Despina’s Testimonials

Here’s what people think about their AYM treatments from Despina…

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

Armineh Soorenian

Sociologist, University of Leeds

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!

Ali Henry

Massage therapist and trainer, London, UK

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…

Bea Luypaert

Head of Local Business Support, Statoil, Aberdeen

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.

Zoe Ward

Authorised ashtanga teacher and Thai massage therapist,

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.

Joey Miles

Authorised Level 2 ashtanga teacher, Leeds, 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.

Imran Khan

Lawyer and taxi driver, Bradford, 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.

Chris Conn

Authorised Ashtanga teacher, Edinburgh, UK,

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!

Aditya Manjunath

Ayurvedic massage therapist, Mysore, India

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.

Irena Bartolec

Yoga teacher, Zagreb, Croatia,

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.

Mira Rattley

Naturopath and General Health Practitioner, Light Centre at Belgravia

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!

David Newton

Nurse and Ashtanga practitioner

I’ve had two massages from Despina, and both left me feeling completely satisfied and with a sense of calm as well as renewed energy… It’s a wonderful experience. She is a confident practitioner with a positive engagement, and had a good deal of sensitivity of my needs and towards any injuries in my body. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a massage therapist for anyone who is looking for a complete experience (in fact I have already recommended her to several friends).

Gerry Turvey

Dance practitioner and choreographer, Leeds, UK,

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!)

Sajni Shah


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!

Sue Mannock

Cabin crew manager, British Airways

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.

Russell Davison

Property consultant and ashtanga practitioner,

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

Chiara Castellan

Authorised Level 2 Ashtanga teacher, Zurich, Switzerland,

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.

Cherie Lathey

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

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.

Annette Thygesen


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.

Ida Kielmansegg

Human rights worker, artist and ashtanga practitioner Vienna, Austria

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!!

Anna Laurin, Yoga teacher, Helsinki, Finland

Yoga teacher, Helsinki, Finland, Mellow Mind

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.

Maija Kansanajo

Anaesthetist, reflexologist and Ashtanga practitioner, Helsinki, Finland

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!

Angelika Anagnostou

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

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!

Cecelia Baum Raborn

Ashtanga practitioner, Denmark

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!

Emma Charlton

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

She stretched me and she squashed me and things like that and I came out feeling pretty good.

Gary Williams

Support workers coordinator, Leeds City Council, Leeds, UK