The Chavutti Thirumal massage technique has been practised in southern India for centuries.
I am stark naked, face down on a mat in a brightly lit room wearing what can perhaps best be likened to an extremely skimpy nappy (actually a folded hand towel that has been fashioned into a sort of loincloth). Above me, a rope is suspended from one side of the room to the other.This is my first experience of Chavutti Thirumal, a full-body massage originating in southern India, where practitioners use the rope for balance while they massage you with their feet.
Devotees claim that this provides the deepest, most relaxing massage around. But I am finding it hard to overcome a profound sense of trepidation.
Emma Field, a practitioner with 20 years' experience and Britain's only Chavutti teacher, tries to reassure me as she douses my body with chilly oil. "It is a popular misconception that we walk on people," she says. "In fact, we never walk on people - the rope is just there to aid balance."
Why do Chavutti practitioners use their feet rather than their hands? "With the foot, it is possible to cover the entire body with one single stroke." It is also, Field says, possible to go deeper with the feet.
Source - Telegraph