Foundation Principles of Ayurveda (9 hours)
This lays a general foundation on the main aspects of Ayurveda and its operative principles, which is a must for all who are undertaking any kind of Ayurvedic training. This course of study provides students with a basic understanding of Ayurveda that enables them to identify the Doshas or Bio-humors out of balance as well as chart out the measures to bring them back to harmony. It provides a firm foundation for carrying on further training and research in Ayurveda.
*Marma Abhyanga – Ayurvedic Body Oil Therapy (15 hours)
Marmas are significant Ayurvedic sites on the body that can stimulated to achieve overall health and balance, as Marmas are junctions for several types of tissue elements in the body that include blood and lymph vessels, muscles and bone tissue, and nerves. Marma Abhyanga is a wonderful combination of Ayurvedic massage with focus on the Marmas.
The therapists go through each of the main Marmas on the body from the feet right up to the base of the head. Focus is on the applying the techniques with appropriate rhythm and pressure. An overview is also provided on the organs and glands corresponding to each Marma.
Areas of Training include:
Techniques for relieving mucles
Locating each Marma correctly
Application of oil on the Marmas
Marma Stimulation techniques
Working the Lymph nodes
Specific techniques for the abdomen, chest and spine
*Shirobhyanga – Ayurvedic Head, Neck and Shoulder Therapy (15 hours)
This is one of the most effective treatments in Ayurveda for relieving stress and mental tension. It is done with Ayurvedic Medicated oils that are applied to the head, neck and shoulders. Beginning with gentle relaxation, students are guided step by step through the entire Shirobhyanga session. The objective is to apply all the techniques with appropriate rhythm and pressure. An overview is also provided on the benefits of each technique.
Areas of training include:
Preparation for the therapy
Application of oil
Techniques for the head
Relieving stress from the neck and shoulder areas
Marma points – Significant Ayurvedic sites on the head, neck and shoulders.
Locating and working each Marma point.
*Shirodhara – The Eternal Stream (9 hours)
An ancient healing system, Shirodhara has been an important therapy in Ayurveda. Literally translated, “Shiro” means head and “Dhara” means flow. The continuous pouring of warm oil on the forehead has a tremendous healing effect especially on the nervous system. It releases locked energies, clears and calms the mind, and works on all levels of one’s being from the physical to the subtle.
The therapist needs to be well trained and focused in order to achieve the maximum benefits for the client. Training includes:
Preparation and Set up of the equipment and oils
Positioning the client for maximum comfort
Head, Neck and Shoulders relaxation massage techniques
Adjusting the flow of oil, refilling the pot, and other technical details during the session
Different methods of oil flow in order to attain overall benefits
Padabhyanga – Ayurvedic Foot Oil Therapy (15 hours)
Padabhyanga focuses on the lower legs and feet. Warm Ayurvedic medicated oil is used to improve blood circulation, relax muscles and nourish the tissues. Feet incorporate all the reflex areas that correspond to different organs and glands in our body. Padabhyanga effectively stimulates and balances all these system. Theory Includes:
Basics of Ayurveda
Identifying body type and dosha imbalances
Balancing doshas with lifestyle diet and treatment
Basic anatomy of feet and lower legs, with focus on the structural aspect
Location benefits of marma. Marmas are specific Ayurvedic sites that can be stimulated to balance the body and the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha)
An overview of the reflexes on the feet
Practical training covers:
Preparation and Relaxation
Massage techniques that focus on improving circulation, removing toxins from tissues, strengthening the muscles, nourishing all tissues and cleansing the lymphatic system.
Using “rlungsa” boles- an effective treatment method used in Tibetan Medicine, which is also based on Ayurvedic principle.
Fomentation with herbs that help to clear up clogged tissues
Techniques for working Marmas on the lower leg and feet
Stimulating the reflexes on the feet.
Ayurvedic Aromatherapy – (15 hours)
Using Ayurveda as the underlying principle, essential oils are blended to provide the maximum benefit. Included in this course of study are:
Basics of Ayurveda
Overview on Aromatherapy
Methods of Essential oil extraction and its effect on the purity of the oil
Differentiating between synthetic and natural essential oils
Therapeutic guidelines for essential oils
Essential oil monographs based on Ayurveda
Selecting and blending essential oils with carrier oils in order to balance respective bio-humors (doshas)
Using essential oils with various Ayurvedic treatments and therapies.
Pindasveda - Ayurvedic Bolus Therapy (9 hours)
Using special bolus filled with medicated grains, warm oil is massaged all over the body. This is a very effective technique especially for removing stiffness from the muscles and joints. It is an intensive form of Abhyanga as the medicated bolus with the grains and herbs enable the oils to penetrate deeper into the tissues. This therapy is highly therapeutic and rejuvenative in itself as improves blood circulation, clears away wastes from the body, strengthens digestion, enhances complexion and promotes sound sleep.
Training involves preparing the oils and bolus for the therapy, the appropriate temperature of the oil, correct positioning and techniques of application for different areas of the body.
