This article is a good read.
What I’d like to say is, however, that the exercises you’ll find in a Kalari or Akhara are all extensions of the above principle. Doing them with proper form, down to eye movement and breath control will provide a neural reset that fixes most of the chronic musculoskeletal pains that plague modern populations. Pains that get over diagnosed and overtreated.
What doesn’t get corrected with movement, might need a helping hand in the form of manual therapy.
Further layers can be added to the treatment in the form of a dietary regime, supplements, prayer (mindfulness, gratitude, better interoception)
If you put this all together, you’ll get to something very similar to what real practitioners of Ayurveda have been doing for centuries.
We’ve lost our way. Ayurveda is losing it’s way.
Whatever the treatment for you choose, it should be supplementing your own physical practice.
The treatment should add to what you’re doing correct mistakes and compensate for faulty patterns and over indulgences in your regular movement practice.
Earlier, one wouldn’t need a dedicated movement practice. Most people had physically demanding jobs that made sure that their body got worked in every possible axis.Even groups that stuck to sedentary occupation because of their occupation, would have a physical practice like yoga, or kung fu.
These days we hunch over computers, stare at mobile phone screens for 10 hours a day, every day, and then reach for painkillers or go for a yearly ayurvedic retreat.
The pain is a signal, that you’re doing something wrong. Using ayurvedic preparations or a short massage session will not fix the problem permanently. You’ll need to take an honest look at your lifestyle and see what your movement practice lacks.
I’m sure it lacks pandiculation.