Ayurvedic Yoga massage

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

I have been practicing Dru Yoga and Meditation for a number of years and for me it has been a journey that has transformed me in many ways. To enable me to provide something a little more unique in what I already do I looked at many massage courses but they weren’t for me, that is until I cam across Ayurvedic Massage (AYM) which I was drawn to immediately.  After doing some research I decided to study AYM and now, the more I practice this therapy, the more I think it was one of my best decisions I have made.

For me, AYM is an extension of my yoga and meditation practice where I can connect with each individual through movement and breathe (prana), releasing deep muscular tension and stress for the client as well as creating a sense of inner stillness for both the client and myself.

What is Ayurvedic Massage (AYM)

AYM combines deep tissue oil massage with synchronised breath work and yoga based stretching. This method was developed By Master Kusum Modak in Pune, India in the early 1980’s.

The individual session of AYM is given on a mattress on the floor for a complete range of stretching to be carried out.

The treatment involves deep tissue massage to help remove knots in the muscles to dissolve physical tension and stress, followed by assisted yoga stretches. All the movements are combined with co-ordinated breath work. Both hands and feet are used in the delivery of the massage.  Furthermore, the unique tool of the AYM is the use of Calamus powder with a little oil to bring out toxins from the body, the scrubbing and stimulating feeling awakens the skin, blood circulation and senses.

Benefits at a physical, psychological and energetic level:
  • Harmonises the flow of vital energy (Prana) and includes a deep sense of stillness and opening.
  • Stimulates breathing capacity and promotes the circulation of all the body’s fluids.
  • Releases tension in the muscles and loosens joint stiffness.
  • Stretches fascia and realigns body structure
  • Increases the range of movement and improves correct posture.
  • Enhances muscular co-ordination
  • Promotes circulation of all body fluids
  • Reduces muscular tension
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Realigns anatomical structure
  • Increases energy
Contra-indications to massage:
  • Contagious diseases
  • Skin infection
  • Acute circulatory problems (thrombosis, phlebitis)
  • Bone fractures
  • Early post-surgery stage
  • Open wounds
  • Burns
  • High fever
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer: consult the client’s doctor to obtain permission before offering massage session