Ayurvedic Therapist

  • Learn massage techniques for curative and outpatient Ayurveda therapy from the professionals.

  • Train effective treatment techniques for internal cleansing, regeneration and pain therapy.

  • Deepen your therapeutic competence with traditional Marma techniques.

Learn from the professionals! Our experienced Ayurveda lecturers and Marma therapists teach you everything you need for your successful Ayurveda practice. Sirodhara, Pinda sveda and Siddha-marma are just a few of the Ayurvedic treatment methods that you should master for Ayurvedic therapy at the highest level. Practical skills of Ayurvedic diagnosis and special treatments for the musculoskeletal system are also important to cover the versatile spectrum of holistic Ayurvedic therapy.

Another highlight is the integrative work of the South Indian Kalari and Marma therapies, which will give your work a special quality of precise treatment procedures with type-specific selected oils, herbal sachets or compresses.

Learning objectives

As an Ayurvedic therapist, you are a specialist in the art of Ayurvedic touch, oil treatments and Marma therapies for the musculoskeletal system. You are able to work professionally in Ayurveda cures and accompany your clients and patients with effective massage techniques on their holistic healing path.

Study with experienced Ayurvedic therapists and experts the variety of traditional forms of treatment for professional Ayurvedic practice and deepen your knowledge through clinical experience and interdisciplinary exchange.

You will learn
- physical, energetic and emotional aspects of Ayurvedic massage and oil treatments.
- Special knowledge and effective techniques of Ayurvedic and Marma therapies like Pinda Sveda, Sirodhara, Kalari Chikitsa.
- Marma therapies for musculoskeletal system and other common ailments.
- Theory and practice of Ayurvedic abdominal massage, back massage and therapy Pristabhyanga Lepa, Kati Basti.
- special treatment for Pancakarma therapy Nasya, Netra Tarpana, Karana Purana.
- profound knowledge of anatomy and physiology in connection with Ayurveda and Yoga.
- holistic therapy concepts and treatment cycles based on case studies.
- talk-therapeutic accompaniment and healing-promoting dialogue for a healthy balance.


The postgraduate course in Ayurveda therapy comprises 21 days of training as well as an internship at the Ayurveda Competence and Therapy Centre in Birstein. Each training module teaches in a lively way the different treatment techniques in theory and practice with indication and contraindication as well as individual forms of application.

The training plan with the sequence of individual training modules is flexible and is determined according to personal wishes. Entry into the postgraduate course is possible at any time after completion of the training as a massage practitioner.

The final examination to become an Ayurveda therapist takes place approx. 3 months after the last training block with a written, oral and practical examination as well as a final thesis. The entrance requirement for the certified final examination is the complete attendance of all training blocks and the proof of a job shadowing.


Your path to graduation

Designation Days Attendance time Total learning hours


Training Ayurveda Massage Practitioner





Advanced training Ayurveda therapist








REAA Final Exam (1) (6)
Medically examined andcertified Ayurveda therapist
recognized by VEAT (Association of European Ayurveda Physicians and Therapists)
51 382 515


Abhyanga full body massage
- Abhyanga - full body oil massage: practical practice of massage grips, strokes, sequences and variations
- indications and contraindications, effects in theory and practice
- individual adaptation and type appropriate forms of Abhyanga
- pre and post treatment of the client
- emotional and therapeutic quality of touch, inner and outer attitude of the therapist

Ayurveda basic course part 1: Concepts and Factors of Disease
- Introduction to History and Philosophy of Ayurveda
- Essential Features and Literature of Ayurveda
- Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine versus Modern Science
- Nature of Man: Differentiation of body, mind and spirit
- Introduction to anatomy and physiology of Ayurveda:
- five elements (panca-mahabhuta)
- functional components: doshas (classification, properties, functions, seats) and agnis (classification, function, states)
- structural components: dhatus, upadhatus , malas and srotas
- process of tissue formation (dhatu-parinama)
- Health and disease in Ayurveda:
- definition of health (svastha)
- causes (hetu) of health and physical and mental diseases
- process of etiopathogenesis (samprapti)
- stages of etiopathogenesis (six kriyakala)

