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Rita Petrova

I am so grateful to Despina for the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage level 1-2 course! I am very satisfied with the course for many reasons. First, the atmosphere was very friendly and supportive. The group was small, we were only 8. We learned theory, then tried to practise and swapped, asking questions and getting answers. I learned a lot about massage, anatomy, the human body, and other different important things about how to do it right, step by step. Each moment of these days was very useful because of the high level, excellent teaching. Also I have met new friends with the same interest and passion. And what amazing organic food chosen by Despina we had for lunch and breaks! I really enjoyed it! And of course the main thing is that I have enough knowledge to start my practice offering separate AYM sessions or combining it with my yoga privates. One small thing more is that I became more conscious and stopped rushing. I found more meditative way to work, which makes me feel happier.

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Christina Bolt

“I was lucky enough to attend Levels 1-4 in Greece with Despina. Not only is she a fantastic teacher, creating easy to follow content and notes but also a fantastic host. I’ve rarely eaten such wonderful food, the beaches were beautiful, the villages we visited all unique and lovely and the people open and generous.

I learnt so much in those 2 weeks it’s almost hard to believe! Back home Despina stays in contact to help with any future learning, gives tips for setting up your business and has brought me in contact with a whole new group of wonderful people as a support network. Fantastic!”

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Filipa Pinto, Level 2 Therapist

Despina is a great teacher. I enjoyed doing L1-2 and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do this life changing course. I also believe this is the most complete and effective massage course I have done.


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Laura Kay

I recently attended an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage workshop with Despina. It was great! We covered neck and head massage. She demonsrated the techniques very well, so it was easy to understand and remember. She is a great teacher and I look forward to learning more from her.”

Laura Kay, In Touch Leeds

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Gerry Turvey, Yoga Teacher and Choreographer

I recently attended one of Despina’s 4 hour massage workshops. She created a warm welcoming atmosphere and made everyone feel comfortable as soon as we arrived. Her explanations, insights and demonstrations were all clearly put across and everyone had enough time to practice. She was encouraging and helped everyone to get the most out of the afternoon.

I gained some useful techniques, in a short space of time. I would however suggest you have time to put some of these techniques into practice after the workshop….a bonus for friends and family!

Highly recommended, I felt wonderful afterwards, and enjoyed meeting new people. Well worth it! Thanks Despina”

Gerry Turvey, Yoga teacher and choreographer

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Oana Paunas, Level 4 Therapist

When I decided to start a massage course I had no idea where and what I wanted to do. Took me a while to find this amazing massage and a good friend to recommend me Despina as a teacher and a guide into my journey. She is a wonderful person and her energy is pure and authentic.

I was looking for a teacher with a good soul and a big heart. Patience and calm. Someone that i can feel comfortable around and in the same time someone that actually care for their passion.
Meeting Despina was the best thing for me as she’s got everything I’ve asked for.

Thank you Despina for the wonderful experience and the lovely vibes of Chios! I loved every single minute spend around you, the other students and your lovely family.

Deciding to come and do the full course with you was the best thing I have done for myself, the best investment in myself, as now I’m absolutely loving it.
Love your patience to teach and your freedom of sharing your knowledge with me.

Thank you for the lovely food, thank you for taking us around the island, thank you for your kindness and thank you for your time

I highly recommend Despina, her treatments and courses to anyone who is looking to do something amazing for themselves.


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Jaroslava Tomanova, University Student 

Great experience! I attended the Head, neck and face workshop and definitely would recommend it. It made me very excited to give more massages to my friends and family and learn more. I have no previous experience with learning massage technique (apart from nice looking youtube videos). I think Despina is a great teacher. The 4 hour workshop was well structured and planned, we had time to receive some theoretical knowledge, watch her demonstrate the technique, practice on each other and share our reflections and feedback at the end of the session. Very impressive planning I think! She brought a printed guide with photos and instructions for everyone – which I loved (you can take your own notes or write directly in the guide). She brought shared lunch so we had time to socialize, eat and get to know each other little bit more. I really liked her open approach to everyone’s own techniques, tastes and needs. Overall fantastic experience.


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Sandra Batista

For quite some time I had a little inner voice telling me to experience an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage session or workshop. I believe that everything is incredibly aligned and I finally got the chance to do a back and shoulders workshop with Despina. She is an incredible and passionate teacher with the warmest personality, a beautiful technique and attention to detail and she makes you feel confident and supported throughout the session! I totally recommend AYM and Despina’s workshops – I am already booked for the next head, shoulders, neck and face workshop and looking at doing the level 1-2 in the near future!


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Yasmine Khan, Yoga Teacher

The 4 hour Back and Shoulder Ayurvedic Yoga Massage that I attended at ‘The Shala’ far exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere, intimate group size and the attention to detail combined with the warmth of delivery was superb.

Despina is a skilled and knowledgable practitioner and this is totally embodied in the way she shares so passionately during the training. I look forward to doing more workshops and would recommend this workshop highly to yogis, massage therapists and any other bodyworkers.


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Amanda Crossfield

I really enjoyed learning AYM with Despina, she is extremely knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience that she is able to pass on. The courses are informative, and practical with loads of hand-on practice. I learnt so much! And I thoroughly enjoyed them!


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Alison Grace, Choreographer

Despina’s AYM teaching has given me the skills to practice on different bodies in a safe and sensitive way. I always come away from her classes feeling good in my own body too!


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Nawal Careem, Level 4 Therapist

Over the past two years, I have attended a weekend intro course, several 4-hour workshops and L1-2 courses with Despina. It has been just been amazing! Her teaching technique which is very hands-on combined with her knowledge and reassurance has given me confidence in my new found skill. I was able to give sessions to friends just after a few days practice.

Nawal Careem

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Alistair Findlay, Level 2 Therapist

Just completed the AYM L1 / L2 training with Despina, I loved the relaxed atmosphere and her hands-on approach to teaching. It quickly became apparent that not only was Despina an amazing massage therapist, she was also a natural teacher which allowed myself and the other students to quickly gain confidence in what we were doing. The combination of demonstration, detailed handouts and frequent massage practise sessions worked brilliantly. Whether you’re a massage therapist looking to learn AYM or just looking to add to your life skills I would highly recommend attending one of Despina’s workshops or training courses.

Alastair Findlay, Therapist, Aberdeen

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Silvia Maquirriain, Level 5 Therapist

Despina is a 5 star teacher no doubt about it. She is welcoming, personable and very approachable. She is very generous too! Generous with her knowledge, her skills, her time, as well as all the yummy food she provided us with during the level 1-2 training! While she taught the class she found time to sort out my Psoas which had been making me very miserable. All in a day’s work for Despina!

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Michelle Owen

I’d been looking for a massage course for a long time before finding Despina. Nothing had felt right before. I was looking for a teacher who was wise, experienced, has a heart for people, and an instinctive way of responding to health and the body. Despina is all of those things. She is very knowledgable, and that shines through. She really knows her craft and cares about people and those she is passing it on to. She believes in what she does, and having spent a week with her, feeling the impact of this approach – so do I. I have left the course really excited about sharing, and feeling confident to do so. Not only have I learnt loads, I feel like I’ve been on the most amazing retreat.

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Kat Kafka

Yoga Teacher, Morocco

“Harriet’s sunny disposition and natural demeanour made me feel the good vibes right from the beginning of the treatment. She seems to be intuitively connected with the human body, knows where to press and where to sooth. She responds and treats the aches and pains with a gentle yet strong touch. I have a sensitive lower back and few other issues, but Harriet made my muscles so relaxed and her touch feels very healing. I felt that she loves what she does and she gives directly from her heart. I give 10 out of 10 and hope to see you soon for another divine massage! Thank you”

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Hélène Lo

Head of Product data at L’ORÉAL Competitive Martial Artist

Joy is the most caring massage therapist I’ve ever come across. She will go the extra mile to understand your body mechanics and try to untie your knots in the long run. Don’t be fooled by her petite frame, she actually has the strength of a professional male wrestler when she needs to.

As a very competitive martial artist, my body very often requires maintenance. Having someone who knows my long term injuries and my muscle structure is invaluable.She has helped me keep my body proficient in the run up to competitions and also recover faster during the off season.

Whether you’re a professional athlete, working in an office all day or a busy stay-at-home mum, Joy will be able to relieve the pressure and stress from your day to day life with her magical hands!

I couldn’t recommend her more, you will feel the benefit of her massages over time!

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Joy has been my masseuse for the last year, as I have lower back/sciatica issues along with very tight shoulders. I have always lived in London, and it has been very difficult to find a good masseuse. I need deep tissue massages to relieve tension in my back and have seen many therapists over the years with little success. I was recommended Joy by my trainer and she exceeded my expectations. Joy consistently provides massages at an excellent standard, listens to your needs and provides helpful advice on stretches that can be done in your own time . . . She is very active in developing her skills which is reflective in her treatments. Highly recommend!