Kattivasti – Ayurvedic Lower Back Therapy
A treatment system that focuses on the lower back, Kattivasti serves to release blockages in the spine, nourish the nervous system as well as harmonize the Doshas. The treatment begins with placing kneaded dough as a round enclosure or “well” on the lower back, and then filling it warm medicated oils. The oil is then gradually removed. Even though this therapy is conducted in a specific area of the body, it has an amazing effect on the overall functioning of the body.
Areas of training include preparation, positioning, temperature control, removal of oils as well as pre and post Kattivasti massage techniques.
Udvartanum - Ayurvedic Medicated Scrub (6 hours)
Medicated powders are applied in a particular direction all over the body in this Ayurvedic regimen. This is especially done to clear the lymphatic system as well as minor skin eruptions on the body. It has a very cleaning and detoxifying effect as it opens up the sweat glands and activates the enzymes in the skin.
Training involves preparing the scrubs with appropriate amounts of the herbs and liquids, application of the scrub effectively and clearing the medicated scrub after application.
Mukhabhyanga - Ayurvedic Face Therapy (6 hours)
This is a sequence of cleansing and rejuvenating the face with Ayurvedic scrubs (ubtans), medicated oil, steam, and ayurvedic packs. Special mild herbs and oils are used for the face, as it is a sensitive and important area of the body. Massage techniques focus on the face “Marmas”, improving circulation in the face area, calming the nerves involved, clearing away excess skin deposits, and rejuvenating the entire face.
Step by step guidance and training is provided to ensure effective preparation, application and removal techniques.
Swedana - Ayurvedic Fomentation (6 hours)
Fomentation or use of steam has always been a part of most ancient healing systems. Ayurveda employs fomenation for relieving stiffness and eliminating wastes from the body tissues. Special herbs are used along with specific application. Fomentation has multiple benefits as it opens up tissue adhesions thus reviving the body’s normal flow of energy through the bodily systems.
Effective preparation and application techniques are the prime focus in this training.
Prishtabhyanga – Ayurvedic Spinal Therapy (15 hours)
The back or spine is the main area of focus in this therapy. Theory includes basics of Ayurveda, anatomy and physiology with focus on the muscular, skeletal, lymphatic and nervous systems. Practical training includes step by step techniques for application of oils, bolus, and fomentations on the back areas along with stimulation of the key marma points. Prishtabhyanga aids in improving the Prana or life force as it improves general circulation and energizes the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid.
Basic Acupressure Reflexology (Zone Therapy) – (18 hours)
This course of study provides a firm foundation in foot Reflexology. Beginning with relaxation techniques, the students are guided through each system of the human body. Focus is on locating the organs and glands correctly on the feet, followed by the correct working technique on each reflex. This involves the appropriate rhythm, pressure and posture for every technique, namely, Thumb-walk, Finger-walk, Hook-in, Pivot, Finger-roll, Ankle and Toe rotations, and several others as the students work through all the reflexes on the feet.
Systems covered are:
1. The Endocrine Glands
2. The Sense Organs
3. The Skeletal, Muscular and Nervous Systems
4. The Digestive System
5. The Cardiovascular System
6. The Urinary System
7. The Respiratory System
8. The Reproductive System
9. The Lymphatic System
An overview of the anatomy and physiology of each organ and gland is also provided in order to give students a clear understanding of how the human body works. On successfully completing the training, students are able to independently conduct an Acupressure Reflexology session with confidence.
Advanced Acupressure Reflexology (Zone Therapy) 36 hours
The advanced Acupressure Reflexology program provides a thorough training in Acupressure Reflexology whereby students are able to accurately identify and treat specific imbalances. The course of training includes:
• Complete consultation with clients including their medical history, diet, lifestyle, current symptoms and main complaints.
• Identifying and recording blockages and other imbalances in the reflexes on a Foot chart.
• Charting out a treatment plan based on the consultation and the Foot chart.
• Common disorders for each system and the reflexes to be worked for their respective treatment. Systems covered are endocrine, muscular, skeletal, respiratory, integumentary, circulatory, lymphatic, reproductive, urinary, and digestive.
• Case studies: 3 case studies to be completed. For each case study, the student works 5 times on the same person, records observations, reactions and treatment given. Case studies instill confidence in students to apply their knowledge practically.
Meridian Therapy (18 hours)
Meridians are the basis of several forms of natural therapies from acupuncture to acupressure. They form our energy pathways that nourish and sustain us from the physical to the subtle levels. Meridians also link us to our environment where we are constantly exchanging energy in several forms, which sometimes create a blockage or overflow in the meridians. Through the Meridian Therapy, imbalances are recognized and corrected leading to a revival of our entire system.
This course of study mainly focuses on
Locating the meridians accurately
Treating each meridian - tracing and flushing
Checking the Alarm points for each meridian
An overview is also provided on
Sedating and Strengthening points,
Meridian Dental chart
Effect of each meridian on the mind, body and emotions
The Meridian Clock