Prana Chikitsa translates as ‘Energy Treatment’, referring to the practice of understanding and working with the subtle energy system of the body. The ancient tradition of pranic (energy) treatment promotes healing at the deepest level. Treatments follow the fundamental principles of India’s medicinal system, Ayurveda (Ayur=Life / Veda=Science), and have also been influenced by Siddha medicine and other regional Indigenous knowledge systems.
Like Chinese and Tibetan medicines, Ayurveda views a human being as a microcosm of the natural world. Treatments assist the body to return to a state of balance so that it can ultimately heal itself. As Phillip Zarrilli explains, what distinguishes the Kalari therapist’s medical expertise from that of other specialists is their psychophysiological training as a martial artist. This gives the practitioner extraordinary control over their body and thus control of the vital energy or wind (prana vayu). The efficacy of treatment is based on this ability to control and channel prana (energy) while giving treatments.
If injury, repetitive negative beliefs or thoughts, or other traumas are effecting a patient, a therapist will work to rebalance the subtle energy system and then discuss holistic lifestyle practices (movement, diet and herbs, pranayama or breathing practices, mindfulness and/or suitable spiritual practices) with the client, to empower them to revitalise their mind, body and spirit.
More information: Phillip B. Zarrilli’s (PH. D) : “The Kalarippayattu Martial Master as Healer: Traditional Kerala Massage Therapies”
The method of reading and receiving energy is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies or sits and relaxes. The Kalari therapist gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body to analyse the energy system.
The therapist will discuss findings with the client and together they will discuss ways to rebalance the system. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas.
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