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Aaron Hinchliffe

Head Muay Thai Instructor at London Fight Factory, Competitive Martial Artist

After having spend the majority of my life as a competitive athlete, i’ve accumulated many different injuries and problems with my body’s performance over the years. I had been really turned off my sports massage in the UK after a few bad experiences, and so saved my money for training trips abroad where I would get massages as and when I could. Before a recent competition I came across The Little Satori and decided to give their deep tissue massage a try as it was so convenient to reach from my house (I live in the area). Without a doubt this was the best massage I ever had. My therapist Joy greeted me at the door and immediately made me feel at ease with her demeanour (other professional massage studios often can be a little clinical, in my experience). After filling out a quick form and a chat about my issues, Joy set me up on the massage table in her quiet and very comfortable studio. Not only was she incredibly knowledgeable about the body, she was able to zero in on all my issues very quickly and by the end had me feeling relaxed, looser and even a little energised by the whole experience. I will definitely be going back to The Little Satori soon, and I think I’ve already recommended Joy to all my friends and family. You won’t regret making a booking here.

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Vidushi Jain

Joy has been my therapist for quite sometime now. I get regular massage done and after a lot of sessions with various therapists I decided to hold on to Joy. I personally think she’s excellent in her field and knows exactly how to make you feel relaxed and calm. The after effects of the session prove the sincerity with which Joy does her job. I absolutely love her!!! I wish her all the success, health and wealth in the years to come!!!

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“Thank you so much for the massage.This is the first time in a very very long time I’ve woken up without a headache”

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“I have experienced probably one of the best massages I have had. It was relaxing and full of strength. Ioana asked me if I had any problem areas that she could concentrate more on. I had a pain on my lower right side of my back and she really took that into consideration. Working thoroughly but carefully on my tender muscles Oana was able to decrease my pain dramatically.

Oana works very delicately and peacefully making sure she is aware of her own strength and how much the client can handle. Oana works beautifully with her clients and I feel she really cares. There is so much passion that she doesn’t even realise that she might have gone overtime! I love the fact that it is not such a ‘traditional’ massage but rather one that we are not quite use to nowadays. Oana brings passion and peace with her and she pushes that onto you. I leave every time after a massage from her feeling incredibly at peace and very calm”

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“When Oana massaged me I had a back pain in one particular spot that lasted for nearly a month and seemed like i would never get rid of. Not only the massage was very relaxing and mind clensing, at the end of the session the pain was gone and hadn’t returned. It’s been 5 months since. It’s a shame i don’t live in the UK to be able to have more sessions.
Oana’s massage was a treatment for my mind, body and soul”

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“Absolutely incredible massage. Oana has magic hands and amazing patience and devotion. She does a relaxing but intense deep massage. I feel like my aches and pains have all disappeared! All the stiffness after pregnancy and 3 months of brestfeading got me in to a point where I though just with phisioterphy I can get an improvement. I sincerely recomanda Oana for a full body massage specialy as a new mum you’re back and neck are in much need.
I felt so relaxed after I had the message , just as a return from a relaxing holiday . Thanks a lot!”

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“I had the most beautiful massage experience from Oana. From the beginning and throughout the treatment, Oana put me at ease and wanted to ensure I was totally comfortable. She took the time to get to know me, what I wanted out of it, what areas of my body needed the most work. I loved this holistic approach.
The room itself was set up so wonderfully, with sensual aromas that relaxed me immediately and kept me in a tranquil state throughout the treatment. Oana used incredible smelling oils – she let me choice the scents which resonated with my energy; it was fun to choose between such different scents.
The massage itself was so special. Oana has a great strength about her which she takes into her massage. My shoulders and back were very tense, and Oana worked with my pain thresholds to help get rid of knots, which is what I wanted. The rest of massage was deep relaxation which was a fantastic unwinding experience.
I loved the powder Oana used which gave an extra sensation to the massage, and acted like an exfoliator. This was so exciting and different, and helped bring feeling back to parts of my body which were stagnant. My skin felt incredible after!
I am practically insatiable for Oana’s massage technique, and had not felt so relaxed in such a long time. Starting being a bit stressed, to wanting to go straight to sleep after the massage and just chill was fantastic.
I would recommend Oana to anyone looking for a massage – her mix of technique plus her energy, love and care is so magical and rare, and just what you need to ground and reconnect you”

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I had the privilege of meeting Oana at the love shack, a vegan cafe in London. I had recently damaged my lower back being a carer for my mum and helping her to move around. My back would lock and go into spasms which hurt immensely. Oana introduced some ayevedic yoga massage which I had never had or yet heard of. Ioana used different oils on both occasions to work and locate the main root source of where pain was coming from. Oana’s relaxing touch along with stretching process alleviated the pain and gave me considerably more movement. Oana has a very gentle and effective approach to her massage in which she is very attuned to. Thank you Oana, your a healer.

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Olivia Frank

Service Co-ordinator, Leeds

‘Have tried many massage therapies but none had the impact on my back pain and stressed body as this Yoga massage. Nawal truly have magical hands and always finds the knots and areas that need to be dealt with. She always makes me feel relaxed and the combination of massage and stretching always leaves me feeling like a new person after. I can highly recommend it!’


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Klara Doherty


‘An absolutely fantastic massage! Nawal managed to work out a lot of muscle tension while also keeping it very relaxing. I’ve never felt so rejuvenated after a massage. Thank you Nawal’!

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Laura Kay

Massage therapist, London

Nawal’s massages are the best!! I find Ayurvedic yoga massage to be invigorating and deeply relaxing. Nawal has a wonderful touch and is great at finding and loosening any tight, tense or painful parts of the body. She makes you feel instantly at ease. Nawal listens to you and your body and varies the treatment accordingly. The massage and stretches fit together perfectly to rejuvenate your body. I thoroughly recommend Nawal and her therapy!

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Katie Cartledge

GP, Leeds

I would recommend this to anyone- either for specific tension or just needing an hour or two to relax! Ayurvedic yoga massage is very different to any other kind of massage I have ever had and I can honestly say it is the best. You leave feeling completely refreshed in every way. I have had 5-10 massages from Nawal so far and would have one weekly if I was still in Leeds. You must try it to believe it!

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“I met Beatrice at the Mulberry Centre at West Middlesex Hospital where she volunteered and provided cancer patients with free reflexology massage. This helped me immensely with my anxiety and stress levels when going through treatment and I can’t ever thank her enough. E have now kept in touch and I make sure I fit in a reflexology session at least once every couple of months. It helps to release toxins and unwind.”

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Mujeeb Habib


Joanna‘s massage was very intuitive she applies the perfect pressure and finds areas of tension without needing to let her know. This means you can just relax and trust that she totally knows her business. I could tell she had excellent training and she loves her work. Her massage is a joy and leaves you feeling stress free and with a great feeling of wellbeing. I recommend her massage to anyone who is interested in having a massage from someone who really cares about what they do and about you.

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Elisabeth J.

“What a divine massage! I was lucky enough to have Andrea treat me on Sunday 26th February. I went along with no prior knowledge of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage at all – but a lot of Sports Massage experience. And I am happy to say it felt just as effective as a Sports Massage – Andrea was very thorough, firm and calming. I actually found myself switching off mentally – which is something I very rarely do ever! I felt like I had a complete body relax and my mind felt rested. Andrea is a very warm and kind person – and I cannot recommend her enough, book her! Thank you Andrea and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage for such a blissful experience.”

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Ewelina Patkowska

“Amazing Massage with Andrea! I highly recommend her to everyone, especially to those who spend long hours in the office, train intensively or just simply look for a great way to relax. I had one hour session with her, during which I relaxed completely. Andrea is a professional, her touch – firm, and her instructions are clear. When the tension in my muscles disappeared, I forgot about all my stress and felt like a newborn. It was a wonderful experience. The best massage ever I’m sure I’ll soon call Andrea again. She’s got golden hands.”

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“Hello, this is to share the wonderful experience I had while having a massage with Andrea. She first created a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, I could almost say that her inner self prepared for that moment. She put relaxing music and explained what she was going to do. She showed great care while doing the massage, focused on what she was doing, relaxed, and strongly confident. She used the exact amount of strength for what I needed in that moment, so I didn’t have more pain for days after the massage. Her hands were warm, like transmitting energy, and she also used her feet, which was new for me compared to the massages that I received before. I felt my muscles not only relaxed, but as if they were refreshed on the inside. I didn’t want the massage to finish and I’m willing to receive more massages from her… and I hope to receive them soon!”

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Actress, Camberwell

“I had my first Ayurvedic yoga massage with Tali nearly a year ago and the effect it had on me was deeply powerful, so much so that I am now working with Tali regularly, receiving ongoing support through her tailored healing massages- in my case releasing tension that I hold in my chest and womb. I talk to Tali freely and this in itself is a cathartic experience. Her grace and her willingness to listen as intently as she does, prepares my mental and physical state for the massage. Her approach is strong yet sensitive, concentrated but mindful of every part of me and its need for healing. She urges me to connect deeply with my emotional, spiritual and physical state. I release so much tension and feel a far greater sense of ease throughout the massage and afterwards. Since working with Tali, I have a clearer less clouded view of the world and the space around me. I am beginning to face my inner anxieties in a way that I could not access before and for that, I am eternally grateful. I feel blessed that I have connected with Tali and her practice. I strongly recommend work with her if you are looking for mental clarity and a physical release with a sense of empowerment afterwards.”

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Researcher, Islington

“Really thorough, and deeply restorative massage with Tali – and the method is really unique. I had a looot of tension in my back from sitting at a computer for ages and in the coming days after my massage with Tali, it got better and better. Treat yourself!”

