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Ayurvedic Massage Fundamentals

6 CE Hours - E1063

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of health and healing in the world. Ayurvedic massage works on both the physical and mental levels, transmitting a life-giving energy that assists all systems of the body to repair and renew themselves.

Learn how Ayurvedic massage helps balance the body and mind. Through clear language and beautiful illustrations, this home study CE course describes how an expert practitioner performs Ayurvedic assessment and massage for a variety of clients including those who are pregnant, in labor, in postpartum and providing infant care. This course includes the benefits, key terms, indications and contraindications for Ayurvedic massage and recipes for creating your own Ayurvedic fragrant oils, nourishing facial creams, masks and clay baths. Applicable to all types of practice and especially valuable for massage therapists who provide spa services.

Through this course, you will learn:

  • the definition of Ayurveda, dosha, vikriti and marmas
  • the characteristics of vata, pitta and kapha
  • indications for and benefits of Ayurvedic massage
  • factors that increase balance or imbalance to each dosha
  • the main points used to perform pulse diagnosis
  • primary techniques and sequences used in a full-body Ayurvedic massage
  • Ayurvedic massage techniques used in pregnancy, labor, post-partum and infant massages
  • how to prepare a traditional Indian beauty treatment

Featured Reviews

Great topic!!! I love the eastern traditional ideas regarding massage and medicine. Love acupressure and traditional tai massage info too. Thanks!

- Carrie Bobis, LMT

I was really surprised by the descriptions of the hand-on portion of the course. Easy to read and understand. I have a much broader understanding of Ayurveda and the marma points. Thank you.

- Amy Dittsworth, LMT

I have always been attracted to Ayurvedic practices and principles and appreciate this course. It was perfect in it's detail and not too overwhelming that I was able to understand the text. Thank you. I enjoyed it very much! I look forward to my continued studies with you in the future.

- Deborah Caudle, CMT

I am glad to have the text to refer back to for information. This course was very informative. The recipes for the oils used will be extremely helpful in my practice.

- Theresa Kay Valentin, LMT, NCTMB

Fabulous course. Ayurvedic information I had not come across before. Author's in depth knowledge and intimacy with these teachings was evident and appreciated.

- B. Budesheim, LMT, NCTMB

Another great course - quality content and materials. Thank you!

- Catherine Burton, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent course, I love this formula!

- Nadine Tiwari

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy on the eyes to read. It was very interesting and I was surprised how much knowledge I gained about Ayruvedic Massage. I had no idea prior to taking this course what Ayurvedic Massage was. It had my attention so much that one night I read the book until after midnight. I am very anxious to start using this massage in my practice and on me.

- Linda Lee Fusco, LMT

The materials and test for this course were excellent! Everything was clear and easy to understand. The layout invited me to learn more. I enjoyed this course completely!

- Laura Deisz, CMT, BCTMB

If you are at all interested in Ayurvedic Massage this is an excellent start and resource.....very well presented...Thank you

- Barbara Shannon, LMT, BCTMB

this course was to the point and peaked my interest in Ayurvedic massage fundamentals.

- David Dierkes, LMT, BCTMB

course was great, will continue to use your courses to fulfill my ceu requirements.

- Donna Sharp, LMT

Clear materials, ease of learning facilitated by your presentation and good reference materials for the future were provided. Thanks

- Gail M. Hutchinson, LMT, BCTMB

Although I may not be able to jump into doing Ayurvedic Massage practices, the information and reminders about how there are so many different massage techniques around the world was important and interesting. This is a good course to get people interested in taking more of the appropriate amount of lessons in the subject matter.

- Jody Cross, LMT

I have always enjoyed adding the course books to my library. I enjoyed the flexibility of the learning materials.

- Pamela S. Dick, LMT

Appreciated being able to complete CEs using a book I already owned. It helped me to finish reading the material and I did discover new ideas for massage oils and essential oils.

- Deborah Layton, LMT, NCTMB

Good course, material was easy to follow.

- Rena Hach, LMT

I am delighted with this course and the education I was able to receive because of it. I look forward to the next time I can use the Institute for my continuing education needs!

