FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on AYURVEDIC YOGA MASSAGE and the ARYM INSTITUTE

  1. Do I need to join the module – Introduction to AYM therapy (I) before starting the Therapist training (I – IV) ?
  2. Is it necessary to join the module introduction to AYM therapy (I), before registering for the Therapist Training (I-IV)?
  3. Can I learn Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology with the ARYM Institute
  4. Who teaches the training
  5. Can I become a Certified massage therapist?
  6. Can I really learn to give this amazing massage?
  7. What is the ideal duration of a massage?
  8. How can I find an AYM therapist or masseur in my area?
  9. What is the difference between Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?
  10. Can I learn Ayurveda at the ARYM Institute?
  11. Are the AYM workshops suited for me?
  12. Can I join parts of the 8 or 12-days Therapist Training course, like 2, 3, 4, 6… days?
  13. Can I join professionalization days right after completion of the Certified Practitioner (I-IV)?
  14. How long should I wait to join the Therapist Diploma (V) after completion of the Certified Practitioner (I-IV)?
  15. How long is a recertification course?
  16. How much does the refresher course costs?
  17. What happens if I do not recertify my certificate/diploma after 24 months?
  18. Do I need to have my certificate or diploma validated every 2 years?
  19. Why must I have my certificate or diploma revalidated every 2 years?
  20. What can one expect receiving an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?
  21. What is Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM)?
  22. Are accommodation and food included in the training fees?
  23. Are ARYM Training Courses Certified?
  24. What are the prerequisites for the AYM training courses?
  25. What is the class schedule?
  26. What is the difference between an 8-day and 12-day Therapist Training?
  27. What is the address of the venue?
  28. Do I need to be a Massage Therapist to join an AYM Therapist Training?
  29. Do I need any prior experience in massage to join ARYM training program?
  30. Do I need to be a Yoga Teacher or a Yogi(ni) to join an ARYM training?
  31. What materials will I get on joining the course?
  32. Will I be qualified after completing the Certified practitioner (I-IV) start practicing on clients?
  33. After the Therapist Diploma, how to continue my AYM education?
  34. Can you explain the Instructor program (I-VI)?
  35. What will I get from the course?
  36. Are there exams at the end of the trainings?
  37. Can I complete the Therapist Training course in different locations?
  38. What should I bring for the training?
  39. What should I wear during the class?
  40. What is the validity of the Certificate/Diploma?
  41. What is calamus powder?
  42. Where can I buy Calamus powder?
  43. In which language are the trainings are taught?
  44. There are no training courses scheduled in my area, can I request one?
  45. Are all the materials included in the course fees?

Do I need to join the module – Introduction to AYM therapy (I) before starting the Therapist training (I – IV) ?

The Introduction to AYM therapy (I) is one of the four modules of the full therapist training itself. But it is also possible to attend only the – Introduction to AYM therapy (I), if you cannot attend the whole 8-12 day therapist training program.

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Is it necessary to join the module introduction to AYM therapy (I), before registering for the Therapist Training (I-IV)?

Yes and no!
No, because it is possible to register directly for the complete Therapist Training (I-IV or I-V), even without prior experience in terms of massage, yoga or therapy.
Yes, because the introduction to AYM Therapy (I) is included, as the first module, in the Therapist Training (I-IV). Part I teaching the back of the body, you will inevitably be led to follow it.
The registration to the introduction to AYM Therapy (I) is intended for people who do not have the time or the financial, to commit on the 8 to 12 days of the AYM Therapist Training.

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Can I learn Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology with the ARYM Institute

Yes, we are providing Master classes specially deigned to teach anatomy, Physiology and Pathology related to the practice of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.

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Who teaches the training

All classes are taught by Ananta Sylvain Girard, who has been practicing AYM for over 20 years worldwide. Ananta was the assistant and personal secretary of Master Kusum Modak between 1997 and 2001 find out more about Ananta

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Can I become a Certified massage therapist?

Yes you can, just enroll to our Therapist Training courses and we will teach you everything. You will learn easily the sequence and develop confidence to become AYM practitioners.

