In the UK we are very lucky, as we just need some insurance and to be a member of a professional association to start practising massage, and you don’t need to complete more than Level 1 to be able to acquire insurance and we can offer you an one-year student membership of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapists Association after even one level of training with us. So after completing even just level 1, you will be able to give treatments safely to clients, and you will be able to start charging.
For every technique that we teach, we teach you indications (when it is useful for the client) and contra-indications (when it should not be used). We also teach you how to amend each technique for different client needs and health conditions. So all techniques that you learn, you will be able to practise safely. In Level 1, the pace of teaching is slower, so that all students understand how to offer the techniques safely, and the pace progressively picks up as students understand better how to adjust massage, tractions, stretches and mobilisations to different client needs (injuries, health conditions etc.).
We are committed to making our training to be accessible to everyone. Being able to practise and earn already after the Level 1 training is a distinct advantage for students who are low on funds, as you can use the money that you earn from your treatments to continue with your training. We do not recommend that someone just trains in one or two levels of AYM and then continues to work as a therapist indefinitely. Traditionally, students would have to sign up for at least a two week training (Levels 1-4) in one go to be accepted to study AYM. But we recognise that this does not align with the reality of many of our students’ lives. It can be very difficult financially to take two weeks off your other work, and at the same time find the funds to pay for a Level 1-4 training, even in installments. Also, some of our students are already trained in different modalities, and they just want to understand the technique so that they incorporate some of it into their existing practice.
However, we do of course recommend that you attend as many levels as you can, in as close a succession as you can, and that serves you. If you do not have training in yoga anatomy, physiology and pathology we do have some excellent trainings to recommend, and we have managed to secure extremely competitive rates for our students, and the opportunity to pay in interest free installments. Also by attending further levels of training you will have the opportunity to review what you have learned and get personalised in-depth feedback, as well as learning many more techniques, that will help you be able to respond much better to a much wider range of client needs.
Depending on students’ previous experience and learning styles, some of our students are able to offer amazing treatments straight after their training, their treatments feel like they flow straight away and their clients say that the massage they received from our beginner therapists is often the best they have ever received in their lives. Other students might feel like their treatments are a little clunky straight after their training, and they might need a little practice on friends and family or on other local AYM therapists for free, or at discounted rates, before they can charge for full priced treatments. During those practice/discounted treatments you will be able to use your course manual and training videos as reminders, before your treatments start flowing. Despina has supported hundreds of students through this process, and she will be there to support you every step of the way too, directly through messages/phonecalls as necessary, or through our weekly mentorship sessions by videocall.