A home study course in Ayurvedic massage can help teach massage therapists how to expel the body’s toxins and relax your client’s body. What began as an ancient Indian medicinal practice has transformed in Western culture to an alternative medicine.

In practice, therapists use warm oils to help recharge and rejuvenate the client’s mind and body and can easily be learned through home study courses. 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, 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 Ayurveda massage benefits 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.

–Jeremy Maready