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Can I really learn to give this amazing massage?

Yes, we’ll teach you the full sequence of massage, and how to give precisely the strokes and stretches to your friends and family. You will success and love it 🙂 see our review

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What is the ideal duration of a massage?

The ideal duration of an AYM massage treatment can varie from one person to another, but it is common practice to book for a 60 to 90-minute massage. A treatment lasting 75 minutes will provide enough time to cover the entire body, including a facial massage at the end of the treatment. The session can sometimes last longer, however, it is often better to receive 2 massages of 75-minute each, spaced at 2 to 3 days apart. The effect will be much better.

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How can I find an AYM therapist or masseur in my area?

Please visit our page Find-Therapist and check out on the search bar. Do not hesitate to visit this page again as many of our former therapists are adding their profile in this new site feature. Contact us if there is no therapist listed in your area and we’ll advise you further.

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What is the difference between Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?

AYM is an oil massage, given on the skin vs Traditional Thai Yoga massage is an acupressure technique given with clothes on.
AYM focuses on Breathing, fluid circulation and Prana vs Traditional Thai Yoga massage focuses on Chinese meridians.

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Can I learn Ayurveda at the ARYM Institute?

The Therapist Training cover the basic principles of Ayurveda. The training is hand-on and focus more on the Yogic aspects, like to perform assisted Yoga stretches and massage. In case students are interested to learn more about the science of Ayurveda, we offer specific Masterclasses: Ayurvedic Life Style program by Line White, our Vedic Educator.
Also, we organize Ayurvedic Retreats in Pune every year with Dr Sonali Shinde (BAMS).
Contact us to find out more.

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Are the AYM workshops suited for me?

Our training program is open to anyone who has an genius interest in learning about AYM, either for professional purpose (as medical practitioners, professional therapists, yoga teacher, etc.), or simply these that would like to massage their friends and loved ones. We always adjust the content and intensity of the class to everyone. Rare are the case when the training is not suitable to someone. It happened that someone joining a Yoga Teacher Training of plus than 8 hours/day found the experience of both class in the same period of time very exhausting. Do not overload you in your training time.

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Can I join parts of the 8 or 12-days Therapist Training course, like 2, 3, 4, 6… days?

Priority is given to students completing the full therapist training on 8 or 12-day, however it is possible when spaces are available. Participants are highly advised to register for the complete course (Certified Practitioner), as it is easier to learn in the continuity of the same group, because the classes follow naturally in the same setting, where students become more attentive, caring and confident. It is a collective friendly experience of giving and receiving. Feedback is essential and allows participants to gain the personal confidence necessary to practice a complete care.

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Can I join professionalization days right after completion of the Certified Practitioner (I-IV)?

It is advisable to join professionalization days soon after the certificate. It is a great opportunity to put into practice and integrate the material covered in the Therapist Training. You will provide massage treatments under Instructor supervision and receive individual feedback. It is the best start up for your practice.

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How long should I wait to join the Therapist Diploma (V) after completion of the Certified Practitioner (I-IV)?

It is advisable to join the 56-hour Therapist Diploma course soon after the certified practitioner course although you can join anytime. It is always better to validate your knowledge and sharpen your practice. “it is a unbeatable key to success in your practice.

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How long is a recertification course?

21 hours in any course, preferably the 3 Professionalization Days.

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How much does the refresher course costs?

Between 300€ and 450 €:
-> 21 hours of professionalization costs 300 € in India and 400 € in the rest of the world.
-> 21 hours of refresher and recertification course during the therapist training costs 330 € in India and 450 € in the rest of the world.

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What happens if I do not recertify my certificate/diploma after 24 months?

Your certificate remains usable for any justification of your participation in the courses ARYM, but you will not be able to be listed as a therapist in the Find-therapist feature on the ARYM website. Clients will not be able to access your profile while seeking for a massage in your area.
To recertify after 24 months, one needs to redo the complete 56 hours of the Therapist Training.
An exception is given from October 2018 to November 2019. Certifications issued before October 2016 can be revalidate with 3 professionalization days only. Please take action to register on time. See the upcoming dates

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Do I need to have my certificate or diploma validated every 2 years?

