Despina Psarra

Despina Psarra


Level 5

Treatment Price
60 Minute £80
90 Minute £120
I Work From

Treatment Room


Weekday daytimes, Evenings


Leeds, UK


07403 262496

Enquire Now

I started training in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in 2011, and I have not stopped training and practising since, with the highlight being having watched Kusum, the founder of this method, treat clients, and having her offer me her advice on treatments and teaching. I met Kusum in February 2011 and we have been in contact since, and I will continue to learn with her via videocalls, and in real life in every possible opportunity.

I usually offer 20, 30, 60, 90 or 120 min sessions, but the length of AYM sessions that I can offer is unlimited, anything from 15 mins upwards. I generally recommend starting off with longer and/or more frequent sessions, and following up with less frequent and/or shorter regular sessions, depending on your body and lifestyle. When your body gets used to the massage then it will soften a lot quicker, and the results will last longer. In that way we can work more gently, without ever having to force the body to release, but still allowing for deeper, transformative work.

After an initial session we can discuss the timings that suit you, and I can recommend a course of sessions that would be of the most appropriate length and frequency for you.

I work as a therapist in Leeds, and occasionally in London, Bristol and Glasgow areas, around delivering our AYM therapist training courses and workshops.

If you would like to find out more about my journey into Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and my experience please visit our About Us pages.

Appointments with Despina

Treatment rooms

Chapel Allerton, Headingley or University area treatment room: £80 per hour.

Discounts for students who want to try the massage before committing to a therapist training, and for existing students, are available.

I appreciate it if clients can pay a £25 deposit towards their treatments to cover space rent and admin costs, transferrable to future treatments up to 48 hours before their treatment. For late cancellation (on the day of the treatment) I kindly ask clients to cover the full cost of the treatment, except in extreme mitigating circumstances such as hospitalisation or bereavement, or if a health condition presents that is a contraindication for massage therapy.

What our clients say

Testimonial Icon

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!


Testimonial Icon

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!


Testimonial Icon

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!!

Testimonial Icon

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.

Testimonial Icon

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…


Testimonial Icon

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!


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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!


Testimonial Icon

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!


Testimonial Icon

Gerry Turvey

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

Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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!


Testimonial Icon

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.


Testimonial Icon

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

Therapist Booking Form

  • Hidden
  • Hidden
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.