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Doula, Stoke Newington

“Tali sent me in to deep relaxation. Her massage’s also work on lots of levels if you want it to, Tali will sensitively give you exactly what you need through her informal chat before and intuition. I felt I was touched in places that really needed it that I didn’t know existed! Afterwards I felt totally restored, renewed and balanced. ”

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“I had the pleasure to have received the most amazing Ayurvedic massage with Amanda. It was truly one of the best massages I’ve ever had!! She is very attentive and caring, with very good technique and skills. She has strong hands which can give very good pressure where I needed. My body and my mind felt completely relaxed after! I would highly recommend her for an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and I look forward to my next massage with her very soon!!”

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HR Specialist

“I think Amanda is truly talented and has a passion for massage! I was one of her first clients and she did such a professional job. She prepared a nice relaxing ambience (music, scents), made sure it was the right temperature in the room. Amanda explained what she was going to do, and asked for feedback during the session. She was very considerate of my back issues too. It was an excellent massage and I recommend Amanda to everyone.”

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“Having had a fair share of massages in my life time I can honestly say that Amanda’s hands are a pure delight. She has such a careful gentle personality which translates in her massages. Having said that, she shows great strength and can man handle anyone… Highly recommended therapist.”

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“I made the experience of Amanda’s massage in a moment of strong stress. The relief I felt under the touch of her warm hands was indescribable. She knew the right spots to touch and how much pressure to apply; she was gentle but firm, soft but secure. I allowed myself to fall into a dreamy and peaceful state of mind in which she brought me. Definitely something I would do regularly and recommend to everyone.”

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David Bradley

The Ayurvedic treatments I have received from the lovely Nora have been both relaxing and healing. The massage element of the treatment is relaxing and soothing whilst the deep tissue and pressure point therapy works deep into the muscles and fibres that are holding stress and injury. I have had many different treatments and massages over time but the Ayurvedic approach I find really natural and complete.

Nora has a very professional attitude and communicates well during the treatment to establish if the depth of the work is suitable and assuring that you are comfortable and at ease for the whole time. She has remarkable strength for such a slight person and is capable of providing the level of treatment to suit every body type.

I would thoroughly recommend a Ayurvedic treatment with Nora as a relaxing massage as part of your general health and well-being strategy or as a treatment for any specific injury or aches and pains. Nora’s treatments have definitely helped me and I am sure they will help you…

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Valena Tzvetanska

Being a yoga teacher, both training and teaching long hours can leave me not only physically, but emotionally exhausted at times. To give students direction and empower energy, taking time to nourish is a must!

Nora has helped me achieve a deep sense of relaxation with Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. Her knowledge, communication and clear direction, allow me to feel comfortable and able to let go during the sessions, which is essential in releasing any type of tension. We all deserve a treat, time to let go and recharge, no matter our profession! 

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Marzia Castelli

It was my first experience of Ayurvedic massage, and now I can say this is one of my favorite kind. Deep and relaxing, a real panacea for my neck/back pains.

Nora is professional, intuitive and caring. She knew immediately where my issues were, and when done with the session I felt good as new, totally relaxed and well stretched.

Definitely one of the best massages I’ve ever had. I highly recommend it, you won’t be disappointed.  

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Doncho Burdelov

Nora is kind and extremely good at what she does. She has a very calming effect from the moment you begin talking. Her intuition as a healer is on point times 1000. She also addressed some issues that I didn’t even express verbally. She makes you feel totally comfortable and really taken of. Excellent balance between therapeutic & relaxation. She is very knowledgeable about body mechanics & offers some sound advice & tips to take home with you. Highly recommend! Thank you so much Nora!

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Geoff Liddy

Having had hundreds of massages, (mostly for medical reasons) over the years for my spinal problems I was keen to have my first Ayurvedic experience. 

Nora brings the same enthusiasm and passion to this massage as she does to her very enjoyable yoga teachings.

My back and neck received most of the attention and it was indeed a most wonderful massage. It was soothing, energising, relaxing and emotional, I was definitely close to ‘floating off’ a few times.

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Jaz Nat Ali

The ayurvedic massage combines stretching and deep tissue massage. I was left in savasana feeling incredibly relaxed – in fact had Nora not sounded a chime I could have easily fallen asleep. The powder on the skin as well as the oil is delightful as it gently exfoliates, and as a masseuse Nora is very careful to make sure you are not in discomfort. Would recommend!

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Kelly S.

Basia is a knowledgeable and caring masseuse, and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is an amazing form of massage. I would highly recommend a treatment with her!

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Annette Thygesen


I received massages from Despina during my visit to Mysore 2013. In my experience, she’s very professional in her work; she’s intuitive, and has a unique ability to sense and understand the body of each individual. I would highly recommend her as a massage therapist.

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Sue Mannock

Cabin crew manager, British Airways

Despina THANK YOU you truly are amazing. Beyond massage. It feels like a holistic treatment, really fixing me from every perspective. Like no other massage, by far the best!


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Bea Luypaert

Head of Local Business Support, Statoil, Aberdeen

Well, I can tell you: I miss you! I have had other massages since you’ve been away. I can tell you that you are 100x better, what I am saying: even 200x! So please please, believe in yourself, and go for it, cause you are amazing! I have never been on another planet before, but when I got a massage from you, I was there…


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Russell Davison

Property consultant and ashtanga practitioner

I am 45 and had more massages off more masseurs than I could remember. Having had on-going issues with my neck and lower back I have had loads of pain relieving massages but also I have had countless massages just for the pleasure of it. Despina offers a fantastic combination of both deep tissue firm remedial type body work (which can be quite challenging) as well as extremely relaxing blissful massage. Despina is very tuned in to her work, her strong hands are also sensitive and getting an hour and a half makes all the difference to the usual hour or less that others offer. She consistently performs the best all-round massages I have ever had.


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Chiara Castellan

Authorised Level 2 Ashtanga teacher, Zurich, Switzerland

Despina’s massages make body and mind happy. They feel so good you can easily get addicted.


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Zoe Ward

Authorised ashtanga teacher and Thai massage therapist

Despina is magical. Not only is she a gifted body worker, sensitive and aware with her touch, but she is lovely to spend time with. She makes people feel easily comfortable and relaxed in her company. Her treatments are good for the body and soul! I would recommend her regularly for people looking to relax as well as for anyone struggling with discomfort or imbalance in the body.


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Joey Miles

Authorised Level 2 ashtanga teacher, Leeds, UK

Despina is a really talented bodyworker – last year I had regular sessions for several months and during this time my body and mind felt great. Despina has a caring quality, you feel looked after and nurtured during and after her treatments and they complement a regular asana practice.


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Cherie Lathey

Director, The Putney clinic of physical therapy Ltd, London, UK

As a yoga teacher and a director of a physical therapy practice, I understand the importance of massage. On my recent trip to Mysore I had twice weekly massage sessions with Despina. She has a strong intuitive massage technique and I would highly recommend her as a body worker.


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Imran Khan

Lawyer and taxi driver, Bradford, UK

I would recommend Despina to everyone. She is a miracle worker. I have tried so many different types of therapy, nothing really worked until Despina worked her magic. I have taken my mother and wife who have all enjoyed the benefits. It’s been almost two years having treatments now and I can honestly say I have never felt better.


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Chris Conn

Authorised Ashtanga teacher, Edinburgh, UK

I received a massage from Despina and I have to say it was one of the best massages I have ever had. Despina really listens to the body and she cares about her clients.. I’ve had strong massage that felt like being beaten up and I’ve had soft massage that felt as if I was having a feather stroked across me. Despina is neither of these extremes but is capable of being firm and subtle because she can hear how the body needs to be touched. I unhesitatingly recommend Despina’s treatments.


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Ida Kielmansegg

Human rights worker, artist and ashtanga practitioner Vienna, Austria

Despina is a truly gifted woman. After her massage I could not tell where my body ends and where it begins. I felt absolutely great.


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Aditya Manjunath

Ayurvedic massage therapist, Mysore, India

I highly recommend Despina’s technique.
Despina’s massage is very beautifully tailored to bring out what is unwanted, like stress, discomfort (physical and mental).
She has a very profound understanding of the human body, is very well experienced as far as the touch and the feeling is concerned, which allows her to know where the body needs more attention. It was very lovely to meet you and work with you. Looking forward to having another appointment end of this week!


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Anna Laurin

 Yoga teacher, Helsinki, Finland

When I contacted Despina for a massage I was planning on just getting a massage for tight shoulders. But her massage was about so much more: with the oils I could feel how her massage went deep and softening every part of my body and afterwards I felt reborn… My mind was clear and happy and I felt so alive. Thank you Despina for a super massage!!

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Maija Kansanajo

Anaesthetist, reflexologist and Ashtanga practitioner, Helsinki, Finland

I have had several kinds of body treatments including ayurvedic massage before Despina’s. I am a reflexologist and find it very “educational” to have a treatment myself, I always learn a lot. Some people just have good hands and the ability to listen to the body and the mind they are working with, and the ability to create a relaxing atmosphere. Somehow I felt that Despina’s treatment went beyond the physical body. Of course my tight muscles were more relaxed, but also a great amount of stress and tiredness was released during the treatment. So, after a treatment allow yourself time to rest or sleep, I slept 12 hours like a baby after my first treatment.


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Irena Bartolec

Yoga teacher, Zagreb, Croatia

Despina is magical. Not only is she a gifted body worker, sensitive and aware with her touch, but she is lovely to spend time with. She makes people feel easily comfortable and relaxed in her company. Her treatments are good for the body and soul! I would recommend her regularly for people looking to relax as well as for anyone struggling with discomfort or imbalance in the body.


