Ayurvedic Massage Practitioner Course in 6 Levels
"Giving more years to life and more life to years"
Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda literally means life science, and, actually, it is very old (about 5000 years ago). It is considered as the oldest knowledge in the world, inspired to the total wellbeing. Often, Ayurveda is wrongly considered as a sort of Indian medicine, considerably limiting its actual meaning and its objectives.
Ayurveda, in fact, is dealing with life as a whole, not only to treat diseases, but also to promote a lifestyle, able to ensure health and longevity, correcting psychophysical unbalances before they become pathologies. Ayurveda, as a science, goes beyond medicine, considering the human being as a whole, not only as a sick person. Primarily it works to keep health, besides giving it back. Many people, however, have some doubts in using Ayurveda because they think it is hard to apply for a Western, as it would require substantial changes in lifestyle and waivers to established habits. Instead, Ayurveda, as life science, has no restrictions; it is suitable to everyone, no matter what is the social, cultural, economic or geographical background.
The ayurvedic approach, in fact, can be applied to any lifestyle, as it involves therapeutic methods integration with foods and products coming both from veda science and from the environment where it is applied. Body and soul are essential in a human being, who is a microcosm participating to the universal life (macrocosm). According to this principle, they cannot be considered separated. Therefore, individual harmony and balance go together with harmony and balance of the community, of the nature, of the universe. The balance idea in Ayurveda philosophy not only involves the perfect working of the different systems and organs, of psyche and soul, but also a happy cohabitation with all creatures, with family members, friends, job colleagues, climate and culture, with one's ideals, habits and truth.
This may appear as an objective hard to achieve, something to be reached after a rugged path, may be non-realistic. However, it is not so. Even a single step on the right way can make a great change, an actual wellbeing perception. Therefore, it will be easier to make the second step that can be an example for others, who, perhaps, will share the path, making it less hard. Many times, even if one feels bad and realizes the need to change something in life, there is a strong resistance to it. It is the fear to change, to give up what one knows, even if this is something keeping prisoner of a bad condition.
Ayurveda helps deciding to make just the first step and shows how to do it. The rest will come naturally, slowly and gently, at the right moment, respecting nature of being and of its harmony.
The ancient Indian Ayurveda science is based on the deep knowledge of the body and its relation with mind and spirit. It considers health as a balanced state where psychological and environmental factors have the same importance of physical factors. Born in India, thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is perfectly suitable to the modern western society. Ayurveda faces therapy starting from the complete knowledge of the individual and his/her environment, using treatments such as massage, meditation, food detox, herbs. We can finally say that Ayurveda is a complete system of prevention and healing. Ayurvedic Massage is a key part of Ayurveda medicine. These courses are for those who wish to learn and share the old secrets to keep an excellent health. To ensure the best quality of this training, the course schedule could be slightly modified, with a timely communication to students. Requirements: desire to share, paper, pen, a pair of sheets, comfortable dressing, a pair of personal slippers.
Classes programEvery day from 9.00 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with a lunch break)
First level - Equilibrium
Theory: introduction, definition of Ayurveda and life (ayu), role and aim of Ayurveda, history, introduction to Panchakarma. From Tattva (cosmic principles) to Panchamahabhuta (the 5 elements). From the 5 elements to Tridosha (metabolic principles). Qualities, functions, dosha positions in the body. Vata, Pitta and Kapha subdosha. Prakriti, the individual constitution.
Practice: Snehana, internal and external oil application. Partial massage: Padabhyangam (feet and legs, supine and prone positions), Nitambabhyangam (buttocks), Katiabhyangam (lower back), Pristhabhyangam (back). Shiroabhyangam (head), Skandabhyangam (neck, shoulders), Hastabhyangam (hands and arms), Udarabhyangam (abdomen), Vaksha-bhyangam (breast), Mukhabhyangam (face). Samvahanam, relaxing massage on all the body.
Second level - Equilibrium
Theory: Dinacharya, the daily routine. Ritucharya, the season routine. Sadavritta - Asadavritta, ethics and lifestyle. Dhatu, body tissues. Mala, excreted substances. Agni, the digestive fire. Ama, undigested food. Srota, circulation channels. Tri Marma, the three main Marma points (vital points). Rasa, Vipaka, Virya, Prabhava, Guna, food taste, effects, nature and specific qualities.
Practice: Samvahanam, relaxing massage on all the body according to dosha. Mridu Samvahanam practice, delicate relaxing massage on all the body. Sandhi Abhyangam, articular massage practice.
Third level - Alteration
Theory: Srota, body channels. Function, alteration symptoms, symptoms causes. Dosha unbalance causes. Kriyakal, dosha unbalance steps.
Practice: Phenakam, Ayurvedic lymphatic drainage, Anulom Abhyangam, arterial massage, Vilom Abhyangam, venous massage.
Fourth level - Alteration
Theory: Ama, metabolic toxins. Alteration state of dosha, dhatu and mala with ama (sama) and without ama (nirama). Marma, the 107 vital points of the body according to Ayurveda.
Practice: Vartul Abhyangam: arterial-venous massage, vascular massage. Marmabhyangam, vital points treatment. Unmardanam & Mardanam.
Fifth level - Panchakarma
Theory: pathological conditions of Dosha, Dhatu, Mala, Immunity and Ojas. Ahara, Ayurvedic diet.
Practice: Pragharshanam, hot and cold clutches, Prokshanam, hot and cold sponging. Potali, Ayurvedic treatment with bundle of herbs, soaked in hot medicated oil. Udgharshan, dry ayurvedic massage with vegetal medicated powders for Kapha dosha unbalance.
Sixth level - Panchakarma
Theory: Introduction to Panchakarma and Rasayana. Swedanam: kinds of swedana, benefits, contraindications, cautions. Evaluation methods in Ayurveda. How to use Ayurvedic Medicated Herbs.
Practice: Lepanam, treatments for beauty and skin detox. Decoctions, oils and medicated ghee preparation. Shirodhara, warm medicated oil flow on the forehead.
The course is made by 300 hours of training (215 hours of theory and practice on site + 60 hours of practice and homework + 25 hours outdoor with final exam and thesis).