Ayurveda Basic Course Part 2: Constitution and Healing
- theoretical and practical introduction to the concept of Ayurvedic constitutional theory (prakriti)
- introduction to diagnosis in Ayurveda: Models of Patient Examination
- three-fold examination (tri-vidha-pariksha)
- six-fold examination (shad-vidha-pariksha)
- eight-fold examination (ashta-vidha-pariksha)
- Introduction to Ayurvedic concepts of health maintenance (svasthavrtta):
- dinacarya: daily routine measures and order therapy
- rtucarya: recommendations for a lifestyle adapted to the seasons
- rasayana: measures to counteract the aging process
- vajikarana: Measures to increase potency and improve the quality of eggs and sperm
- introduction to ayurvedic food science
- introduction to ayurvedic symptomatology:
- symptoms of doshas
- symptoms of tissues (dhatu), excretory products (mala), transport spaces (srotas), digestive power (agni)
- introduction to the rational, psychological and subtle therapeutic approaches (yuktivyapashraya, sattvavajaya, daivavyapashraya) of Ayurveda:
- Introduction to pancakarma therapies

Kalari full body massage
- Effect, indications and contraindications of Kalari Ayurveda-
full body massage
Basic techniques and application of Kalari Ayurveda full body massage with its various grips, dynamic strokes and sequences
- practical practice of Kalari massage with integrated Marma therapy
- definition of Marma, Nadi and five Marma groups
- indication and forms of application of Ayurvedic sweating therapies (Svedana), Svedana practice with hot compresses

partial body massages of foot, hand and face with hand-Shirodhara
- effect, Application possibilities and treatment techniques of the ayurvedic partial body massages
- Padabhyanga - ayurvedic foot and leg massage
- Mukabhyanga - ayurvedic face massage
- Hastabhyanga - ayurvedic hand massage
- Demonstration and practice of the Hand-Shirodhara (oil forehead cast), as an integral part of the facial treatment
- Indications, contraindications and intensive practical practice of the massage techniques

Ayurvedic back and dry massage
- Effect, Application possibilities and treatment techniques of the Ayurvedic massage techniques Pristhabhyanga (back massage) and Garshan (silk glove massage)
- Explanation, demonstration and practical practice of the Pristhabhyanga back massage with procedure, grips and strokes
- Introduction to the treatment of local back Marma points
- Release pent-up emotions via the back
- Explanation, demonstration and practical practice of the Garshan silk glove massage in variations appropriate to the type.
- Ayurveda and Detox: Indications, Contraindications and Application of Metabolism Stimulating, Weight Reducing and Emotion Releasing Treatment Techniques

Spices, Herbs and Oils in Ayurvedic Therapy
- Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Spice and Herbology (Dravyaguna)
- Classification of Spices Balancing the Psyche (Sattva, Rajas, Tamas), to Balance Doshas, Constitution and Digestion (Agni), to improve food tolerance (Karana)
- Type-specific and practical application of spices in everyday life
- Detailed discussion of 21 selected Ayurvedic spices according to their properties and healing effects
- Detailed discussion of 12 selected Ayurvedic herbs according to their properties and healing effects
- Detailed discussion of 13 selected Ayurvedic oils according to their properties and healing effects
- Therapeutic application of spices in dietetics

Anamnesis, Counselling and practice strategies with casestudies
- Psychological and psychosomatic dimensions of Ayurvedic nutrition and health counselling
- Anamnesis, diagnosis and counselling skills: Ayurvedic constitutional assessment and findings in practice, tongue diagnosis
- Recognizing dosha and agni disorders, assessing and assigning srota blockages and dhatu disorders
- Gaining counseling skills through practical work with subjects, case studies
- Selecting type-appropriate therapy strategies, health recommendations, spices and dietary tips
- Ayurveda as a profession: Basics of practice management, marketing, networking and handling social media
- Developing successful Ayurveda offerings

Curative Ayurveda treatments and back therapy
- Individual application of therapeutic full body and partial body massage
- Udvarthana - stimulating and draining dry massage with powder, flour and herbs
- Pristabhyangalepa - deepening techniques of Ayurvedic back massage with pack
- Kati Basti and Griva Basti - technique and practice of local back therapy and pads, incl. Pre and post treatment
- Nabhi Karma - Massage techniques and practice work of Ayurveda abdominal massage, marmas and chakras on the torso

Pinda and Shiro - Stamp massages, oil pours and head treatments
- Pinda sveda - Theory, Practice and guided practice of massage techniques with traditional herbal pouch and expelling lemon coconut pouch (Sastik Sali, Jambira)
- Shastika Pinda sveda - indication, contraindication and demonstration nourishing rice pouch
- Shirodhara: Theory, practice and guided practice of Ayurvedic oil forehead pouring
- Nasya, Akshi Nehatarpana, Karna-Purana - indication, contraindication and guided practice of oiling the sense organs and head
- Shirobasti - indication, contraindication and demonstration of therapeutic head treatment