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Mira Rattley

Naturopath and General Health Practitioner, Light Centre at Belgravia.

Genuinely the most wonderful massage I have ever had. I can’t recommend Despina highly enough. Her touch is both gentle and firm and amazingly relaxing! A truly nurturing experience.


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Angelika Anagnostou

Healer, Intuitive & Channel, Ashtanga Teacher, Mysore, India

I really loved Despina’s massages. I had the pleasure of a session twice now and I really enjoyed it both times. Despina is very thorough and attentive and I think she really has the magic touch!
My body feels much looser and more relaxed and I look forward to our next session. Thank you Despina!


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David Newton

Nurse and Ashtanga practitioner

During my time practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore I received two massages from Despina. I can honestly say this was the best body work I have ever experienced! It was clear to me that Despina truly cares about the standard of massage she provides. Prepare to be amazed!


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Cecelia Baum Raborn

Ashtanga practitioner, Denmark

When I was asking for massage suggestions in Mysore, Despina’s name came up several times. After having a wonderful massage, I can also highly recommend her.
Despina’s touch is wonderful and knowing which made the massage equal parts soothing, therapeutic, relaxing, and rejuvenating. My body and mind felt amazing directly afterwards and the following days. Looking forward to my next appointment!


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Emma Charlton

Aromatherapist & massage therapist, mental health project worker, London, UK

An Ayurvedic massage with Despina is a wonderful way to stretch and release the body whilst letting the mind gently unwind. Using a combination of oil work, mobilisations and passive stretches Despina encourages the body to let go of tension. I felt jelly-like, calm and wonderful after my treatment. I highly recommend her – give it a go!


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Greg Donaldson


I just wanted to say thank you for the massage I received from you and wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your healing touch. I found the session extremely relaxing and very restorative. You were sensitive to my needs and seemed to instinctively know what my body needed in any given moment which allowed me to trust that I was in a safe pair of hands. Thank you once again.

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Magali is great at what she does and makes you feel at ease. The massage is really relaxing and enjoyable, I would really recommend to anyone.

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Outstanding. That’s how I would describe the full body ayurvedic yoga massage from Magali. After my visit my body felt calm, relaxed and fluid with my mind relieved of stress. I particularly enjoyed the split focus on both the physical muscles and the mindfulness aspect and I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

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Belinda M.

Had a great Ayurvedic yoga massage, and felt so good afterwards. I was relaxed and grounded and within myself. Really recommend you have one.

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Nigel W.

Highly recommend both Basia and the Ayurvedic massage. The massage is floor-based and is similar to traditional Thai insofar as the masseur can use their body to reinforce some of the stretched. However it uses oil as well – so in the best of both worlds. Basia will tailor the massage to meet your specific needs and work around any specific issues.
The venue is relaxing and the choice of background music is great.

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Amber’s massages make you fall into a sublimely blissful trance. You come round feeling a million dollars. The next day I always notice a difference in my mood. As a woman I feel more empowered and physically stronger and restored. Would highly recommend her, she’s the only masseuse I see!

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Amber’s passion as an AYM therapist really shines through her work ethic, attention to detail and thoroughness is second to none. I love that she makes you connected with your body and mind, leaving you feeling tranquil during and after treatment.  It’s an essential way for me to be able to release the stresses and strains of everyday life that can build up creating blockages and tension. No matter what walk of life you’re from I would recommend you book a treatment from Amber as its AMAZING!
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I had a massage when I was suffering from a stiff neck and lower back pain and I was genuinely surprised at how effective the treatment was in relieving both and that the improvement lasted.

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Her technique is unique. It has the power to heal the physical body and allow you to release your emotional blockages. All in all its a wonderful experience for the receiver.

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Amber is a very professional and caring practitioner. After AYM I felt fresher and lighter in my body. She knew exactly what I needed with consideration to my pain tolerance. I felt a big change in my wellbeing already after the first massage. I would definitely recommend her.

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Due to my work and 15hrs per day standing my back is constantly in pain. I have learnt now to live with it. Amber has a gift of reading your body, all the aching points and knots, and massaging them back to the relax point. Her energy and strong touch are like doing yoga for a week, but whilst daydreaming. One of best massages I’ve had.

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Joy Ng, Level 5 Therapist

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Practitioner

If you wish to take Level 5, you’re committing to providing a level of service that goes beyond yourself and your ego. Levels 1-4 prepare you physically in your practice. Going through Level 5 for me is a journey of self-discovery, humility, and attunement to others. We sometimes forget we are conduits for healing, and only by emptying ourselves can healing take place for both the receiver and the giver.

I entered Level 5 thinking that I may become a more skillful therapist, and graduated with confidence that my practice is spiritually supported by the technique and community, and that I might somehow return to spread the AYM knowledge to others when the time comes.

I’m grateful to Despina and everyone I’ve met in this journey.Thank you! x ”

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Doctor Yogi

Despina is the real deal when it comes to ayurvedic yoga massage. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the body and is a natural teacher. I have no doubt that you will love these workshops and will carry the skills you learn with you through the rest of your life.

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Words cannot describe how tremendously therapeutic I find Beatrice’s treatments, genuinely life changing.

I am a regular client and have been benefitting from her treatments for many months. It is clear that she is naturally very talented with an amazingly warm and soothing energy and to top it all off she is skilled + very knowledgeable in multiple methods of therapy resulting in one awesome therapist!!

I highly recommend her services.
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RJ Richardson

Beatrice is a wonderful therapist who listens so beautifully to the needs of her clients.
I had been suffering from multiple aches & pains in my jaw & shoulder. Even after one treatment I felt a huge difference!
I am a regular & very happy customer as Beatrice adjusts each session according to my particular need at the time.
I would highly recommend her as a caring, professional & personable practitioner.
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Reflexology forms part of Beatrice's AYM massages

I have been having reflexology regularly with Beatrice for over 5 years and have greatly benefitted from the treatment. It is very relaxing, and de-stressing. I do a lot of sport and I find reflexology helps with muscle relaxation in particular. Beatrice is very accomplished and provides a professional service.

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I have had many treatments by Beatrice and have always found her to be extremely professional and warm
The treatment often sends me to sleep!! I highly recommend this therapist!!

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Phoebe R

Nawal is the most gentle, tender and determined masseuse! I’ve been twice and both times she’s given me a massage that releases pain and leaves me feeling like a feather. If you want a massage which is like medicine meditation, felt from the heart, with healing hands, Nawal is the masseuse for you!

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Joy Straits

What an amazing massage with Nawal! 1.5 hours of pure relaxation bliss! She has a wonderful calm manner about her which makes you feel comfortable, relaxed and at home. It is definitely the best massage I have ever had! Highly recommend her.

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Mary Brandon

Before visiting Nawal I’d always found massage to be quite an unpleasant experience that made me feel more awkward than anything else. However, after just one massage from Nawal, my perception has changed. I’ve now felt the physical and emotional benefits of this form of therapy and would recommend Nawal to anyone who is looking for a holistic approach to tackling stress and who is open to being converted as I was. 

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Jeni Vine

Nawal is an excellent massage therapist. She is sensitive and skilled. I can highly recommend her.

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 Becky Howcroft

I have chronic back pain and Nawal’s Ayurvedic yoga massage has helped me a great deal. I’ve had fantastic massages from Nawal – she is strong but sensitive in her approach and really gets to the root of the pain and tension in my body. Her massages make me feel comfortable and relaxed – the yoga massage is different from any other massage I’ve had but are really effective for pain relief and release of tension. If I could have them everyday I would! Would highly recommend Nawal.

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Ómra Ní Shúilleabháin

Nawal gave me one of the best messages of my life!!! No lie. And my mum and sister are masseurs!! Nawal gave me a massage that was really catered to my individual needs – i needed a real deep massage and stretching and i got just that. Along with the beautiful smelling oils and ginger to wake up my body and blood, i would definitely recommend Nawal’s massages.

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Halimah Abubacker

Best massage I have ever had . This is so addictive once you start having it!

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Mr R.Fox

I have been suffering with chronic back and neck pain and have been treated by several Specialist in Harley street with little success.

However having been referred to Beatrice i have undertaken several session of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and Reflexology, the results have been instant and outstanding.

My Chronic pain conditions have improved and the additional Well-being advice given has been of great use and my improvement is nothing other than remarkable, which has compelled me to write this email of recommendation.

Beatrice is unquestionably knowledgeable and gifted as well as being extremely professional and accommodating.

If you are seeking such services i can strongly recommend you try Beatrice before all others and wish i had been referred to her at an earlier date.

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John S.

I’ve been working with Janet Mantle from Basement 55 Therapies for around 6 weeks now & her partnership Age UK Wirral to improve my range of shoulder movement. After 30 years of weight training also ex-Army & RMR, as well as manual work in employment my shoulder flexibility had reached a point where it was affecting my training & normal functional movements in my daily life. I can highly recommend her massage, either as I have used, to start to regain my flexibility/movement in my shoulders or as a relaxing hour for yourself as part of your weekly health routine, mental or physical, thanks Janet. 

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Claire S.

Had a massage today with Janet who has healing hands. She puts you at ease, explains what will happen and tailors it to you. Thoroughly recommended.
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Julie Anne Wright

Just had an Ayurvedic yoga massage from Janet as I am suffering with a painful shoulder and restricted movement. Absolutely superb and I am booked in again in 2 weeks time. Janet had a total understanding of my pain and treated me accordingly. Highly recommended.

