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Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

I have just returned back to the Uk from Goa where I studied Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM).

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.

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.

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.

  • I will 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.

  • To see a demonstration of AYM please click this link


Contact me for appointments by phone +447388899736, email nally_karen@yahoo.co.uk, via link on contacts page or Instagram DM yoga_devi_