AYM UK Therapist Training

Become a therapist

Join our life-changing therapist trainings to become a qualified AYM therapist, or to add some AYM techniques to your current wellness offerings!

About our therapist training

We help students develop into multi-skilled, discerning, intuitive practitioners, who love what they do.

Practitioners are taught to:

  • offer powerful, therapeutic Ayurvedic Yoga Massage treatments
  • really understand each client’s needs on the day, and tailor the treatments appropriately
  • offer AYM in a way that also promotes their own wellbeing and self awareness
  • use their understanding of their own bodies and minds, and draw on their personal wellness journey, to inform their AYM treatments.

We have designed the AYM UK therapist trainings to be flexible, so that everyone can find an opportunity to either attend some of our 12-hour modules; or to attend an entire 300-hour training; or even to continue studying and developing their practice with us, and eventually to become an AYM teacher, so this incredible method can be shared more widely.

At the moment we are offering therapist trainings in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Stockholm and Haarlem (Netherlands). Some CPD is also available as a residential training on Chios, Greece.

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Therapist Training

300-Hour Training

The course is delivered over several months, in ten 12-hour modules and a final assessment. This includes 96 hours of in-person classroom time and a minimum of 200 hours self study, including the virtual learning materials provided (videos).

The entire content of the training is available in video format, including everything that we cover in the classroom.

Online mentorship is available through a group chat and weekly group video calls throughout the course, so you can ask questions and get motivation and support. You can also contact your teacher privately for advice when needed.

We have 300-hour trainings in Leeds (weekdays or weekends), London and Glasgow (weekends). Our next groups are starting in January 2024 in Leeds, February 2024 in Glasgow and October 2024.

Read more on our 300-hour training prospectus here!

We will be announcing further Haarlem (Netherlands) dates starting from October 2024 and running through to May/June 2025. We might also offer more weekday trainings, depending on interest. Please get in touch to express interest and sign up for our mailing list to be the first to hear about new trainings!

Upcoming Training Courses

Leeds

Start Dates:
Oct 2024

Weekend & Weekday Options

London

Start Dates:
March 2024, Oct 2024

2-day trainings in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

Come to one or more of our 2-day trainings if you would like to:
– attend an AYM training as CPD if you have already trained in other therapeutic modalities, including as a yoga teacher, and would like to add some AYM techniques to your existing practice, or
– learn some AYM techniques and offer some treatments, but you are not planning to be a full time therapist in the near future, or
– dip your toes into the AYM technique and see if it is really for you before committing to a 300-hour training.

You can attend as many modules as you want/need to, and practise what you have learned.

Each of our 2-day training modules is tailored to the group of participants, so might include some revision and building on knowledge gained through previous modules. So ideally modules would be attended in sequence, if possible/practical. If this is not possible then module 1 (online introduction) is really the only prerequisite for the rest of the training, you can join whichever modules interest you and you are able to attend after that. If you could start with module 2 that is usualy ideal. Please discuss your options with Despina or Jacqueline if training in the UK, or Linda if training in the Netherlands. We have experience supporting hundreds of students, and can help you choose the best course for you.

Module 1

Introduction

This is where we set the foundations for the practical part of the training. Essentially the practical part of the training is the application of the principles that we learn in the introduction. We cover: what AYM is, history, where it comes from, what we try to achieve. What are the objectives of treatments, how do we adjust treatments to client health, when do we need to refuse treatments. What makes a good treatment. What we need to think about before, during and after the treatments. AYM ethics, setting up an AYM practice.

This module is our only module that is delivered online (videos and mentorship video calls), and it is offered free of charge when students book their first practical module with us.

Module 2

Techniques that help the client to settle in, neck and shoulders work, warming up the back

This training helps to set the foundations for your Ayurvedic Yoga Massage practice. With each new technique we understand the AYM approach better in practice. So, aside from learning a lot of new techniques, we also focus on applying what we covered in Module 1, particularly:
– How best to use our body weight, different parts of our body, focus, intention and breath to connect with the client,
– How to find the best way for applying each technique for each client so we can promote optimal therapeutic outcomes
– How to adapt each technique so we can practise in a way that helps our own wellbeing too (which is also the best way to work for the client).

CPD for AYM therapists

These trainings are the natural next step for therapists who have attended our 300-hour training. Minimum prerequisites are:
– Modules 1-3 and some practical experience of offering AYM, or
– Adequate experience in other relevant modalities, or
– Adequate practical/applied training in anatomy, physiology and pathology.
If you have not completed our 300-hour training, then please discuss with Despina whether this training might be appropriate for you.

Pregnancy and neuropathic pains of the lower body

You will learn how to adjust what you already know about Ayurvedic Yoga Massage to make it appropriate for pregnant clients, and non pregnant clients who cannot lie in the prone or supine (lying on front or back) positions because of health conditions or injuries.

Working from the side lying position is also beneficial in and of itself. These techniques work really well for clients with: neuropathic pain originating in the cervical spine, conditions of the circulatory system, stress, anxiety, dealing with recent loss or challenging situations in clients’ personal or professional lives, pathologies of the lungs, acid reflux. Also a very good position to work on the legs, particularly on clients who have a lot of sensitivity in the legs.

Whether you intend on regularly massaging these groups of people or not, having these options will give you confidence to support the needs of most clients that arrive. It also gives you more options and variety for clients who have regular massages with you.

Neuropathic pains of the upper body

Here we cover how to work with neuropathic pain originating from the cervical spine, clavicle area, thoracic area or arms. Despina can teach you what to do to relieve or reduce the pain, to help the clients in their journey to recovery, to help them understand their body better and move towards a lifestyle that supports them better. Also, how to work on the rest of the body, without agitating the affected areas.

Again, these are wonderful techniques in and of themselves, that are also very useful for other clients. We mostly work from the supine position, which can be a wonderful position to work from for clients who are comfortable. There is a reason savasana is usually in the supine position! These are very helpful additional techniques for all clients, and particularly useful for clients who have difficulty staying in the prone position because of tension in the upper body, difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, or early stages of pregnancy where clients are still comfortable for fair amounts of time in the supine position, but not in prone. Also particularly useful for clients who need a lot of work on the arms, which means most of the clients who need a lot of work around the cervical area and shoulder girdle can usually benefit from this. Massage therapists, musicians, yoga pracititioners who practise a lot of inversions, people who type a lot, people who work with their hands, artists, builders.

Become a teacher

AYM teacher training

We have trained two AYM teachers (Linda Mebus and Jacqueline Lawrence), and we have a few more trainees/teaching assistants who will start teaching in the coming months (Sam Mulgrew, Vikki Atherton, Amy Byars). We also have a few more experienced AYM therapists interested in starting their AYM teaching journeys in the coming years.

If you are an experienced AYM therapist and you are interested in teaching, then get in touch with Despina to discuss your experience, and what you can do to prepare for your teacher training. We can then add you to the next batch of teacher trainees.

The entire content of the training is available in video format, including everything that we cover in the classroom.

Testimonials

for our therapist trainings, and for our graduates

  • Jeanette

    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.

  • Christine

    Thank you, Vikki, for a truly amazing afternoon. I’ve never experienced a massage like this before, a whole physical and spiritual uplift. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Joanna

    This was my first ever massage and it was just a wonderful introduction! Despina made me feel relaxed, safe and comfortable from the outset. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I left it to Despina to decide what and how to provide the massage. After an hour and a half of gentle but firm massage, combined with some movements and different positions, I felt relaxed and refreshed at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will definitely have another one! Thank you, Despina