Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Technique

Ayurvedic Yoga

AYM combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breath-work and yoga stretching. Similar to Thai massage, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is performed on a mat allowing for a full range of stretching. In addition; the deep tissue massage dissolves physical tension, while the assisted stretches and breath exercises realign the body and stimulate the natural flow of energy.

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, was and continues to be developed by Master Kusum Modak of Pune, India, who has tirelessly dedicated her life to creating and spreading this work.
She has combined her knowledge of Ayurveda and Traditional Ayurvedic Massage with Yoga, learned directly from BKS Iyengar, to create her own unique approach to Ayurvedic massage.


Ayurvedic Yoga Massage is a unique style of massage that combines deep tissue massage with coordinated breathwork and yoga stretching. The session is performed on a mat for free movement and flow.
The deep tissue massage helps to remove knots and adhesions in the muscles, releases tension and prepares the body of the receiver for assisted yoga stretching.

Through synchronised breathwork, the receiver is led progressively deeper into assisted yoga postures that help correct postural imbalances and restore harmony to the body.

These techniques incorporate the use of the hands and feet as tools for massage. The utilisation of the feet allows for deeper and more thorough pressure through long and graceful strokes.

This unique comprehensive approach to the body dissolves physical and emotional blocks, helps eliminate toxins, promotes correct posture, improves respiratory patterns, enhances energy levels, and leaves the receiver with a profound sense of well being.

JAMES WINSTANLEY – Lead Instructor



James Winstanley graduated with a degree in Massage Therapy from the prestigious Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Acupuncture in NYC in 2003. He is a pioneer of AYM in the west and is devoted to spreading this profound healing art to a wide audience using the highest level of teaching and practice.A love affair with India led James to spend extensive time there, during which he was privileged to study and work with Master Kusum Modak who devised and developed Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.James brings to AYM his extensive medical background having worked with Medical Doctors, Chiropractors and Acupuncturists, a true meeting of East and West. His in depth knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and related Pathologies enables him to tailor the perfect session, helping to relieve tensions, release muscular tightness and encourage balance in the body and mind.




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Adam Divine  first trained in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage in 2005, he has also trained with Ayurvedic doctors in India and monks in Thailand. Adam later went on to study therapeutic bodywork in the UK and is also an Anatomy Instructor for Yoga Teachers. Adam is fascinated by massage and body structure – he wants to make a difference with his clients and students and help them free themselves of postural problems.





Simon GriggsSimon’s sessions are a culmination of all his yoga knowledge and bodywork studies. As well as being a registered Ayurvedic Therapist, he is also a qualified medical massage therapist and it is these two seemingly diffrent approaches which give him his unique perspective on his work. Simon takes great care and pride in teaching this work and seeing the growth and opening in his clients and students.