Malishwala, A dying profession

From the ancient ages oil massage is popular and well-practiced in India for holistic healing and detoxifying body, mind and spirit. Hogenakkal Falls is hidden away in Tamil Nadu’s Dharmapuri district, alongside the Kaveri river. Along with the majestic view of the Falls, Hogenakkal has some famous oil massages which is also a major tourist attraction of this place.

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There is a cemented space dedicated to the malishwalas of Hogenakkal Falls. Many people go for oil massage in Hogenakkal before jumping into waterfall to get fresh oil bath.

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Malishwalas apply their massaging tricks in the fourteen massage points in the male body that enhances blood circulation especially to the nerve endings, tone muscles, increases mental alertness, smooth en skin, improves elimination of impurities from the body and gives better and deeper sleep at night. And that why scores of men with oil-covered bodies glistening in the sun is the most common sight of this place.

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Malishwalas are well registered and expert in this unconventional massaging technique. They also carry identity cards while providing massage service to the tourists. But as these days society is more indulged into spa culture, this unsophisticated lackluster traditional process is lagging behind. Malishwalas have started loosing clients and their livelihood is being affected. Seems like this ancient profession is also going to be extinct in near future.

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