Kalari ChikitsaTraditional Indian Sports Medicine
What is Kalari Chikitsa?
Kalari Chikitsa was used by the ancient warriors to:
- Treat their injuries sustained during training or combat.
- Treat the conditions that affected their performance ability.
- Prevent injuries and prepare their bodies for training or combat.
- Improve their skills by increasing strength and flexibility.
These treatments continue to be given in Kerala’s martial arts centres today. The Kalaripayattu master plays the dual role of a martial arts teacher and a healer. While still used to support the martial artist’s training, Kalari Chikitsa also helps a wider range of people, who come to see the master with their injuries and pain related conditions.
The wisdom of Kalari Chikitsa has been passed down through the generations, from master to student. The founder of Kalari Ayurveda Centre, Master Biju Nair is part of this lineage and provides these treatments in Brisbane.
What can Kalari Chikitsa help with?
Evolved over thousands of years, this traditional form of medicine has been used to prevent and treat the injuries and improve the fighting skills of Kerala’s Kalaripayattu warriors.
Nowadays, Kalari Chikitsa can be applied to help a wider range of people and is highly effective in:
- The treatment of aches, pains, injuries and movement dysfunctions such as:
- Sports injuries including martial arts, dance and yoga
- Musculoskeletal injuries and imbalances
- Acute and chronic pain
- Muscle and joint pain and stiffness
- Back, neck, shoulder and knee
- Frozen shoulder
- Plantar fasciitis
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Reducing the risk of injuries
- Enhancing physical performance
- Increasing body flexibility, agility and strength
- Preparing the body for strenuous exercise
- Maintaining optimal health.
How does Kalari Chikitsa work?
Kalari Chikitsa is a complete system of traditional medicine. It includes a range of massage techniques, marma applications, herbal oils, herbal pastes and poultices. Herbal medicine and dietary restrictions are also prescribed when necessary.
With the array of methods available, treatments are customised to the individual, their condition and goals.
As a practical manual therapy, massage is a primary element of Kalari Chikitsa. The two types of massage are Kalari Marma Massage and Chavutti Thirummal.
Kalari Marma Massage
More about Kalari Chikitsa
Kalari Chikitsa as a sports medicine
For the ancient warriors of Kerala, Kalari Chikitsa treatments were of primary importance to survival on the battlefield. 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.
Why traditional medicine making is part of Kalaripayattu training
Marma in Kalari Chikitsa
At Kalari Ayurveda Centre, marma applications are an important part of our treatments for injuries and pain related conditions. Our method of marma applications comes from the martial arts tradition in Kerala, southern India.