This massage is to facilitate proper blood circulation of the body and relaxation of mind. Trained masseurs gently massage lukewarm herbal oil on the head and body according to the ancient guidelines.
One of the most relaxing and refreshing massages that you can enjoy, Elakkizhi uses fresh herbs cooked in Ayurvedic oils and packed into bags, which then is applied over the body by experts. It helps lubricating the joints and relieving joint pain. It cleanses the channels of circulation and expels toxins through perspiration.
The whole body or specific part is made to perspire by external application of certain medicinal puddings prepared from special rice called navara rice cooked in herbal decoctions and milk and packed in muslin bags. This massage cleans up the pores on skin making it soft, enhances complexion, strengthens body muscles, cures the stiffness of the joints and improves blood circulation and digestive power. It is also prescribed for all kinds of diseases of nervous system and for rheumatism.
This is a process developed in Kerala in which a steady stream of medicated oil or medicated buttermilk is poured on the forehead in a peculiar pattern. It is mainly done for mental relaxation and is very effective for sleep disturbance, insomnia, mental problems and skin diseases.
This massage with special herbal powder is especially done for depleting the fat and strengthening the muscles and is very effective for obesity.
Medicated herbal oils or powders are poured into the nostrils. Prescribed for disorders of nasal cavity, ear, sinuses, headaches, facial distortion from paralysis, spondilosis etc., it is usually a part of long term treatments.
Chavitti thirummu
This is a form of Kalari (Martial arts of Kerala) massage in which the masseur hangs on a rope and gives the massage with his feet. The masseur will correct the body alignments as an osteopath or chiropractor does.
A special cap is fitted on the head and warm oil is allowed to stay on the head for approximately 30 minutes. This is done for visual problems, memory ailments, sleep disturbances, headaches etc.
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