What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda has been practised in India for the last 3,000 years – and Ayurveda’s wisdom has now spread all over the planet; to this day it remains one of the world’s most powerful mind-body-spirit health systems.
At the heart of Ayurveda’s priceless teaching is a profound respect for nature and a humble appreciation for the magic of life – Ayurveda helps us see how our health is connected to everyone and everything around us: our family, our work, our society, and our planet.
Ayurveda has many life-enhancing benefits. Because it is a holistic way of life, Ayurveda focuses on bringing balance to your physical, mental and spiritual health as you move through the seasons, the different stages of your life, and the changing times of day.
What is the origin of this type of massage?
This origins of this massage, stem from the above.
Where can I find out more about Ayurveda?
Google is quite effective for finding out information on anything. I recommend you start here and take the quiz to find out your ‘Dosha’ (which is the ayurvedic term for your individual constitution), it is really insightful.
What go you into Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?
A few years ago, before I started studying nutrition I went to a yoga retreat, Azul Fit (which is an amazingly magical place and the people there are just wonderful…but I digress). Anyway, at this yoga retreat the in-house nutritionist Jo talked about this philosophy and a lot of things started to fit into place (My dominant dosha is ‘Pitta’).
Do you need to be flexible to have this type of massage?
No not at all – this type of massage overtime will help with increasing flexibility, but I will tailor the session to fit your needs.
What if I have an allergy?
No problem, just please let me know. The oil I use is usually organic, cold pressed reassessed oil but this can be amended if necessary.
Why do you incorporate DoTerra essential oils into the treatment?
These oils are the most amazing plant medicine and can really support the body get back into balance or homeostasis – therefore depending on your dominant constitution (Pitta, Vata or Kapha), I will alter the types of essential oils I use within the massage.
What conditions mean I cannot have a massage?
There are some contraindication to any massage – some or local (like sun burn or an open wound) that would mean I need to avoid that area whilst some are systemic and would require you to seek medical authorisation first. The full list of contraindications can be found here.
What are the benefits of this type of massage compared to others?
I have had many massages, but I do not profess to have tried every type of massage out there. However, from my experience this type of massage is much deeper and is more holistic than other massages – you won’t just feel a bit relaxed – you’ll leave the session floating away.
What got you into massage?
In April 2016 I left my corporate HR job behind and worked in a supplement shop in central London to get some experience of the vast array of supplements on offer, as this would eventually form part of my nutritional recommendation. Under the supplement shop I work in was a complementary therapy centre and it included massage. I would chat to the therapist there and find out about their work. I have never really met anyone before who was making a living from massage and wasn’t just doing it as a side-line hobby. I was interested. Having always loved complementary health and studying to become a naturopath, it made sense as it was in-line with my current studies and it would get me away from a desk/ computer and doing something more practical which I was itching to do.
Do you enjoy giving massages?
I love it. At times it can be physically demanding but I would take that any day over wilting away behind a desk. Plus I study part-time (which is behind a desk) and massaging my way around London the rest of the time, so it provides a great balance to my life.
Are there are side-effects after the massage?
You will feel tired and want to sleep after, as the massage works very deeply. Therefore, if you have a big meeting or event to go to, I would advise you to have the treatment after and not directly before as you might not be completely on the ball.
I’m self-conscious so not sure if massages are for me?
We all have our own little insecurities – whether it’s your belly, bum or legs. Although the massage is full body (legs, arms, back, face, feet and bum, obviously no private parts!!), if you don’t want to massage a particular part of your body that is not a problem at all, just let me know. Also remember, any personal information from the session will be 100% confidential.
What training have I had?
I started my massage training in the more conventional Sport Massage arena, studying my ITEC Level 3 at St Mary’s University in Twickenham. It was a great experience and the Anatomy and Physiology of massage was fantastic, and an invaluable building block for my Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Course. After this, I trained in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage here.
Do I need to have a shower after?
I use organic rapeseed oil along with an indian powder called calamus powder. The calamus powder can be brushed off after (if you’re heading straight back to work for example). The oil with stay on your skin, some people like to leave this on overnight to let it soak it, although some people prefer a shower straight after.