Godhum Kizhi is a therapy by which whole body or specific parts are made to sweat by using warm bundles containing of herbal powders, wheat herbal leaves etc. These bags are then placed with varying degrees of pressure on different body parts, with special focus on areas where the marma – or nerve points – are located. This followed by specific massaged, done using the fingers, heel of the hand or palm. The pressure application varies according to the nature of ailment and spot. This therapy is basically a perspiration induced body scrub followed by herbal bath.
The term Kizhi means “Bundle” in malayalam. Kizhi (Potali massage) is a massage therapy mainly aims to enhance and protect the health and wellness of the whole body and purifies and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.
Kizhi mainly provides heat for aggravated vata and vata kapha conditions. Aches and pains associated with joints and muscular skelton are caused by aggravation of vata. The heat generated in kizhi help to pacify the aggravated vata thus reliving the associated pain immediately more over the enhanced blood supply due to hot fomentation helps to recover from muscular pain. Enhanced circulation reduces the oxidate stress thereby relieving the psycho-physical symptoms of stress.