Trivandrum, Kerala, India
7 day, 6 nights
Personal Care

Ārogya Kalā Vihāra

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About the experience

What will I experience?

At Ārogya Kalā Vihāra, you will delve into an enriching experience that combines therapeutic massages and Kalaripayattu. You can expect to receive personalized massage sessions, focusing on vital energy points to enhance physical health and wellbeing. These sessions will allow you to gain insights into self-care techniques through direct experience. Alongside, you will engage in Kalaripayattu, approached from a therapeutic angle, which aids in improving your physical agility and mental clarity. This combination ensures a holistic enhancement of your health, rooted in ancient traditions, offering a profound connection to ancient practices and physical wellness.

Benefits of this experience

Participating in the Ārogya Kalā Vihāra retreat, which combines traditional Marma massages and Kalaripayattu, will help you build physical strength by enhancing muscle flexibility and resilience through martial arts training. The Marma massages complement these effects by improving circulation and releasing muscle tension, which facilitates better movement and strength building. This integrated approach not only boosts physical capability but also aids in quicker recovery and injury prevention.

Incorporation in daily life

Start by practicing self-applied Marma massage on accessible points like the head, neck, and shoulders each morning or evening to relieve tension and enhance circulation.

About the destination

Buddha Kalari is an academy that specializes in the ancient arts of Kalaripayattu and Marma Ayurveda, maintaining a rich legacy since 1924. It uniquely combines martial arts with traditional Ayurvedic practices, all underpinned by deeply rooted customs passed through generations. The use of organic, handmade oils and ancient formulations enhances your physical conditioning and overall wellbeing. At Buddha Kalari, which hosts the Ārogya Kalā Vihāra retreat, you immerse yourself in a holistic system where martial prowess and natural wellness practices coalesce, offering a transformative experience.

About the Specialist

Dr. C.S. Suchith is a distinguished Marma Master who brings generations of specialized knowledge to the Ārogya Kalā Vihāra retreat at Buddha Kalari. With a profound expertise rooted in the traditions of his ancestors, Dr. Suchith has honed his skills in both Kalaripayattu and Marma Ayurveda. His approach to wellness is holistic, blending rigorous physical training with nuanced therapeutic techniques to enhance both physical and spiritual wellbeing. Esteemed for his deep understanding of Marma points—a cornerstone of Ayurvedic healing—Dr. Suchith's guidance ensures an authentic and transformative experience for all participants.


Place of experience

Trivandrum, the serene capital of Kerala, is renowned for its lush landscapes and traditional wellness practices. It is a city where ancient Ayurvedic traditions thrive amidst tranquil backwaters and verdant hills. Hosting the Ārogya Kalā Vihāra retreat, Trivandrum offers an ideal environment for rejuvenation, characterized by its clean air, abundant greenery, and peaceful surroundings. This setting not only enhances physical and mental wellbeing but also deeply connects you with the healing rhythms of nature.

Most suitable time to visit

The most suitable time to experience the Ārogya Kalā Vihāra retreat is during the monsoon season, from June to September, when the climate is cool and rejuvenating, enhancing the therapeutic effects of the treatments and activities.

Ancient & modern provenance

Ancient texts and treatises:

Ancient text name: Sushruta Samhita (circa 6th century BCE)

  • Context: A foundational text of Ayurveda written by Sage Sushruta, which focuses on medicine, surgery, and health practices.
  • Mention of Marma massages: Marma points and their treatments are detailed, emphasizing their role in promoting physical vitality and recovery from injuries, thereby enhancing overall wellbeing and strength.

Ancient text name: Ashtanga Hridayam (circa 7th century CE)

  • Context: A comprehensive Ayurvedic text by Vagbhata, which encompasses medical knowledge and therapeutic techniques.
  • Mention of Marma massages: This text elaborates on the therapeutic benefits of Marma massage, including revitalizing energy flow, reducing fatigue, and increasing physical strength, important for holistic health maintenance.

Ancient text name: Charaka Samhita (circa 2nd century BCE)

  • Context: One of the principal texts in Ayurveda authored by Charaka, focusing on internal medicine.
  • Mention of Marma massages: Describes the integration of Marma therapy in preventative and curative health practices, emphasizing its importance in enhancing muscle tone and boosting bodily strength and endurance.

Modern scientific researches

Title: Conceptual Study of Marma and Pain Management in Avabahuka by Marma Chikitsa

  • Main author: Dr. Hemendra Kumar Verma
  • Date of publishing: 2023Abstract: This article discusses the role of Marma points in Ayurveda and their application in managing pain through Marma Chikitsa, specifically in conditions like Avabahuka. It highlights the all-natural, non-invasive approach of Marma treatment in enhancing both physical and psychological strength.
  • Link to the paper

Title: Exploring the Science of Marma - An Ancient Healing Technique - Part 1: Its Mention in Ancient Indian Scriptures

  • Main author: A. Mishra
  • Date of publishing: 2020Abstract: This study provides an in-depth look into the ancient healing technique of Marma, discussing its historical mentions and the significance of Marma points as vital centers of life force (Prana). It suggests therapeutic potentials of stimulating Marma points for various ailments.
  • Link to the paper

Full plan of experience

The following schedule provides a general outline of the duration and activities aimed at facilitating the integration of the retreat's teachings into your daily life.

At the place
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
7 day, 6 nights
$ 1100 / person

Experience schedule

Day 1: Introduction and Relaxation

  • Morning: Arrival and orientation, followed by a basic head massage to ease into the retreat.
  • Daytime: Introductory Kalaripayattu session focusing on basic stances and movements.
  • Evening: Foot massage to relieve travel fatigue and promote relaxation.

Day 2: Energizing the Body

  • Morning: Full-body energizing massage to awaken and stimulate the body.
  • Daytime: Kalaripayattu session focusing on flexibility and agility.
  • Evening: Neck and shoulder massage to relieve tension from martial arts practice.

Day 3: Deep Tissue Engagement

  • Morning: Deep tissue massage focusing on releasing muscle tightness.
  • Daytime: Advanced Kalaripayattu techniques with emphasis on endurance.
  • Evening: Back massage to soothe and realign spinal health.

Day 4: Midweek Integration

  • Morning: Abhyanga massage with medicated oils for total body nourishment.
  • Daytime: Combined practice of Kalaripayattu forms and techniques.
  • Evening: Marma point massage to unlock energy flow and enhance vitality.

Day 5: Reflexology and Recovery

  • Morning: Reflexology session to stimulate reflex points affecting various parts of the body.
  • Daytime: Recovery-focused Kalaripayattu session, emphasizing breathing and slow movements.
  • Evening: Scalp massage to improve circulation and induce deep relaxation.

Day 6: Strengthening and Fortification

  • Morning: Sports massage to prepare the body for intense physical activity.
  • Daytime: Intensive Kalaripayattu session, focusing on strength and combat techniques.
  • Evening: Leg massage to alleviate soreness and enhance muscle recovery.

Day 7: Completion and Reflection

  • Morning: Ayurvedic facial massage to rejuvenate the skin and reflect on the week’s learnings.
  • Daytime: Review and practice of key Kalaripayattu techniques learned throughout the week.
  • Evening: Closing ceremony with a full-body relaxation massage to integrate the week's experiences and prepare for departure.

Each day is designed to build upon the previous, ensuring a progressive enhancement of both physical and mental wellbeing, integrating the therapeutic effects of massages with the discipline and energy of Kalaripayattu.


Dr. C. S. Suchith

3rd generation expert in Marma therapy and Kalaripaiyattu

7 day, 6 nights
$ 1100 / person
Upcoming next:
1st week of June, July & Aug 2025
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