Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage

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Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage

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Advanced Abhyanga Massage Therapy

This seminar is an extension of our Introduction to Abhyanga seminar, though it is not a prerequisite if you are already a licensed massage therapist looking for continuing education hours. There will be some review and overlap from the Introductory Abhyanga seminar, but students in the advanced seminar will be expected to demonstrate more skill, polish, improved ergonomics, anointing procedures, and confidence. This advanced seminar will be an opportunity to hone your skills in this powerful therapy.

Ayurveda teaches us many different bodywork modalities, including oil massage called Abhyanga. Abyhanga is a Sanskrit word meaning “to rub the limbs”, usually with warm herbal oil.

Expect to learn the basic concepts, theory and history of Ayurveda, but mostly this is a hands-on class where you will witness a full Abhyanga demonstration as well as be led through a guided practice of giving and receiving a treatment. Students will feel confident in giving this type of authentic, time-proven, ancient massage modality. It can be added to your current massage techniques or can be offered exclusively on its own. The medical science of Ayurveda recognizes the value of using warm, herbal-oil during massage because oil is lipophilic, meaning it will dissolve toxic, fat-like substances in the subcutaneous tissues, nourish the skin, remove impurities, stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and calm the central nervous system….all of this will promote a intense blissful sensation and abolish stress that has been stored in the body. To support flow of prana (vitality) in the body, abhyanga is done in a specific, ancient sequence based on terminal clearance and techniques that work at the chakra level as well as the physical levels.

SAMA’s abhyanga massage begins by applying fresh lemon, salt, then oil to the soles of the feet. Then oil is applied to the crown of the head. Once these entrance/exit points (also known as terminal ends) are lubricated, the flow of prana and healing can begin. The rest of the sequence follows lines along the musculature and circles around the joints. This is a very comprehensive therapy, not designed for deep tissue work, but can be modified either way. Clients love this! Upon graduation, students will be certified in Ayurvedic Oil Massage (Abhyanga). 

Student Objectives:

  • Comprehend the basics of Ayurveda
  • Define Abhyanga 
  • Be able to give a full Ayurvedic Massage
  • Learn why anointing the body with oil is so powerful
  • Define 8 forms of Ayurvedic bodywork
  • Understand the benefits/contraindications
  • Discover your Ayurvedic imbalance
  • Learn Nasya Therapy (herbal application of oil to the nostrils)
  • Learn Karna Purna Therapy (application of oil to the ears)
  • Learn how these therapies are rooted in pancha karma
  • Learn about Ayurvedic purifying essential oils and base oils
  • Learn the Sacred Stone Abhyanga sequence

Additional Info:

18 CE Credits Live Seminar (6 theory credits + 6 hands-on credits with the instructor + 6 hands-on credits at home). Required Home Practicum: Five client testimonials submitted to total the extra 6 hours needed. Approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #155301-00). Also approved by NY state. 

  • Class Credits: 18 CEs
  • Required Home Practicum: Five client testimonials submitted to total the extra six hours needed.
  • Food & Dining: Bring your own, or join us at one of the nearby restaurants
  • Master Instructors: Kimberly Giunta, D. Ay, LMT, RYT or Karyn Marie Chabot M.Ay, LMT, RYT 

PLEASE NOTE: The instructor of this class is subject to change. All Sacred Stone instructors are certified, qualified, experienced, skilled, gifted, and approved by Karyn.

What To Bring?

  • 8 oz of massage oil (preferably grapeseed, sesame, apricot, sunflower or jojoba) with a pour top spout, which can be found at any kitchen store.
  • 1 lemon
  • Massage linens- top and fitted sheet
  • 2 hand towels
  • 1 large towel
  • Pen or pencil + paper

Click here to view the e-course version of this seminar (taught in tandem)