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Lucille H.

Nawal is amazing! I noticed significant improvement with my back pain after only one session. Highly recommended!

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After trying various other therapies to relieve pain in my left arm and hand when playing guitar (I am a musician), it wasn’t until Emily worked on it that I had a pain free gig! Since then, Emily has helped me massively with my hip and even my breathing capacity. Pretty life changing stuff. Em has an amazing ability to feel into what is needed and help de-stress and heal the body and mind. Five stars from me, highly recommend

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Singing Teacher

Emily’s massage is truly nourishing and healing. She seems to understand my body so well and instinctively knows how to relieve tension, stress and get to the heart of my needs. The techniques she uses obviously come from much training, experience and knowledge of the AYM tradition. I felt relaxed and myself afterwards….and hadn’t realised quite how much I needed it. Highly recommended by me!

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I slept really, really well, no restlessness at all. Also, my S.I. joint was completely alleviated –  I started to feel it a teeny bit today – but that is an incredible result and the first time for goodness knows how long that all tension from there has lifted. It gave me hope that over time the area will ease and not something permanent that  I ‘just have to get used to’, so I will definitely return. 

I honestly felt physically free of any muscular or joint stress, and kept walking around thinking where’s the pain gone??

I’m so grateful for your generosity and kindness in how much you gave in the session.  The sound healing is gorgeous too and rippled down into my chakras – heaven ! It’s a very personal and sensory experience so I thank you for tuning into my physical and emotional needs and helping me heal.

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I had the Ayurvedic Yoga massage and I highly recommend it. Relaxing music and ambience for such a restoring treatment. Basia is lovely and was always making sure I was feeling comfortable. The day after my back pain was gone and I felt full of energy. Thank you, Basia!

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Dzelde 1

Dzelde is absolutely wonderful, couldn’t recommend her higher. Very relaxed, I really felt cared for. I’ll definitely go back as her level of care is exceptional. I am really happy to have found her.

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Dzelde 2

I had lovely massage with Dzelde. I prefer strong pressure rather than relaxing and don’t mind the pain as want all my knots gone! Dzelde recomended to try Ayurvedic Yoga Massage instead of my usual choice of  deep tissue. Have to say that deep tissue usually doesn’t relate to me with relaxing as that associates with something very light and gentle. But not this time. This was the most perfect massage I have had as not even pressure was perfect , but I also could enjoy my massage and even managed to doze off. There was special magic to it. My body feels amazing! My “batteries” feel recharged.Thank you very much! I will definitely be back!

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Dzelde 3

This was a really nice, soothing massage by Dzelde. I feel like she really took her time with her approach and appreciated that it was the full hour (vs. other places where the 60 min includes any prep time). The facial massage was wonderful, and I haven’t experienced such care and love on my face before!

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Dzelde 4

I have been twice now and I cannot wait to go back! The best massages of my life! The relaxation, ambiance and the care they take at Mara Holistic therapies is incredible, obviously the cost is great too! HIGHLY recommend!

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Dzelde 5

Dzelde puts a lot of love in her work and that shines through her treatments and the lovely space she has created. Loved everything about my visit and I will become a regular customer. Great value for money!

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Dzelde 6

Wonderful massage, the therapist made me feel at ease and knew exactly what she was doing. Would definitely go again.

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I received a great massage from Eleonora. This was my first time that I have experienced Ayurvedic Yoga massage and it was a surprise for me. I had a great connection with Eleonora as she is very professional and seems to love what she does. I would totally go back to her for a massage. Ayurvedic yoga massage is a unique experience to nourish my body and release emotionally. Thank you Eleonora.

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Eleonora’s massage was exceptional and by far the best I had in a long time. She is very professional and passionate about what she does. She understood exactly all my pressure points and how to relieve the stress that I was feeling before the massage. She also gives me an amazing tea straight after.

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Eleonora gave me a full body massage which I was greatly satisfied with. Her studio was clean and cosy and the environment felt intimate and relaxing. From the very beginning of the massage I could feel my body responding positively and at the end of it I could feel the change and improvement, especially on my shoulders, which are my weakness point. What I liked the most was that she gave each part the same care and took all the time she thought I needed. I would definitely recommend.

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Anon – Despina

I have just received the most amazing massage from Despina. My life is quite challenging at the moment and my body and mind are most definitely feeling it. For the full 90 minutes with Despina I felt nurtured and supported. This time was all about me and I felt that 100%. The massage was tailored to me and intuitively Despina knew exactly what was needed and still checked in with me throughout. After the session I felt totally relaxed and calm . My body feels amazing and I am moving more freely and with no pain. I would wholeheartedly recommend Despina and her massage. It was a magical experience. Thankyou.

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What a wonderful experience! Becci’s welcoming and friendly nature put me at ease even before the massage began. I was slightly worried as I’d never had an Ayurvedic massage before and wasn’t so sure that I would be comfortable with this approach.  Becci listened whilst I outlined my problems and then spoke about what she would be doing.  Throughout the session she was reassuring and informative and, despite my previous misgivings and anxiety that I would be uncomfortable and in pain, the massage was wonderful and the time flew by! The aches and pains I had suffered from for months and months were greatly alleviated after my appointment with Becci.  I will certainly book more massages with Becci.  Highly recommended.

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As soon as I walked in I felt relaxed and at ease. The setting is so calming and comforting like a secret retreat from a busy hectic world. The massage was exceptional and the therapist managed to balance the right level of care and professionalism into the whole experience. I  would recommend her with full confidence to anyone.

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After months of working from home, I had started to suffer from shoulder pain on my right hand side. Rebecca gave my back and neck deep attention and managed to really apply pressure to get the knots out of my shoulders and back. The massage was fantastic, the perfect blend of pressure and relaxation. After my massage I felt the tension in my shoulders had eased, I literally felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I felt energised and refreshed. A wonderful massage, I can’t wait to book in with Rebecca again.

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Rebecca is a kind and gentle practitioner who calmed my initial apprehension. She took time to understand what I wanted to get from this session. Her sensitive touch as she explored my problematic muscles was much appreciated. She firmly, but gently, massaged my body manoeuvring me into positions which directly addressed my problems.
All in all, I found her technique helped my body find its balance gently but firmly. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
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Yoga Teacher

Emily is a beautifully down to earth and heart in right place type of person, coupled with strength of character and a deep interest in all healing modalities.

I totally recommend Emily for a great Ayurvedic massage. I particularly love the Ayurvedic with  sound bowl massage as I know the depth of the release from the massage will be enhanced with the vibrations from the bowl.

On request, Emily can do the massage at your house so you can go from heated blanket and lovely massage, to your own place of comfort afterwards which can really add to the opportunity to gain the benefits of immune boosting, tension releasing, holistically  balancing body mind and spirit.

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Thank you so much for an amazing experience with Ayurvedic Massage! It was fantastic and your energy is amazing. Truly healing hands! I will definitely be booking again and will bring my mum too.

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I went for my first massage at Sage Studio a week ago, and at the time my biggest concerns were my neck and shoulders. I conveyed this to Sarah, who agreed there was tightness and tension there. After one session, my neck and shoulders feel amazing! So loose and free of pain now!

The entire experience was set in a calming room and the moment I stepped inside I felt peaceful. I was asked what I wanted to achieve from the massage and I wanted to be rejuvenated, but was offered other options also. I felt safe and cared for as Sarah’s communication and expertise stretched the stresses away.

I would highly recommend a massage with Sarah and look forward to going back in a few months time!

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Thank you again Sarah. It has been lovely meeting you. I feel a lot better than a couple of hours ago! It is exactly the sort of treatment I am looking for and you are doing a great job.”


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Lauras Testimonial

Lovely, relaxing massage in calm surroundings. Sarah was friendly and welcoming and adapted the products used and areas of focus to my mood/requirements.

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Island Soul Yoga

Sarah’s massages are the perfect antidote for busy modern life.
Her attentive and sensitive touch always manages to find the spots that require some pressure. She seamlessly flows to these places in a gradual way, helping you stay relaxed as she works into them.
Throughout the whole treatment I always feel completely supported and held by Sarah’s confident touch. She knows when to apply more pressure and equally when to ease off. She also asks what I want for the treatment and really applies this. Whether it’s to be more relaxed, energised or work in a physically remedial way, Sarah does a great job of redirecting the format of the session. The combination of deep tissue massage, pressure point work and assisted stretches leaves me feeling so balanced and recentred by the end, it really is a holistic treatment that brings the whole self together. Don’t wait any longer, get booked in and gift yourself some time to pause and rejuvenate with Sarah!
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Marie’s Testimonial

I recently visited Sarah for an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Sarah was very calming and completely put me at ease. She was able to focus on specific troublesome areas which has really helped. I will definitely be returning.

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Marita, Level 5 Therapist

Despina is a very inspiring teacher, she has knowledge, experience, intuition, she makes you feel comfortable, she is caring and she knows how to deliver an effective training and massage. She has the patience to explain the simplest things, her teaching techniques makes you aware of your body, your posture and how to be comfortable and confident with what you do. The whole journey of AYM is a transformative experience, and it is a well established community, very worth the investment of your time and effort.

