CITTER Healing - Introduction


This is a programme specially designed for foreign travelers coming to India for a holiday who will be interested to learn and have some basic experience in some pain reliving practices that are very ancient and very effective that they can learn to use and give relief to others. To have an opportunity to learn and know of an ancient linage and tradition that is considered to be the mother of all healing practices in the world.

This 3 week training and practice develops your skill and experience to handle very basic requirements that can give relief  to pain. The training is based on message technique's and special oils that go hand in hand to bring about such relief to anyone.

This is just an introduction programme that gives you basic fundementals that you can simply use to help others out in giving them some kind of relief.

The programme is based in Chidambaram and runs 6 days in the week.


Citter Massage Therapy is over 10,000 years in practice to bring Relaxation and Pain Relief and is part of a traditional holistic system of healing. Citter massage therapy is a practice passed down through generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. Massage is believed to restore the body’s natural and physical balance so that it can heal naturally.

About Massage Therapy

Citter Massage Therapy is over 10,000 years in practice to bring Relaxation and Pain Relief and is part of a traditional holistic system of healing. Citter massage therapy is a practice passed down through generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. Massage is believed to restore the body’s natural and physical balance so that it can heal naturally.

The history of massage therapy dates back to ancient Tamil Citter practices. The Citters travelled to China and South East Asia where they spread the teachings of the Citters and gave a combination of skills and practices of medicine, martial arts and the spiritual yoga training. As culture and history evolved, they were adopted into Buddhist and Taoist teachings and practices. The Chinese adopted the Citter methods based on the understanding that disease was caused by an imbalance or deficiency of energy of various pathways. The ancient Chinese developed a text called The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine that is today considered a staple of massage therapy alternative medicine (acupuncture, acupressure and herbal remedies).

Later, monks studying Buddhism in China brought massage therapy to Japan in 1000 BCE and put their own twist on it, calling it “anma,” later known as Shiatsu. This technique is designed to regulate and strengthen organs by rebalancing energy levels through the stimulation of pressure points.

By 2500 BCE, massage therapy had made its way to Egypt through the Citter linage, where this system is depicted in tomb paintings.

The Egyptians influenced the Greeks and Romans who used massage therapy in different ways. In Greece, between 800 and 700 BCE, athletes used massage to condition their bodies before competitions, and doctors often applied herbs and oils in combination with massage to treat various medical conditions. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” treated physical injuries in the 5th Century BCE with friction, a massage technique, and was the first to prescribe a combination of massage, proper diet, exercise, fresh air and music to restore health imbalance – a remedy we hear of even today.

Roman physician Galen, in the 1st Century BCE, used massage therapy on emperors, echoing Hippocrates’ ideas of treating injuries and illnesses. The wealthy Romans would have massages in their homes, but the general public would flock to the Roman baths for  “spa” treatments and full-body massages, to stimulate circulation and loosen their joints.

In the early 1800s, Swedish doctor/gymnast/teacher Per Henrik Ling created a method that became known as the Swedish Movement Cure to help relieve chronic pain. As much medical gymnastics as massage therapy, it was the precursor to what we now know as Swedish massage – a style that involves stroking, pressing, squeezing and striking.

Whereas Ling’s method used massage in his movements, 19th-Century Dutchman Johan George Mezger is credited with incorporating techniques that are used today.

America jumps on the massage therapy bandwagon - As early as the 1700s, “rubbers” (women hired by surgeons to treat orthopedic problems with manual rubbing and friction) were the massage practitioners of the day. By the 1850s, however, “medical gymnasts” used movement and manipulation, as developed by Ling, to do the same thing. Their comprehensive training included anatomy, physiology, hygiene, pathology and movement perceptions that they practiced in hospitals and clinics.

By the late 1800s, the names “masseur” and “masseuse” became popular. These practitioners were trained in soft tissue manipulation à la Mezger. Hydrotherapy was used in conjunction with massage at this time and could be considered the origin of today’s spa services, like body wraps and scrubs.