Marma therapy for musculoskeletal system II
- In-depth anatomy of the major nadis and marmas, especially for the
area of the upper and lower extremities
- Advanced grips to open the Marmas and stimulate the Nadis
- Massage sequences and treatment techniques in different
starting positions
- Deepening techniques and formulations of compresses, spices and powders
for the treatment of musculoskeletal complaints of the upper and
lower extremities
- Manual therapy treatment strategies for tension, pain
and hardening in joints, muscles and tissues
- Techniques for the treatment of marma blockages
- Case studies and supervision

Marma massage for the musculoskeletal system I
- Localization and qualification of the marmas
- Possible applications of specific marma manual therapies, Spices, powders
and oils for the treatment of the musculoskeletal system
- Specific techniques for the treatment of the Marma Nadi system (Marma
uzzhichil), overlays (Lepa) and stretching techniques
- Treatment variations of the Marma manual therapy for specific
complaints of the musculoskeletal system (cervical spine / thoracic spine / lumbar spine)
- Practical techniques for the assessment of findings in the Marma manual therapy,

Deepening treatment practice & supervision of Ayurveda therapy
- individual treatment procedures and series, adapted to physical and psychological needs and complaint patterns, case studies
- massage supervision and individual coaching to optimise personal touch and treatment quality, practical final examination
- in-depth techniques, herbal and oil studies, Patient documentation and practice management

Internship Ayurveda massage therapy
- Practical experience and confidence in working with spa patients
- Preparation and work processes of professional Ayurveda spa therapy
- Interdisciplinary work from Ayurvedic diagnosis and consultation to individually tailored manual and herbal therapy
- Deepened understanding of Ayurveda treatment practice and therapy planning based on case discussions.


Kerstin Rosenberg
HP (Psych) Karin Bachmaier
Prof. Dr. Shivenarain Gupta
Maria Büdel
Dipl.-Päd., Heilpraktiker Oliver Becker
Petra Wolfinger
Win Silvester
Prof. Dr. Martin Mittwede
Heilpraktikerin Léini Siebenaller
Stephanie Albert
Stefan Pachinger
Mag. Marion Malle


Training fee from € 6,285

discount for payment in one sum in advance € 50

plus accommodation and meals - only for attendance dates in Birstein

Guest houses are available on the campus of the European Academy of Ayurveda. For your overnight stay during the training you can choose from rooms of different categories. Ayurvedic full board from our organic kitchen is included in the room price.

Method of payment

Deposit € 500

Final payment

a) In one sum with a 50 EUR discount at the latest one month before the start of the training (immediately for eAcademy modules, otherwise at the latest one month before the booked start of the training).
b) Monthly instalments of 250 EUR each by direct debit. The payment (debiting) of the monthly instalments takes place on the 1st of the month, starting from the month of the booked beginning of the training, in case of eAcademy modules immediately. If the training begins with modules of the eAcademy, the activation takes place provisionally immediately after receipt of the deposit, regularly then after receipt of the first monthly installment.


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For whom?

Especially recommended for
- massage practitioners who would like to deepen their knowledge of the manual techniques of Ayurveda
- all those who would like to acquire counselling skills in nutritional and herbal therapy as well as type-appropriate conversation
- people who work in a professional environment with Ayurveda massage and therapy

At a glance

Required previous knowledge:
Ayurvedic Massage Practitioner


- Medically examined and certified Ayurveda therapist
- recognized by the VEAT association

45 days
337.5 hours attendance (equivalent online)
652.5 learning hours

Training fee from € 6.285

if necessary plus board and lodging

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Basic modules

Abhyanga full body massage

3 days

Ayurveda Basic Course Part 1: Concepts and Factors of Disease

3 days 3 days 30 lessons

Ayurveda Basic Course Part 2: Constitution and Healing Science

3 days 3 days 39 lessons

Kalari full body massage

3 days

Partial body massages of foot, hand and face with hand shirodhara

3 days

Spices, herbs and oils in Ayurveda therapy

3 days 3 days 59 lessons

Advanced modules

Attendance of at least 1 basic module is recommended beforehand

Ayurvedic back and dry massage

3 days

Curative Ayurveda treatments and back therapy

3 days

Pinda and Shiro - stamp massages, oil pours and head treatments

3 days

Marma therapy for the musculoskeletal system II

3 days

Marma massage for the musculoskeletal system I

3 days

Competence modules

Only recommended towards the end of the training

Anamnesis, counselling and practice strategies with case studies

3 days 3 days

Deepening treatment practice & supervision of Ayurveda therapy

3 days

Internship Ayurveda Massage Therapy

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