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Sarah Level 4 Therapist

Before COVID I was working in events and entertainment, mid lockdown I knew that I needed a change in work options for two reasons, less stress and more work potential. I have always wanted to complete a massage course and be able to feel confident with what I was doing. What style of massage was a question that kept coming up for me. I had researched courses available during our exit of first lockdown and I thank the universe everyday for guiding me to Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, AYM. I signed up for a course in London and was advised due to COVID it would not be going ahead but that there was an online introduction to the training that I could do and then when lockdown eased I could complete the practical side of the course. I suddenly became excited, I had also gone to Despina to receive a massage just to make sure it was the right style for me to learn and what Despina was like, if I would enjoy learning from her as a teacher.
The massage itself was incredible, Despina is full of wisdom and kindness. I felt my muscles releasing tension almost instantly.
I completed the online introduction training and it was informative and at a perfect pace to take in all the information. In April 2021 when we were able to resume in person classes, I attended level 1 – 4 and from the moment we started I was hooked. Despina carefully explains and demonstrates each part of the sequences and the reason behind each movement. Her guidance through the techniques and corrections are easy to understand and the way Despina helps you adjust not only the technique but also your positioning is amazing. This helps you as a therapist not to over strain and makes everything feel more natural.
I enjoyed this course so much it has sparked me to progress in my learning of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and continue under the tuition and guidance of Despina and AYM UK. I would recommend anyone interested in learning massage, anyone who is caring for someone and wants to give them extra support and healing, anyone who just wants to learn some techniques for self massage and anyone interested in turning to a holistic career.
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AYM UK Founder

As an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage practitioner for 10 years, and assistant teacher/teacher for 7 years, I have received a lot of AYM treatments. Eleonora has a nurturing touch that immediately put me at ease. She understands the body intuitively, so I could “be in the zone” during my treatment, rather than having to think, or give any feedback in terms of where to work, or regarding the pressure and intensity of the treatment. Her touch was strong (when it needed to be) without losing the all-important nurturing element, so the treatment was thoroughly effective,  body and mind. Eleonora is also a keen and interested student, as we all should be, so she is knowledgeable about the body. All I need in a therapist! Very highly recommended, you will most definitely not regret booking a treatment with her!

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Amy’s testimonial by Natasha

The massage I had with Amy was out of this world. Her technique was amazing and genuinely felt like I had a new back the next day (having suffered from knots in my back previously) I would urge people to receive this type of massage, it was truly amazing. Thank you Amy

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Not having experienced Ayurvedic Yoga Massage before I didn’t really know what to expect… But ‘Wow’ it was incredible. I loved the variety of movements, strokes and manipulations. Amy gave me everything my body was craving and more, tailoring the treatment to my needs felt so special. It was such a wonderful experience; I felt stretched, nourished and relaxed – such bliss. Amy is brilliant therapist and I can’t recommend her enough!

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The treatment was fantastic, Amy is excellent and professional. I felt calm and relaxed and afterwards I felt rejuvenated and de-stressed . I would recommend to Amy anybody.

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Thank you for a wonderful massage experience, Amy. The Ayurvedic method was a different and truly holistic approach. I look forward to many more sessions with you.

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I had a wonderful back and shoulder message from Alison. We discussed how my back and shoulders felt knotted and tight and what the massage would entail together with the products she would use. She has a firm touch and was able to pin point the knots. By the end of it I felt really relaxed and knot free. Highly recommended.

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I have known Alison for several year’s and been fortunate to benefit from her calming breathing sessions and wonderful gong baths. As lifelong insomniac, I still use her breathing techniques to focus and help clear my mind before sleep.

Recently Alison came to my home to give me a back and shoulder massage. I had been feeling some aches and tightness in lower back and left shoulder. She brought all her equipment and oils and set up very efficiently. She was very reassuring, explaining what she was going to do and even incorporated some breathing practice at the start, win win for me!

Using the oils as well as powder gave two very different experiences, but I have to say this was wonderful and I loved the more  textured massaging with the powder. The shoulder treatment and just right amount of pressure almost instantly relieved the tightness. Alison did some great massage on my lower back, concentrating on outer hips and this was so relaxing and eased the aches I had considerably.

This was a wonderful experience Alison thank you, and I’m looking forward to further treatments and would highly recommend you to my family and friends.

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Alison gave me a back, arm and abdominal massage which left me with a sense of wellbeing that lasted several days.
The massage was firm and positive. It was the first time I had had a belly massage and I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to my next one.

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I came to Avelino after many years of pain and discomfort around my back, neck and shoulders. He was able to help me feel more aligned, with less pain, and more comfortable. I strongly recommend him. He cares about people, and ensures that he is doing all he can to help you feel better.


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I woke up this morning and I haven’t got any pain! You’ve also made me feel good about my body image, my body feels toned, I love how my skin feels, I’m feeling marvelous and less self conscious. I can’t thank you enough Jules for what you’ve done for me! You have definitely got healing hands (and feet!), ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.

(Alison suffers from a bulging disk in her low back/sacrum area, which is pressing on her nerve root, so is usually in constant pain).

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Oh my, where do I start!…The beautiful room set up, the light, the candles, the aura was incredible. So relaxing!

I couldn’t recommend Gaby enough, she knows exactly how to calm the body down, get rid of those aches and pains. The aura was incredible and i left with a total body rest! Perfect pressure where needed, I cannot wait for my next appointment! Thank you Gaby

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Today I had my third massage treatment with Gaby and I never want them to end. She is full of joy and intuition. Her hands always find the troubled spots and she somehow knows when to push me a little bit further and when to ease the pressure.

Today I felt bloated, low energy and wasn’t even feeling ready to receive a massage. After the treatment I feel relaxed, full of love  and ready to enjoy my evening.

Request the double kneading on your shoulders, it’s the best!

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Joanna has exceptional knowledge and touch when giving massage. She is fully present and very intuitive
and knows how to help release knots and tension in the body. I have tried many massage therapists over
the years and I put Joanna up there with the best. Highly recommended.

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Always have a very positive experience with Joanna. I’ve had a range of treatments from her and plan on
going back regularly. She is very knowledgeable about the body and how it works together with the mind
– providing a holistic experience that I really feel is lacking in more physical/sports centred massages. She
often checks in with how I am feeling and gives me plenty of time to come back into the space after
treatment. I always feel welcome when I return and can tell that she really enjoys treating her clients.

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‘The most intuitive and gifted massage therapist you will find. She always knows exactly what my body needs and leaves me feeling nourished and nurtured. She is strong, knowledgable and a very lovely kind soul too!’

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What Joanna offers is not just a massage but an experience! Starting from creating a little oasis in your own home, the way she holds the space for you, these divinely aromatic oils she makes and the massage itself which is nothing I have ever experienced before! She is fully present and it can be felt. There is such a tremendous amount of care in her touch and the assisted yoga stretches make you feel a new level of openness and lightness – you feel renewed!

She also encourages you to set an intention before the treatment and to work with an affirmation. This isn’t just any massage and she is a true blessing!


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It was my first experience of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage with Joanna and it was sensational. I felt nurtured and held from the moment the session started and this feeling carried through after the massage finished. The ways in which she slowly and consciously relaxed me deeper and deeper into the massage helped me access parts of feeling that I didn’t know existed, all in a positive way. My body surrendered to her touch subconsciously knowing she was guiding me to health. I have received many massages in my life and none has touched my body and soul as deeply and healthily as Joanna has.
Thank you Joanna and thank you life for this experience.


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Katie Jeremiah

“This was my 1st ever AYM massage and it was incredible! I’ve had traditional massages before but never have I felt so relaxed and emotionally lifted during and after a treatment. This has left me feeling so much more supple and calm with less aches than before. Vicky is super intuitive and professional, I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to sooth away their aches/tension or for some relaxation time. Safe to say I am officially an Ayurvedic convert and am looking forward to my next session!”

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Mel B

“Absolutely brilliant! Having had various types of massage at different places, I have been searching for one that successfully eases my back and neck pain. No need to search any further – the Ayurvedic Yoga massage from Vikki is amazing. My pain level significantly decreased and it left me feeling both emotionally and physically relaxed. I will definitely be a regular customer.”

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Samantha Burrows

“Wow! The best massage I have EVER had! Vikki is amazing, she was very informative and intuitive throughout the appointment. I felt so relaxed after, like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, literally! The next day I woke up feeling completely aligned, without tension and feeling stronger than I have in a long time. Thank you so much Vikki, I am officially an Ayurverdic yoga massage convert and I already can’t wait for another appointment!”

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Dylan Hall

“Amazing. As someone with a notoriously bad back after years of playing rugby and office working, and more recently sore legs from cycling and running, it’s safe to say I always feel like I need a massage. I’ve had all sorts from Deep tissue, sports massages but the Ayurvedic Yoga Massage by Vikki was awesome. I felt the difference after just one massage. Usually I am looking to book in again very soon after receiving a massage. Not only did it help with the pains I was having but I left a lot more flexible and relaxed. Having been back on numerous occasions, I won’t be booking anywhere else in the future. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.”

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Jaqueline Lawrence

Just wanted to let you know I’ve been getting some amazing feedback from people saying it’s the best they’ve ever felt in their body and that they never experienced anything like it before! I haven’t properly been charging yet, though people have been giving me money even when I haven’t asked for it, but I do feel ready to begin charging now. Anyway I was massaging a pal from my reflexology course last night and she said she wants to rebook in 2 weeks as a paying client and to have regular treatments with me, I’m over the moon, this is such a big milestone for me. Thank you so so much for everything, you have changed my life

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Eric, not sleeping well and having pain in his back:
“I went to bed really relaxed last night! I slept wonderfully and I’m also sitting behind the computer now with an improved posture. THANKS!!!!”

