Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) is a deep tissue oil massage followed by assisted yoga stretches. It is adjusted to suit clients needs, whether that is relaxing, energising, soothing, deep or remedial. The method was developed by Master Kusum Modak in Pune, India, after many years of studying traditional Ayurvedic massage and Iyengar yoga. AYM is an amazing technique which works on physical, emotional, mental and energetic levels.
All the testimonials our therapists receive speak volumes about how popular this type of massage is becoming. Have a look in the therapist directory to find out what people have to say about the treatments they’ve had.
What to expect during an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage
In practical terms, treatments work on the whole body, with more emphasis on the areas that need more work.
- A session starts with an oil massage using hands and feet. This gradually warms up and softens muscle tissues, fascia and organs, helps breathing and improves circulation.
- We work specifically with the breath to help the nervous system relax.
- We use natural oils and a powder from the ground root of Acorus calamus, a wetland plant in the sweetflag family. This gives a pleasant exfoliating feeling, but mainly helps improve circulation and warm up the tissues, intensifying the benefits of the massage.
- The oil massage is supported by gentle mobilisations, tractions and assisted (passive) yoga stretches. These help lengthen the tissues in a functional way, useful if you’ve had injuries. Through these gentle movements we help relax the tendons and ligaments, and improve the synovial fluid in joints.
- Want to see a massage in action? Check out our Ayurvedic Yoga Massage videos.
Why is Ayurvedic Yoga Massage so beneficial?
- Ayurvedic Yoga Massage works with both oil massage and movements, meaning your body gains all the benefits of both.
- Therapists take time to understand your needs and your limits so you never feel over or under worked.
- Combining working close to your limits and using breathing to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system helps release tension from even the most ‘stuck’ parts of your body.
- Massaging, moving or stretching tense muscles can cause pain, resistance or agitation. The mindful touch and deep, relaxed breathing that AYM offers helps retrain the nervous system to not react in this way. This is great for moving you out of chronic pain.
- This whole-person approach to Ayurvedic Yoga Massage gives a lasting feeling of being centred, where you are less likely to feel agitated or restless, and experience increased clarity of thought.
- The approach aims to help you develop body awareness.
Why therapists love AYM too!
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a wonderful experience for the therapist too. Initially we use a sequence to warm up the body, which allows the session to become a moving meditation. Even new practitioners can experience this, by working to a set sequence that they plan at the beginning of a session. It is also a wonderful technique for other therapists to learn as a compliment to their style, and for yoga teachers to offer at the end of a yoga private.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is also wonderful for therapists to offer as we work on the floor. So we can use our body weight to offer pressure, and use several parts of our body such as hands/palms, thumbs, knuckles, elbows, fists, feet or knees. So we can always work in the best direction, with the best pressure, and using the optimal surface area so that we can manipulate tissues as necessary, without creating unnecessary pain sensations for the client, and without stressing any joints or muscle groups for the therapist. We also change positions frequently, and look into body dynamics in the training, so offering massage can be a healing experience for the therapist too, not just for the client. Almost like attending an easy yoga class, even though offering AYM is by no means a substitute for a yoga practice.