Sunny greetings from Florida, and what a nourishing time I have had here teaching my first Chavutti Thirumal Massage Post Graduate training course in the USA.
It was rewarding hard work with some well deserved beach-time play thrown in for good measure, all with wonderful company and the most beautiful scenery.
So, what is this type of massage technique, and why is it so special? Chavutti Thirumal, translates directly as foot pressure in the Malayalam language, and it is also known as Foot/Rope massage. It is a traditional Indian massage technique developed by the Kalari Martial Artists of Kerala, India and it is believed to be about two thousand years old. Chavutti Thirumal is an art form, with the techniques being precisely executed by the by the practitioner’s foot in long, sweeping motions. The main focus of Chavutti is to increase flexibility, so the position of the therapist is very important. The recipient will be lying on the floor, and the therapist holds onto ropes for support. Correctly positioned, the massage enables postural muscles to strengthen, the hips and thoracic area to open, and the energetic channels to become activated.
I would like to thank Terri, Erin and Marina for making this trip and the teaching experience something to remember. We now have our first Chavutti Massage practitioners in the USA!
If you would like to see a video of this massage technique and also the directory of Chavutti Practitioners please click here.
My next course will be in March 2015 in Goa, India. For further information on this please see my website.