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Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi, Level 5 Therapist

“Training with Despina has been a blessing. She is knowledgeable and created an amazing community of therapists always ready to support each other. The Ayurvedic Yoga Massage technique is truly appreciated by clients and incredibly adaptable to each body and different needs. I couldn’t be more proud of being part of the AYM family.”

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‘Following an accident causing a severe fracture of the head of the humerus, Avelino has been instrumental in me gaining more mobility that expected by the orthopaedic clinic and also in reducing the discomfort and tightness in the muscles of my upper arm. His positive attitude and friendly demeanour instils a confidence that the maximum possible can be achieved.’

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A. Bossingham

After a shoulder injury, I had 5 months of physio, but I hadn’t fully recovered full range of movement and become pain free. A friend recommended Avelino, and 6 treatments later, through massage and manipulation, I am no longer in any pain, I have regained full range of movement. And sleep much better. I had full confidence that he could resolve this for me and he did. He has always been courteous, friendly and thoroughly professional. He also gave me some nutritional hints too.

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Jill Blandford

‘I have just returned from completing my level 5 AYM with Despina on Chios. It hard to put into words how wonderful the experience was for me. Firstly, it was so nourishing to be by the sea and enjoy the Greek sunshine. Every day started with some wonderfully energising yoga sessions:
6.-7.30am – Ashtanga, 7.30-9 yoga flow outside. These are not compulsory & I tended to do the yoga flow most days as I felt it really benefitted the massage positions we take up when giving treatments.
All meals are prepared & eaten together outside. This is a learning experience in itself as Despina shares her know-how about how to produce such tasty vegan food with local produce. Despina goes out of her way to accommodate all preferences. The olive oil, lemons, tomatoes & olives are wonderful! The course is vegan & I feel it is important to respect this when on the course. You will certainly return feeling healthy!
The massage course itself is very thorough, enjoyable & experiential. I was repeating techniques from levels 1-4 which was so beneficial for me to deepen my knowledge of how & where tension & stress can build in the body and how these AYM techniques are so effective to release. It really is the most wonderfully relaxing & therapeutic treatment on all levels. We also had the opportunity to watch some case studies, prepare bespoke plans for treatments & practise on some locals!
In the middle of the 10 day course, we had two days off to go sight-seeing, spend time on stunning beaches, swim in the turquoise sea and eat in tavernas whilst watching the sun set. I though I had died & gone to heaven!
I have returned completely refreshed and committed to developing my skills as AYM therapist. Despina not only teaches us practical skills & techniques but also inspires us to become conscious healers. I feel truly blessed that AYM is on my path.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough’
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Hannah, University Student

I saw Jacqueline for an Ayurvedic massage treatment and it was complete bliss, time stood still. She’s clearly a highly skilled and knowledgeable therapist who had keen insight into the sources of any aches and pains I’ve been dealing with and knew just which areas of the body needed work. Her warm friendly nature made her really easy to talk to while also making me feel assured that I was in the hands of a professional. From the beginning she took the time to make sure I felt comfortable and to understand me and my needs. She really listens and provides a personalised treatment to fit your concerns. Throughout she was extremely attentive, with time and pressure adapted to suit areas of my body, and created a calm, peacefully quiet atmosphere as I relaxed and meditated on the experience. The room felt lovely and comfortable and the temperature was perfect, as were the herbal powder and oil which also smelt and felt beautiful. Jacqueline’s exceptional knowledge and aftercare advice left me feeling nurtured and looked after. I felt she truly cared about ensuring her clients receive the best possible treatment and I left feeling restored and untroubled, like an actual weight had been lifted as I floated off down the street. I slept well that night too which is amazing as someone who struggles (to put it lightly) with sleep. I don’t think the word massage truly does justice to this treatment, it’s a whole holisitic experience carried out by a highly skilled practitioner which left me feeling totally relaxed and balanced in both body and mind. Would wholeheartedly recommend

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Jess, Massage Therapist

I would 100% recommend Jacqueline! Her calm and nurturing nature made me feel instantly as ease when I arrived for my treatment. She was very knowledgeable about Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and helped me to understand what to expect from the treatment beforehand. The relaxed but professional way she went about this and the safe space that she created made me feel completely at ease, as sometimes I personally feel quite vulnerable initially when I try a therapy that is new to me. I got the sense that she has something that can’t be taught – she is intuitive and empathetic in the way that she works. I felt that Jacqueline really listened to me when I spoke to her about my stress levels and the trouble I was having with my back, and she communicated with me throughout the treatment to see which techniques were useful to me and to determine when the stretches were right for me. During the treatment I felt very joyful (- I even started laughing at one point!) and floated home on a cloud afterwards. I felt amazing the following day and in the days that followed I noticed a real easing in my physical symptoms such as the pain and tension in my upper back and shoulders and I also noticed a huge improvement in my mood. Thanks very much Jacqueline, I can’t wait to come back for another treatment soon!

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Anna, NHS manager and reflexologist

I had never had this type of massage before so did not know what to expect, but Jacqueline explained everything thoroughly before we started. Her calm approach helped me feel comfortable and relaxed. The treatment was fantastic, like nothing I’ve ever had before. I felt more connected to my body and achieved a deep sense of relaxation. The whole experience felt soothing and nurturing, and by the end of the treatment I felt a deeper connection to my body and senses. For anyone looking to improve their health and well-being, I would encourage you to try this treatment and therapist

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Lauryn, Research Assistant

I went to Jacqueline having had massages before however this massage was like none other I’ve ever experienced before. While the massage and the surroundings were very relaxing I didn’t feel drained and out of body afterwards which is how I have felt with other treatments I’ve had in the past. I felt energised and more connected to my body than ever before.
I had discussed my issues with Jacqueline and they listened to my concerns and suggested some moves that we could do to help alleviate the pain in my wrist and the tension in my jaw and shoulders. All of the moves helped me a great deal and I am still feeling the effects of it weeks later. I would definitely recommend Jacqueline for treatments and I have been doing so my friends and family. I will hopefully be back again to have another beautiful experience soon. Jacqueline’s is so intuitive and nurturing she is just the perfect person to have a massage with.

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Shaneen, Housing Officer

I had a wonderfully relaxing and therapeutic massage with Jacqueline. I completed a health questionnaire and highlighted all of the areas I would like Jacqueline to address and she made sure to mention it in my consultation with her and to address those areas in the massage. She used a wonderful amount of pressure but was gentle in her movements and transitions. I felt safe and able to relax fully with her. I enjoyed the whole treatment and felt deeply nurtured throughout. I felt the benefits of the massage the following day when I noticed my muscles and joints felt more flexible and mobile. I realised how beneficial regular AYM massages are – especially with such a knowledgeable and empathetic therapist. I would recommend Jacqueline to anyone wanting to find a therapist who can provide a relaxing and therapeutic environment and treatment

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Julie, Anon

I was having lower back/ hip problems and I was in a lot of pain at the time, this was causing me to limp. I was made to feel welcome when I arrived. The treatment was tailored to my needs and carried out in a tentative and professional way. After the massage I was in a lot less pain and the following day I only felt a twinge in my back with no pain in my hip and I could move freely again. Excellent massage, would definitely recommend.

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Leela, Model

Jacqueline is very attentive and welcoming, always offering something to drink when you walk in. She goes to great lengths in making sure I am comfortable and warm enough. With each visit you know she’s listened to your needs and comfort levels as there are little changes to the room. I particularly feel more relaxed with low lighting as I have sensitive eyes which she always makes sure to have. She offers soft cushions and pillows for under the knees, ankles etc. which I love. There’s always soothing music and the lovely smell of essential oils wafting through the air. You really do feel transported into a magical world of relaxation. Jacqueline always checks if the pressure is OK obliges if you need more or less. I always feel like a relaxed goddess afterwards! I’d definitely recommend Jacqueline as a massage therapist 100%.

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Shannen, Vegan catering company owner and chef

I’ve been for massages before but this felt so thorough- physically, spiritually and mentally. Jacqueline is so caring in her approach to massage and I felt so comforted and nourished throughout and after the session. She used pressure point holds which really helped me with specific pains in my forearms, neck, back and shoulders. Jacqueline is so knowledgeable on Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and the body and I enjoyed hearing about specific nuggets of this. I’m under a lot of stress as I have an intense job and this experience was just so wonderful. I would 100% recommend Jacqueline as an Ayurvedic yoga masseuse and I’m eager to book another session with her soon.

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Alison, Yoga teacher and AYM therapist

Aym with Jacqueline left me feeling completely rested & relaxed – Just what was needed after a busy week for both my mind and body. The use of powder combined with the oil not only did my muscles feel more relaxed but my skin felt great too.  The treatment held a place of calm & peacefulness that provided the escape that we all need from time to time. I would certainly recommend a treatment with Jacqueline.

