Abhyanga is a full body oil Massage designed to stimulate the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems. Inflammatory blocks on Marma points are located and corrected thus restoring the natural equilibrium of the body. Abhyanga also has a healing, cleansing and revitalizing effect on the body which improves flexibility and realigns both the joints and the spine.
Anga Dhara, also known as an oil bath is a rejuvenating experience. Litres of warm oil are poured over the body while a gentle massage is performed. The body becomes fully relaxed and all tension and stiffness is simply washed away. The effect of the warm oil is the opening of the pores of the ski and the relaxation of the muscular tissues. This facilitates the body’s releasing of accumulated toxins which are simultaneously removed by the flow of oil.
Shiro Dhara, also known as a head bath, is a gentle and powerful treatment. Warm oil is poured from a hanging pot onto the forehead and scalp which are massaged gently. Many toxins are released from the scalp and are carried away by the flow of the oil. This treatment is so relaxing it can often send people into a deep sleep. They awake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
A Kizhi is a bundle of medicinal herbs which is heated in oil and applied to the body. It is often combined with Anga Dhara body massage for maximum effect. The hot oil activates the medicine within the Kizhi, and the heat stimulates and relaxes the body. Kizhi’s are used to remove inflammatory blocks, and improve circulation and flexibility in joints and muscles.
Cheriya Avi is a localised steam treatment used in combination with Abhyanga body massage. The action of the steam on the skin helps to relieve stiffness thus reducing pain and swelling. Medicinal herbs are added to the water in order to maximise the benefit to the patient.
Valiya Avi is a full body steam treatment that is performed in a closed room. A great variety of medicinal herbs are added to a large clay pot of water, which is then boiled over a natural wood fire. The steam is carried through pipes into the room in which the patient sits. The effect of the steam causes the body to sweat profusely, thus removing large amounts of toxins. In addition, the medicine in the steam is inhaled by the patient. This is a powerful detoxifying treatment.
Poochu Chikilsa is a powerful detoxifying treatment. The body of a patient is covered in a medicinal paste that is both stimulating and invigorating. They are then wrapped in banana leaves and placed in the sun. The combination of the medicinal paste, the banana leaves and the warmth of the sun causes the pores of the skin to open. This allows the body to release toxins through the skin and also to absorb the medicine . This is an extremely purifying healing treatment.
Virechanam is best performed at a specific stage during a treatment package in order to remove toxins which have been released by the stimulation of the deep tissue of the body. This medicine is a specific combination of Ayurvedic medicines designed to purge the digestive system. The effect of this medicine is to clear from the body all accumulated toxins in the form of Mala (the residue of undigested food). This treatment is a very effective detoxifying and healing process for the body. This is especially true for people who have water retention problems in the body.
Chavutti Thirummal is a full body oil massage performed using the feet. The practitioner supports himself by a rope suspended from the ceiling. This type of treatment allows for long powerful movements that cover the whole body. This is a speciality of Kalari Chikilsa.