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What is Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a unique system of bodywork. It combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath and yoga stretching. The session is performed on a mat on the floor for free movement, stretching and flow.

Deep tissue massage helps to remove knots and adhesions in the muscles and soft tissues, while the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the bodies posture and stimulate the natural flow of energy

A topical ayurvedic herb is applied to the skin with a small amount of oil and acts a blood detoxifier and nerve tonic.

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.

AYM is a full body holistic treatment, i.e. the whole body is massaged and stretched in each session.

Who created Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage was SOLEY created 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 master Mr Lamaye Maharaj with Iyengar Yoga inspired assisted asana learned directly from BKS Iyengar himself to create Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

Do I need any prior experience in massage to join the AYM Institute Diploma training?

No, the only prerequisite is an open mind and a genuine interest to learn.

Do I need to be a Massage Therapist to join the AYM Institute Diploma training?


Do I need to be a Yoga Teacher or Yogi to join the AYM Institute Diploma training?

No, the only prerequisite is an open mind and a genuine interest to learn.

Are the materials included in the course fees?


What materials will I get joining the course?

You will get the AYM Institute photo manual/s , covering the techniques, massage strokes and stretches, text descriptions and benefits for each technique, plus space to make your own notes .

Oil, Calamus powder, and massage mats are included for the trainings.

What is calamus powder?

Calamus / Vekhand / Vacha is the powdered root or rhizome of the Acorus Calamus plant, a widely used herb in ayurvedic medicine since ancient times. It it used topically in AYM for its blood detoxifying and circulation boosting properties.

Where can I buy Calamus powder?

Click here to order Calamus

What should I bring for the training?

  • Loose comfortable clothes to give the massage
  • A single bedsheet to cover the massage mat 3ft x6ft 91cm x 191cm
  • A lunghi / sarong or scarf to drape and cover yourself during the massage and to wrap around your body during the stretches and between demonstrations.
  • 2 x small bowls for oil and powder, 6” diameter ideally ( Glass or ceramic - not plastic )
  • Pen
  • Glasses case if you wear glasses
  • Clip and file your nails short

What should I wear during the training?

To give the massage Loose and comfortable clothing ( tops and bottoms ) , but not your best yoga Lululemon’s as you may get a little oily.

To receive the massage Stretchable underwear for men is advised and a sarong/lungi/scarf for ladies to wrap themselves in.

Will I be qualified after completing the AYM Institute Diploma to then start practicing on clients?

Yes, after completing the AYM Institute Diploma Training you will be able to work with the AYM technique to give a 90-minute treatment.

Practice sessions with fellow students, friends and family are essential after the completing the course to familiarize the sequence and receive feedback. After 10 practice sessions you should feel ready to start to work with clients.

Can I take different levels in different places?

Yes but it is advised and encouraged to take both level 1,2&3 in sequence as this keeps the material fresh in your minds and hands.

Which language are the trainings are taught in?

All the trainings are taught in English In some countries the course is taught with a translator.

What will I get from the course?

On completion of the AYM Institute diploma you will have to knowledge in your mind and hands to give a 90 minute Ayurvedic Yoga Massage A CThA recognised certificate is awarded at the end of each course.

Is the AYM Institute Diploma Certified?

Yes - the course is certified by the CHhA UK ( Complimentary Therapists Association UK ) The AYM Institute diploma is also recognised and approved by AYM’s creator, Master Kusum Modak, who gave James her blessing to bring AYM to the UK. When choosing an AYM course in the UK, always make sure the course:

  • has been verified to the national standard by a recognised governing body in the UK.
  • is approved to award CPD by a governing body in the UK and that the instructors holds relevant teaching qualification that includes Anatomy and physiology
  • satisfies health and safety standards and hold public liability insurance.

The AYM Institute Diploma is currently the only UK recognised AYM qualification of its kind.

Do the AYM Institute instructors have nationally approved teaching qualifications?

Yes - all AYM Institute instructors are approved CThA UK teachers and meet the meet the high standards set by the CTHA UK for skill, competency, safety and Anatomy and Physiology.

Is the AYM Institute approved and recognised by AYM’s creator Master Kusum Modak?

Further to James's degree in Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute in NYC he continued his studies under and was assistant to AYM’s creator, Master Kusum Modak, who has given James her blessing to bring AYM to the UK.

Is the AYM Institute affiliated with any other groups offering AYM trainings in the UK?


What is the class schedule?

  • In the UK the AYM Institute diploma is taught as 3 day intensives, generally Friday, Sat, Sun 9am - 6pm with an hours break for lunch.
  • In India the classes are taught as half days over 6 or 7 days.
  • The classes are taught by demonstration and lecture simultaneously, with a constant dialogue with the students.
  • Once students have seen the demonstration, they then work with a partner to repeat the work and then change over so that both partners get to give and receive each massage stroke and stretches.
  • Practical functional Anatomy, Physiology and contraindications for each technique, taught in a hands-on way and closely related to massage practice.
  • Therapist self care and correct body mechanics are taught throughout the course.

Are there any exams in the course?

On the last day of each course there is an AYM clinic where each student is assessed giving a full body 90 minute Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

Is Accommodation and food included in the price?

Only for the residential trainings.