Master Kusum Modak
AYM combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath-work and yoga stretching. Similar to Thai massage, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is performed on a mat allowing for a full range of stretching. In addition; the deep tissue massage dissolves physical tension, while the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the body and stimulate the natural flow of energy.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage was developed by Master Kusum Modak of Pune, India, who has tirelessly dedicated her life to creating and spreading this work.
She combined her knowledge of Traditional Ayurvedic Massage learned from her teacher and ayurvedic massage guru Master Lamaye Maharaj with Iyengar Yoga inpired assisted asana learned directly from BKS Iyengar himself to create her own unique approach to Ayurvedic massage.
Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a unique system of bodywork that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breathwork and yoga stretching. The session is performed on a mat on the floor for free movement and flow.
Deep tissue massage helps to remove knots and adhesions in the muscles and soft tissues, releases tension and prepares the body of the receiver for assisted yoga stretching. A topical ayurvedic herb is applied to the skin with a small amount of oil and acts a blood detoxifier and nerve tonic.
Through synchronised breathing, the receiver is led progressively deeper into assisted yoga stretches that help correct postural imbalances and restore harmony to the subtle energies of the body.
These techniques incorporate the use of the hands and feet as tools for massage. The utilisation of the feet allows for deeper and more thorough pressure through long and graceful strokes.
This unique comprehensive approach to the body dissolves physical and emotional blocks, helps eliminate toxins, promotes correct posture, improves respiratory patterns, enhances energy levels, and leaves the receiver with a profound sense of well being.
James Winstanley is the founder of the AYM Institute UK. James graduated with a degree in Massage Therapy from the prestigious Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Acupuncture in NYC in 2003 and later travelled to India where he studied with and went on to become assistant teacher to Master Kusum Modak the creator of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. James received Kusum’s blessing to teach the AYM method and in 2010 James founded the AYM Institute with fellow AYM student Simon Griggs and taught the UK’s very first recognised AYM Diploma training. James was honoured to add his extensive medical knowledge to the AYM Diploma curriculum having studied western medical massage at degree level and worked with medical doctors, acupuncturists and chiropractors after graduation in NYC. Since then James has taught AYM around the world and continues to share the AYM Institute Diploma using the highest level of teaching and practice .
James brought Ayurvedic Yoga Massage from India to the UK and has personally taught everyone teaching AYM in the UK .
Founder / Lead Instructor
"I am deeply grateful to my teacher, Master Kusum Modak"
Adam Divine has been practicing AYM for over 12 years. As well as teaching AYM and other massage modalities globally, he is the anatomy teacher on an International Yoga teacher training. As a massage therapist and body mechanic, he has trained with ITEC, James Earls on Anatomy Trains courses and has studied with osteopaths, physios and breathwork practitioners. Most recently, he has embarked on a yoga therapy journey.
Nathan Synge is an AYM Institute and CThA UK approved bodywork instructor, holds an ITEC Qualification in Full Body Holistic Massage and Deep Tissue Massage with Michael Gibbons from The Brighton College of Classical Massage and was assistant to and mentored by AYM Institute founder James Winstanley in the UK & India. Nathan lives and offers AYM sessions in Brighton and when not teaching or giving bodywork can be found in the waves on a surfboard around the world.
Steven Taylor is an AYM Institute and CThA UK approved bodywork instructor. He holds a BTEC level 5 diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage from LSSM with Mel Cash the creator of sports massage, a diploma in NLP ( Neuro Linguistic Programming ) and was assistant to and mentored by AYM Institute founder James Winstanley in the UK & India. Steven is a fully insured member of the ISRM Institute of Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy . As a complement to massage, bodywork and healing, Steven loves running, philosophy, design, reading, cooking, carpentry, and film.