Massage therapists can learn how to expel the body’s toxins and relax a client’s body through home-study courses in Ayurvedic massage.

What is now an alternative medicinal technique has its origins as an ancient Indian medicinal practice. The practice of Ayurvedic massage includes the use of warm oils, which help recharge and rejuvenate the client’s mind and body. By learning the benefits and techniques of Ayurvedic massage in the privacy of your home or office, massage therapists can easily implement these tools into their practice.

Home-study courses of Ayurvedic massage include topics that cover the different techniques used in eight different massage treatments. Some of those topics include the use of proper oils, the Ayurvedic diet, products, herbal bath, identifying the biological principles, breathing techniques, the five elements or doshas, Marma Therapy, understanding the chakra system and recognizing imbalances within the body.

While daily Ayurvedic oil massages are recommended for clients, three to four treatments a week can suffice and can provide many health benefits. Some of the benefits of Ayurvedic massage include increased circulation to the body’s nerve endings, increased muscle tone, eased joints, increased mental alertness, calmed nerves, healthier skin, increased stamina and better sleep patterns.

According to a recent study, 50 percent of the toxins in clients’ blood, namely polychlorinated biphenyl, were eliminated after participants received the panchakarma detoxification treatment used in Ayurveda massage. The study, conducted at the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, focused on the panchakarma detoxification treatment.

The study followed 88 subjects 45 years old and older and was divided into two parts, a cross-sectional comparison that measured the level of toxins in the population and a pre- and post- treatment that measured the effectiveness of the Panchakarma treatment.

Make sure to check with your national and state licensing bodies to make sure the courses you select are acceptable for continuing education credits.