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Chavutti Thirumal or indian rope massage by foot pressure, is a unique type of Ayurvedic massage originated from South Kerala (India).
Ayurvedic therapeutic oil is applied using the masseur therapists bare feet. Long, deep rhythmical strokes are used and to perform this well requires balance, co-ordination and dexterity. The pressure is firm but controlled.
The range as well as the depth of movement is maximized as one stroke is able to cover with depth the full length of the body from the tips of the fingers to the toes.
The receiver lies on a floor mat while I apply my foot like a hand, one at a time, holding onto the rope for extra balance, gliding over the muscles of the body. Most certainly this Kalari martial art massage involves a high level of skill and sensitivity.
Physiologically, the long, penetrating strokes of barefoot massage removes build-up of toxins and lactic acids. It can also break up scar tissue and stimulate circulation and energy flow. This deep work will relax the receiver by supplying energetic balance, but it also provides immeasurable benefits for those who place a high demand on their bodies: yogis, athletes, dancers, martial artists and anyone whose daily work is physically demanding.
It is also, wonderful way to give, as I use gravity by dropping my own body weight to massage and slide freely over any body type, even the largest and strongest people!
Designed to train future practitioner in the traditional way I learnt years back with Master Padma Nair in Trivandrum, I offer intensive courses of 30 hours tuition and practice for level 1, and 12 hours for Level 2, with case studies where students receive from me, share between them and have time to integrate the uniqueness of having new feet skills. Those participating will also benefit dramatic increase in flexibility!
The traditional hand massage called Abyhanga is one of the fundamental treatments belonging to the Ayurvedic medical system.
The session starts with short ayurvedic diagnosis to establish the constitutional type of the person – his or her Dosha – which determines any imbalance in the body.
It is followed by a gentle / medium strength massage using warm medicated oils which are applied all over the body using strokes according to the circulatory channels of the body and its type.
I finish with face massage using oil or Aloe vera according to your preference.
The Abyhanga can be perceived as a relaxation massage but Ayurveda, the knowledge of life, is not only related to the body but also to the mind and the soul. This particular massage will reduce stress, improve sleep problems as well as releasing muscular tension or pain in cervical or lumbar regions. Abhyanga can be done on a regular daily base.
Increasing the circulation of the blood and the lymph nodes, the massage will encourage the removal of metabolic waste, leaving the body fresh and relaxed.
I have trained people to learn traditional Abhyanga in India, Japan and Spain.
Every one makes best use of knowing how to massage someone else, with care and technique. This basic 4 days course happens on normal western table. I share simple theoric approach to the ancestral Ayurvedic system yet this base is necessary to offer proper Ayurvedic massage. You will ensure best diagnostic possible of the person to massage and choose appropriate oil, intensity and strokes direction to apply. I also teach facials, specific neck and champi (head skull) massages.
Warm oil is poured over the sacrum or lower back to rejuvenate joints, tendons and muscles.
Extremely useful in sacro-iliac problems, disc prolapses, lumbar, sciatica and chronic backache.
Nasya involves medicated oil up the nasal passages.
It is applied in conditions related to the eyes, nose, throat, brain and vocal cords.
Therapies that prevent toxins from accumulating in the body a shamanam regime
may include personalised exercises, lifestyle and nutrition.