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Hannah, Support Worker and Sports Massage Therapist

Jacqueline is a very professional and attentive therapist. Today I received the Ayurvedic yoga massage from Jacqueline. This is the first time I’ve ever had this treatment. I was struggling with tension in my upper back muscles and lower back pain. Jacqueline gave the perfect pressure and showed great attention to detail in making sure the environment felt relaxing using relaxing aromas in the back ground etc. Jacqueline also used stretches on some of these stretches I instantly felt relief in my problematic areas. After the treatment Jacqueline gave great aftercare and my shoulder blades already felt so much looser and more open than they did before. I would highly recommend this treatment and Jacqueline, it is very relaxing and Jacqueline has a great caring and holistic nature.

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I was honored to receive an Ayurvedic massage from the beautiful soul, Amber. At the time it was an amazing experience, I felt energies shift in my body and pain being released and actually leaving my body. By the time Amber had finished, I knew that there had been a major shift in my energies but nothing prepared me for the beautiful gift this shift gave me.

On leaving Amber’s home I had a strong feeling that I should visit my mother. She and I had been estranged for several years and despite previous attempts to heal this rift we had not been very successful. To be honest, I also had a deep resistance to visiting her, maybe fear of further rejection I am not sure but whatever it was it stopped me from reaching out to her despite encouragement to do so from my own son. But after visiting with Amber I felt much stronger and was desperate to see my mum again, the fear of rejection was less powerful than my need to reconnect with her. So while the feeling was strong I went straight to my mum’s house. Not only did she welcome me in but within minutes we were chatting and bantering as we did so long ago. I have missed that connection, I love my mum. I ended up staying with her for a few days. We slept together, we chatted away into the night, we laughed together, ate together, and cried together watching sad movies.  I can only put this change down to the amazing gift Amber gave me that morning. The fear was gone and I was left with overpowering unconditional love. I am so happy that I visited with Amber that day, whilst the massage itself was stimulating and healing what superseded that is the blessing of shifting old negative energies and resentment, allowing me to find peace with my mum again.

No words, no amount of money, nothing could repay Amber for what she gave me that day. She gave me back my mum, she removed the negative energies that kept me in my ego, refusing to allow me to reach out to her from a place of unconditional love.

Amber’s loving healing energy is so powerful in such a peaceful and quiet way, without her I would not have my mum in my life, this I fully believe. I will forever be grateful to you Amber and I pray we stay close for the rest of our incarnation.

More love and light than you could ever dream possible

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A powerful experience with an amazing therapist. My first encounter with Ayurvedic  Yoga Massage, now i’m a convert. Great technique and beautiful energy

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Amber, thank you so much for the massage yesterday. Apart from easing some of my long-standing hip pain, you loosened so much of the tension in my jaw, neck, and shoulders that last night for the first time in months, i slept like a baby without grinding my teeth

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Amber, i can not describe how much of an amazing masseuse you are. I’ve had many different massages from different people… i can’t even compare yours to theirs. You really know where and what to do. I had the most wonderful massage and still feel so good. I cant wait to see you next time……. I can’t thank you enough (especially going through my grieving) for how relaxed my body became

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Amber’s therapeutic massage service is amazing and highly recommended! She is very sensitive to the needs of the client, conducting the sessions very professionally in pleasant relaxing surroundings. She has the strength and power to make a revealing impact on the aches and tensions of the muscles in a big guy like me with her stretches and acupressure. I’ve told my friends to book treatments with her too as i enjoyed being poked and pummelled so much, especially with the oils and the Ayurvedic herbal remedy infusions. It’s good to treat yourself with her

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Amber is one of the most skilled and dynamic bodyworkers i have met outside of the Ayurvedic community of India. A deeply intuitive powerhouse, i haven’t hesitated in recommending her to others

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Amber is an accomplished massage therapist, i was suffering from a particularly bad neck and stiff shoulders, that had been troubling me for a few weeks. After one session with amber, i woke up the next morning with the pain significantly reduced. I had much more mobility in my shoulders and the anxiety and tension i experienced because of the pain was gone. I highly recommend her and will be having more sessions with her for preventative measures

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Ana, Yoga Teacher

The massage by Linda is a real blessing for body and mind!  The peace that Linda radiates already has a calming effect and the massage is simply wonderful.  Linda listens and hears what you need and applies it effectively in her massages.  The result is a completely mindful massage, which has greatly relieved the tension in my shoulders, neck and legs.  I can’t wait for the next one!

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Magic hands! Recommended

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Petra, Massage Therapist

In the meantime I have been taken care of by Linda a few times. And every time I am pleasantly surprised by Linda’s massage. She works carefully with (for me) the right intensive pressure. Because Linda is carefully attuned, I experience it as very pleasant when she puts all her weight into it. The result is always a supple body that cooperates nicely and a relaxed head!

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I had never experienced this massage before and it was very nice. I am 18 weeks pregnant and then this massage is still very good! Linda brings a relaxed energy, listens to you very well, feels flawlessly where blockages are and what I especially liked was that she taught me how to deal with my breathing while massaging the pain points. After the massage I felt a lot more energetic. It is difficult to describe in words. You must experience it at least once!

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I had my first AYM session with Avelino and it was absolutely brilliant!! He listened to my needs and could feel he catered the massage to suit it. I felt really relaxed and restored after it. He also gave me some homework as well in regards to his observations on the imbalances of my body. Super helpful! I was his last appointment of the day so I had almost a 2 hour session with him instead of 1! really grateful for that. All in all, it was amazing and will definitely come back again

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Jacqueline is a very gifted massage therapist, she has such a caring energy, I instantly felt welcomed and at ease. She tailored the experience to make sure it would serve me best. I felt nurtured and it helped me to connect more with my body (both physically and emotionally). I felt rejuvenated afterwards and still very relaxed…. I floated all the way home feeling a great sense of contentment

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My first massage with Jacqueline was a truly wonderful experience. She consulted me beforehand to see what I wanted from the experience and made every effort before the massage to make sure I was comfortable. I was very quickly put into a state of deep relaxation and by the end of the session I had transcended into an out of body experience. It was only when she spoke to tell me the session was over that I returned to the room and I felt utterly relaxed and at peace with my body. I will certainly be returning for another one very soon!

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I had my first Ayurvedic massage with Jacqueline and was deeply moved by the experience. The massage had a proud effect on me and took me by surprise! Jacqueline’s care absolutely shines through. I can’t tell you how great the treatment was and how it gave me the strength to deal with something I needed to address.

I was put at ease from the minute I arrived and Jacqueline explained clearly what would happen. The massage was pitched perfectly with just the right amount of varying pressure where it was needed. The physicality of the treatment was powerful and pitched just right. I felt both relaxed and grounded when we finished and a complete connection with Jacqueline. The emotional response was unexpected although we’d talked about this at the start I hadn’t really expected it to affect me. The method is spectacular and I’ve never had such a moving experience. A big thank you Jacqueline.

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I have had many massages in my life, but never have I experienced anything as wonderful as Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. And Jacqueline is truly wonderful. She was very caring, listened to my needs and very thorough. You can tell she really loves what she does, and she wants you to have the best experience too.

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I’m a regular at having massages, but new to the Ayurvedic yoga massage world. Since receiving a full body Ayurvedic yoga massage from Jacqueline my perception of how my body and mind can feel after a massage has changed. Not only does Jacqueline’s caring and soft nature help towards the healing sensation afterwards, the techniques used during the session feel curative like in physical therapy. My muscles feel restored to their natural placement and my mind feels at peace. I’m now wanting to receive a Ayurvedic yoga massage from Jacqueline regularly to balance out any of my muscle fatigue from exercising, as well as the negative effects from working at a desk and bad postural habits. I would highly recommend trying this unique, remedial and harmonious massage from Jacqueline.

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​​I absolutely adored my yoga massage with Jacqueline. I’m rather crooked-boned and inflexible so, whilst I was very keen to try all the stretches, she made me feel incredibly at ease to communicate with her which movements were my favourites. As someone who’s a little body conscious, I also felt wonderfully comfortable. I was on cloud nine for the rest of the week and cannot wait to return!

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Ali Henry

Massage therapist and trainer, London, UK

I don’t say that lightly as I am a massage therapist myself, constantly on the mission to find THE massage that hits all the tight niggly spots, relaxes and revives, stretches my bones, soothes the soul and sends me floating off on my own little blissed out journey. Despina’s strong talented hands deliver all and more. Very, very highly recommended!

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Sajni Shah L3-5 L5 L1-4 Chios residential


I’ve really enjoyed every minute of my learning journey with Despina and feel that I have gained so much more than just being able to practice AYM! As well as being an amazing therapist, Despina is an approachable, supportive, attentive and collaborative teacher. Ever since the first workshop I did with her last year, it was clear to me that she genuinely cares about her students and wants to develop each one of us into confident, intuitive and well-informed AYM therapists who can give the best standard of service to their clients. She always makes herself available to her students and is always trying to find ways to help us improve our knowledge and skills. I just got back from Despina’s hometown in Chios where I completed my levels 3-5 and I’m still buzzing from the experience – hands-on massage training in small groups, daily yoga practice, healthy eating, beautiful nature and great company! So grateful to have found AYM (and Despina!)

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Armineh Soorenian

Sociologist, University of Leeds

I have a number of longstanding impairments and often experience pain. For this reason I have found Despina’s treatments extremely beneficial. Despina has an amazing touch and each session she knows exactly which part needs the most attention, as if by intuition. After my appointments with her, I not only feel very relaxed and refreshed, but also acquire flexibility and lightness devoid of any pain. Despina’s kind, friendly and gentle nature always brings joy to the treatment room and it is always a delight to see her! Thank you Despina x