Chavutti Thirummal or Keralite massage
Dott. Ermanno Visintainer
The philosophical orientation on which is founded the Keralite Massage or Chavutti Thirummal is inextricably linked with the concept of disembodied lines or metasomatic ducts. These lines, known as Nadis, are pseudo-anatomical areas where appear of the subtle energies within the somatic structure. The Indian genesis of the speculative system on which it is based, clearly referring to the medical and tantric yoga of the hatha and laya species, almost certainly belonging to the realm of Shaivasiddhanta, and the Shiva Samhita. The three most important Nadis or lines are: Sushumna nadi, nadis Ida and Pingala Nadis.
Nadi, whose literal meaning is river, is a Sanskrit word thatmeans the above lines in which circulates the prana, the subtle energy, which despite the name: ki (Japanese), qi (Chinese) praan lom ( Thai), Khii, khiimor (Mongolian), identifies the same concept. Not necessarily being tied to a mechanistic physiology, we have defined them pseudo-anatomical areas of energetic resonance. They convey the flow of the cosmic energy inside the organs of that mystical physiology, called in Sanskrit cakra, "circles" and kamala "lotus", to the marmam which are the "hot spots", those that shiatsu calls tsubo.
Historically speaking, this massage is originally from Kerala in southern India, and is practiced in schools of Katakali dance or Kalaripayattu martial arts in order to loosen the muscles. Traditionally the work is on the naked body with hot or cold oils depending on the season. And precisely this last aspect of the nudity that, sometimes constitutes a preliminary obstacle to the execution of the massage, has on the contrary a symbolic so deep connotations to elevate it beyond mere mechanistic aspects as well as energetic one. The ritual nudity in India, as in other traditional settings, is sacred. Digambara, in fact, means sky-clad, or clothed in his power as are certain ascetics.
Kali represents the creation, that is Prakriti or the nature and all the beings created by Her and Shiva, Purusha, the immovable awareness and at the same time the male support, which underlies the dance of the feminine principle, in other words the essence of the Keralite Massage.
Dott. Ermanno Visintainer Laureato in Lingue Orientali all'Università Ca'Foscari di Venezia. Asokananda's Authorized Teacher Senior
Chavutti Thirummal course (Keralite Massage) with Ermanno at Lahu village (Thailand), includes Vipassana meditation and Tai Chi* http://www.thaiyogamassage.infothai.com/chronicalclasses.html
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