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Chavutti Thirumal/Kalari Uzhichil Massage by Foot Pressure

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This medicinal system was originally developed by Kalari masters in order to heal battle related injuries, as well as to improve their students fighting abilities. Nowadays, Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal can be applied to help a wider range of people achieve good health. Specializing in neuro-muscular (sciatica, spondylosis, etc.), and skeletal disorders (sprains, fractures, dislocations, etc.) this treatment also helps the client to reach beyond their psycho-physical limitations and is particularly suitable for Kalari practitioners, but also for any discipline such as Yoga students, athletes, dancers, and stage performers.


The therapy is based on the precise knowledge of the body's energetic channels (nadis) & vital spots (marmas). The wide selection of medicines, usually homemade by the Gurukkal is entirely organic. Thailam, or oils, medicated with leaves, roots, barks, and even dairy products can be applied externally by massage, or taken internally. Numerous internal medicines are also available: churnam (powders), kashayam (decoctions), gritham (medicated ghee), etc.


Uzhichil, the name given to this treatment is a full body massage system and is executed by the practitioner with his/her hands and feet, and is unique to kalarippayatt. It is a very powerful treatment, which requires the patient and therapist to follow a strict regime during the whole course. It can relieve serious back problems, and also increase flexibility, stimulate the flow of vital energy, and develop mental sharpness.


The treatment is given by the therapist suspending his/her weight from ropes overhead, and applying pressure with long strokes of the soles of his/her feet, after the patient's body has been prepared with specially medicated oil. He/she also makes use of strokes with his/her hands, as well as some manipulation of the joints and limbs.


Where does it come from? Kalari Uzhichil comes from Kerala in South India. This is the home of the ancient art of Kalaripayattu, a martial art, and Kathakali, a classical style of dance. Both these traditional arts use the Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal treatment on a continuous basis to promote strength and suppleness to aid the practitioners in preventing injury during their training sessions. There is a myth that Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal comes from a very old heritage and that it is based on the dance of the Hindu god Shiva, the lord of destruction and creation.


What’s required? What distinguishes Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal from other massage treatments is the application. The foot of the masseur/se is able to give a deeper, more thorough pressure and is able to cover the whole length of the body from the tips of the fingers to the tips of the toes, with long continuous graceful strokes. As with many years of training for Kalari and Kathakali, the process of learning the Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal art may require a type of calling and certainly a deep dedication to the well-being of people and their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual upkeep. The masseur/se will have been inspired into trying to understand and prevent illness in order to develop the skill and dexterity required that enables a deep concentration and co-ordination to execute this joyful but intense experience.


Other Auyervedic treatments



Candida also gives a traditional detox/beauty treatment called Udvartana, which comprises of a one hour sandalwood oil massage either with the hands or feet, followed by a 30 minute application of triphala medicated powder which is a traditional tonic used in auyervedic medicine. The powder is vigorously rubbed into the body, a very similar feeling to skin brushing this will help detoxify the skin and increase the blood circulation, stimulate and improve lymph flow. This aids the removal of dead skin cells and fat cells. This treatment is amazing for reducing fat and also the gives the skin a good workout creating the skins texture to become soft, silky with a lustrous glow.


Ayurvedic Facial

This Ayurvedic Facial is a detoxifying treatment that utilises natural products from pure saffron & sandalwood essential oils, botanical extracts & herbal preparations to deeply cleanse, hydrate & rejuvenate the skin. The treatment includes exfoliation, gentle facial massage with herbalized oil and Marma Point stimulation to revitalize the muscles, complexion and psyche.


A mask containing Dead Sea mud, well known for its minerals & skin healing properties is applied. While that hydrates, nourishes, & detoxifies, an Ayurvedic hand & foot massage is performed that will help promote a deep relaxation of the body and mind. The mask is then removed & Kumkumadi Ayurvedic oil is gently massaged into the skin, stimulating the facial marma points.  This will help promote a natural healing process of blemishes, scar tissue, wrinkles and leaves  the skin radiant, glowing, relaxed and  de - stressed


Prices          Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal One hour £55

                    Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal One and half hours £65

                   Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal Two hours £80

                   Udvartana Detox One and half hours Price on application

                   Ayurvedic Facial One Hour Price on application


Candida has been practicing Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal since the beginning of 1996. After several visits to Trivandrum in Kerala to train at the Yoga Therapy Institute set up by Dr Pillai, she went on to practice this massage at Natureworks in Mayfair, The Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate, Tri Yoga in Primrose Hill and also has participated on many Yoga retreats including a three month stay at a health spa in Sri Lanka called Ulpotha. More recently Candida has been treating dancers at the Ballet Frankfurt and is currently setting up a practice in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last three years going to South India studying with Vinay Kumar ( whose family comes from a long line of Kalaripayattu warriors and healers. This has helped her deepen her understanding of the Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal treatment and its related medicine.


Candida currently gives one off treatments as well as courses often accompanied with a general detox programme. She can also assist clients to improve their health through teaching techniques such as, Pranayama, Kryias (cleansing breath) and the Eight Golden Psychodynamic Chi-Kung Exercises.


Candida’s authenticity & dedication shines through her practice of Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal. She complements the process with her choice of ayurvedic oils & has an amazing dexterity & sensitivity in the application of pressure with her feet. This treatment is a wonderful compliment to yoga practice, & is one of the most thorough oil massages achieving total liberation of connective tissue.


I highly recommend this treatment.” LIZ LARK, Author & teacher of “Astanga Yoga” Carlton Books. Also “Yoga for Life” Website for Liz -


If you wish to go to Kovalam in Kerala to receive training in Kalari Uzhichil/Chavutti Thirumal

or receive courses of treatments you can contact my teacher Vinay Kumar

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