- Helen Neumann, LMT

The Ayurvedic massage course is not typically available on site, so this home study course was perfect. I enjoyed learning about the massage techniques, oils, and the principles of Ayurvedic massage.

- Bette Isereau, LMT

I found the course to be very informative and the materials were very easy to understand.

- Kimberly S. Lauren, LMT

Sparked my interest to learn more about this.

- Helen Willis-Waltrup, LMT

There was a lot of useful information for a massage therapist.

- Lisa Madsen, LMT, NCTMB

I have already begun to put techniques of Ayurvedic Massage into practice. It has made an excellent change, after 11 years of practice!

- Melinda Curgan, LMT

It was a perfect class for a new mom. Mahalo!

- Deja Parrent, LMT

Material arrived quickly and was much better than I anticipated. Very interesting and informative.

- Andrea Loewy, CMT, NCTMB

The course helped me focus on the most important information for practicing Ayurvedic massage.

- Tina Vecera

Great course! Thank you!

- Cynthia Huffman, LMT

I enjoyed this course. I was able to go at my own pace and found that I went quite quickly through the material. I will be using this information to enhance my clients' massage programs.

- Ruthay Coney, RMT

Awesome and easy to take! I enjoyed this course very much and would love to take more that you guys offer next renewal!

- Ryan Jones, LMT

Very good and informative class.

- Donelle Mann, LMT

The two courses I took were amazing.

- Laurie Bauer, LMT

I loved this class!! Gave me new insites to massage!! I will deffinitily have a varity of oils on hand!!

- Victoria Jackson, CMT, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course. Excellent content. Opens new doors. I will use it in my practice. Thank You!

- Guylaine Dube Long, LMT, NCTMB

I both enjoyed this course and learned a great deal from it.

- Cynthia Marie Hayes, LMT, NCTMB

Loved it! I can't wait to share!

- Sara Krugerud

Excellent course, this will be most useful in my practice.

- Brooke Brasier, LMT

It was a great course and I would recommend to a friend.

- Anthony Harrison, LMT

Very informative.

- Darline Fox, LMT, NCTMB

Wonderful class... very insightful!

- Joleen Johnson, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you, very informative!

- Rebecca Agra, LMT

Love being able to take courses and tests online.

- Denise Kotulak, NCTMB

This has been my favorite at home course so far, I've learned so much about Ayurveda, I can't wait to add Ayurvedic Massage to my practice. Thanks so much.

- Adriana Jackson, LMT

Very interesting, enjoyable, useful.

- Sharon Miller, LMT

Information provided was great! I can't wait to start using some of these techniques in my own massage. I especially liked the different massage oil recipes and their uses!

- Megan Simons, LMT, NCTMB

The book was very informative and easy to understand. The techniques were easy to follow. Thanks!

- Andrea Brueske, LMT

I believe that this course was very helpful and helped reground my thoughts about massage. I feel that this is helpful, and refreshing for all therapist.

- Mary E. Decker, LMT, NCTMB

I love it. It was very interesting to see how different ayurvedic and western massage are.

- Sasha Cartwright, LMT

Great content to introduce someone to Ayurvedic Massage. Learned enough to put into practice quickly!

- J. Tick, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed the detail and interesting facts.

- Barbara, San Francisco

This was a very informative book that inspired me and added to my knowledge of Ayurveda.

- Jennifer Peterson, HHP, San Diego, CA

This is a very informative and convenient home course that I plan to incorporate in my future massages. The ayurvedic recipes are helpful. The course book is easy to follow and has a good flow. I was able to preprint the test to study by before taking the final online test. I will use this service again.

- L. Whaley, LMT

It was a wonderful course and it taught me a great deal about essential oils and to realize how many different interesting fields are out there for massage!

- C. Jordan, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course as I have a great interest in learning as much as I can to help my clients and to be able to give them the type of care that I believe they need.

- C. Stock, NCTMB

I found this course extremely educational and enjoyable. I would encourage others to take this course and feel confident in the quality of all the courses offered.

- J. Diaz, LMT

This course was so powerful to me I might just change my college major! This is an insanely useful approach to natural healing and massage.

- J. Iverson


  • Text - 152 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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