Home-Study Courses Teach Whole-Body Relaxation Through Ayurvedic Massage, MASSAGE MagazineHome-study courses in ayurvedic massage, an ancient Indian medicinal practice, can help massage therapists expel the body’s toxins and relax a client’s body. Warm oils used in ayurvedic massage can help recharge and rejuvenate the client’s mind and body.

Eight different massage treatments are used in ayurvedic massage, and they can be learned through home-study course topics. Some of those topics include the use of proper oils, the ayurvedic diet, products, herbal bath, identifying biological principles, breathing techniques, the five elements or doshas, Marma Therapy, understanding the chakra system and recognizing imbalances within the 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.

While daily ayurvedic oil massages are recommended for clients, three to four treatments a week can suffice and 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 one study, 50 percent of the toxins in clients’ blood, namely polychlorinated biphenyl, were eliminated after participants received the panchakarma detoxification treatment used in ayurvedic 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, age 45 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.