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I studied ayurvedic massage, beauty treatments, and panchakarma at the School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in Kannure, Kerala- India.  
  The School is located at the Mascott Beach Resort on the Arabian Sea.

Kerala is the home of many ancient traditions.   Ayurvedic practices that suffered decline across India were preserved in Kerala.  Kannure is known to have a very strong tradition of Ayurveda as well as many unique tribal practices.

 
 

While there I studied Kalariuppayattu, the traditional martial art of Kerala.  Any complete martial art has a system of healing that is ironically related to its system of hurting.  Kalariuppayatu contains not only weapon and bare handed combat, but also massage and healing through pressure point (marma) therapy.  This is the same tradition that Kerala Foot Massage comes from.  A Kalari practitioner will typically get a massage every day from his guru.

Kannure is also well known for Theyam Dancing.  This is an ancient tradition that is still practiced in Northern Kerala.  During a Theyam the dancer, after much prep and ritual, becomes possessed by the deity that the dance is oriented toward, and then performs a shamonistic- ritualistic dance that may last for hours.  While in trance, the dancer may dispense blessings to the crowed or answer prophetic questions.  There are many different types of Theyam, some of them are martial arts oriented, and have spectacular, even dangerous, weapon displays.  I remember the sword whip dance was a little too close for comfort.

 

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