustained in training or combat, and to treat the conditions that affected their ability to perform the martial art.
The goal of warriors then, and martial artists, athletes and active people now, is to get back to their physical activity as soon as possible.
The techniques that were used to treat the ancient warriors continue to be of benefit to athletes today. The treatments aim to first relieve pain and then to restore not only their original physical capability but also to acquire a level of optimal health to reduce the risk of further injuries.