You should absolutely come to one of our courses!
When I started learning Ayurvedic Yoga Massage I was very strong, I had a strong, daily 90-120 minute yoga practice, and I learned AYM from some pretty strong male therapists. So of course offering AYM was very easy for me, and I didn’t really think about how the way I was practising influenced my body at all – I didn’t need to!
Then I got really busy with massage sessions, and I just didn’t have the time and energy for my strong yoga practice any more (that’s the main reason I started teaching, the world needs more Ayurvedic Yoga Massage therapists!). Soon, I discovered that the way I was practising AYM was not sustainable. My back, shoulders and neck became stiff and started cramping.
Luckily, my amazing yoga teacher (Joey Miles, Ashtanga Yoga Leeds) had taught me to adjust my yoga practice to how my body was feeling so that it’s healing, rather than aggravating whe. I am tired, stiff or injured. So I applied the same principles to my massage practice. Ever since, giving massage has been helping my body to gently strengthen and move, becoming slightly more supple with every treatment I give. Of course, giving massage in not enough to maintain my body optimally healthy, I also need a yoga/movement practice. But ever since, giving massage has been helping my body, rather than stiffening it.
When I started teaching, I initially taught the way I was taught, we just show people what we do, right? Well, not quite! Everyone’s body is different, we are different shapes and sizes, and our bodies have different histories and needs. One of my students came to a weekend training with me and then informed me that she had stopped practising, as “giving AYM hurt her back”. I was gobsmacked, and obviously knew I had done something wrong, as floor based massage is essentially movement, and either resting or sliding our weight on the client – there is a comfortable and healing way of moving and resting some part of our body to something that is below us for everyone! I felt like I had failed that student, and wasted her time and financial resources.
This was the inspiration to start really engraving in my students’ minds that if what I show them to do is not comfortable for them, either during or after their courses, they should tell me! There is DEFINITELY an easy way of doing it that will feel good to them. And guess what, when we are comfortable we give better massage, so it’s in the interest of our clients to do that too. There is absolutely no point in suffering as massage therapists! If you are uncomfortable, you are doing it wrong.
What ensued has been exciting, inspiring, and really how I want to be spending my life. Our students learn to explore movement, stay in touch with me after their courses, and feel better in their bodies than before. And I have learned so much about movement, joints, different body types, and wellness.
Thank you to all our students (and clients!) who understand that we don’t have all the answers! But we can definitely use our experience and intuition to help them explore, learn to listen to their bodies with more awareness, develop their own intuition, and find their own, healthy ways to move each and every day”