Curiously, the full-body massage became part of the “rest cure” for the melancholy known as neurasthenia that was popular among society ladies who lived the wealthy life of the late 1800s.

Massage therapy in the 20th and 21st Centuries - The demand for masseurs and masseuses increased in the early 1900s. By the 1930s, Swedish massage had evolved, and the physiotherapists who used it in regular medicine helped massage therapy to become a legitimate and respectable form of medicine.

Once physical therapy was licensed in the 1950s, massage therapy had its own category. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) was established and laid the groundwork for today’s massage practitioners by establishing ethics and education standards.

Between 1970 and 2000, massage therapy experienced a transformation, as people chose to live  healthier lifestyles and preferred  more holistic approaches to health care, pain management and restoring and maintaining  healthy bodies.

Citter Massage Therapy is your training and practice... takes you back to the roots of massage therapy.

This Training Course begins on the First Wednesday of the 1st week of each month.


"With the growing research base and the recognition of the benefits of massage in the healthcare arena, massage is a "kneaded" component of a wellness regimen."

Please email us to book your Training date, you choose to attend to at Chidambaram.

Please note that you would have to make your own arrangement for  accommodation and your food. We can help you book into a hotel, if you wish.


Daily training and study begins at

8.30 am and will conclude by 6.00pm each day.

Citter Healing is an authentic Citter clinic and healing center managed by qualified doctors. The center is about holistic healing with natural therapies to balance your body, mind, and spirit.

Citter Healing offers a holistic service with experienced qualified doctors and therapists who will advise and treat you competently and sensitively according to ancient principle of Citter.

Citter Healing is about advocating comprehensive nature-based practices and regeneration. The approach of our doctors includes all aspects of life and offer a great new experience on many levels.

The Training

The training we offer you for 3 weeks is priced at US$195.00. Place is limited as we take only a few participants to give a more personal touch. You will receive a 'Training' certificate that entitles you to join our other therapy courses on offer directly to advance your practice.

About – The Path

Citter Massage is a herbalized oil massage in which applying pressure and varying strokes go hand in hand. In the body, the nerves, blood vessels, organs, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones. are considered as the seats of  the life force, the vital energy. The practice of this massarge in general is to improve vitality and in specific the issues at hand of the client. This therapy is highly beneficial in muscular stiffness and poor circulation.  The massage stimulates, with specific strokes and required certain amounts of pressure in order to boost the effects that can help the body to begin to work for itself.

The Citter massage is highly recommended for muscle stiffness, neck pain, low back pain, muscle pull, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, golfers elbow, joint pains, feeling blocked, feeling heavy, tiredness, low energy, lack of motivation, negative emotions and so on. A session of Citter massage helps in improving wellness for the individual. This system of massage is also very beneficial in improving digestion, circulation, general metabolism and relaxation.

The Practice

Citter Massage is distinct from other massage forms worldwide. The high end of the massage therapy involves the knowledge and experience of Varma & Marma which forms an integral part of Ancient Citter massage therapy and is a practice one develops over time.

The practice begins with the basics. It teaches you first and foremost how to use your hands and fingers to provide massage with the right oils and herbs. You concentrate simply in this area step by step under the supervision of a master in these specialised techniques. You will be taught certain breathing exercises that you need to use while the therapy is given. Remember there is an exchange of energy taking place with you as a giver and the client as a taker and therefore the energy must be right and balanced. Furthermore, the mindset is important to both. All these will go into the training for you to understand and experience for yourself. This experience will give you the ability to build yourself and the practice.

In the next level you will first begin to practice with a partner. You will take turns to feel and experience as a giver and as a taker. This practice will be on going to get the feel. Once you are ready you will begin to work with clients.

This will conclude your training of 3 weeks giving you a basic experience and knowledge of this system that you can use to help others. You will be awarded a ‘Training’ certificate.

For those who wish to get more involved in this therapy and want to become a professional, can look at the other course we offer and have council with our masters to decide your next step to fulfil your interest and ambition.

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