Yes, this will give you the right to be listed as Therapist on the ARYM website.

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Why must I have my certificate or diploma revalidated every 2 years?

To maintain a knowledge update (this is booster shot), to guarantee the safety of the treatment, and to have access to the Find therapist service.

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What can one expect receiving an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage?

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage will benefit anyone, whether you are looking for a massage that works deep in the muscle tissue and helps to realign your system or just a gentle deep relaxation. A selection of stretches will be performed according to one’s needs, opening the body where it most needs.

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What is Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM)?

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (AYM) is a bodywork method that combines traditional Indian deep tissue massage and assisted yoga-based stretching therapy. It is an full body oil massage incorporating an ayurvedic herb used as a scrub called Acorus Calamus, that gives greater efficiency to massage and the very specific feeling of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. The method AYM has been developed in the early 1980’ by Master Kusum Modak from Pune, India. As a devoted student of Yoga guru BKS Iyengar, Kusum brought together the essence of therapeutic alignment/adjustment of Iyengar yoga together with the traditional remedial Indian deep tissue massage. find out more

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Are accommodation and food included in the training fees?

Accommodation: Check in the specific course description to see if accommodation is included.
We are not managing accommodation but depending on the venue, we can help you to find a room. For example, for training in Mysore, you can visit this page sharing useful information: https://www.anantamassage.com/faq/practice-in-gokulam-mysore.html

Meals: Check in the specific course description to see if meal(s) is/are included.
In India, we also serve a lunch in Goa training and an early diner after the class in Mysore.

Tea break and snacks: Depending on the venue we offer tea, coffee, water and snacks at breaks.

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Are ARYM Training Courses Certified?

Yes, our training is accredited by the IICT (International Institute for Complementary Therapists). Our students can practice legally, with the specific insurance provided by the IICT, after completion of our course. After the completion of each course you will get the following certification issued by the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage ARYM:

  • AYM Certified Therapist (TT-I-IV)
  • AYM Therapist Diploma (TT-V)
  • AYM Authorized Instructor (IT-I-IV)
  • AYM Certified Instructor (IT-V)
  • ARYM Diploma Instructor (IT-VI)AYM Masterclass (MC-I to XII)

TT: Therapist Training
IT: Instructor Therapist
MC: Masterclass

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What are the prerequisites for the AYM training courses?

Here the prerequsite for the Therapist Training (TT), Instructor Therapist (IT) and Masterclass (MC):

Introduction to AYM Therapy (TT-1): Open to everyone
AYM Certified Practitioner (TT-1-4): Open to everyone
AYM Therapist Diploma (TT-5): Certified Practitioner (TT-1-4)
AYM Assistant Instructor (IT-1-4): Therapist Diploma (TT-5)
AYM Certified Instructor (IT-5): Therapist Diploma plus a substantial experience as an AYM Therapist
AYM Instructor Diploma (IT-6): Prior completion or been into the process (at least 1 of 3 of the 3 parts) of the Certified Instructor (IT-5), plus a substantial experience as AYM Therapist. At least 1 participation as Assistant Instructor (IT-1-4).
AYM Masterclass: Open to AYM Certified/Diploma therapists (TT-1-4 and TT-5)
AYM Professionalization days: Open to AYM Certified/Diploma therapists (TT-1-4 and TT-5) for Recertification or any need of refinement of techniques. Advisable for newly certified Practitioners (TT-1-4)

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What is the class schedule?

Les horaires sont variable d’un lieu à un autre et même parfois dans un même stage. Les dates et les horaires sont indiqués sur chaque page d’événement. Veuillez vérifier pour chaque événement.
Pause thé/café : Chaque classe du matin et de l’après-midi a une pause de 10 à 15 minutes.

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What is the difference between an 8-day and 12-day Therapist Training?

Program and total number of hours are the same, but more or less hours per day.

  • 8-day training timing: 9:30 – 17:30* – Total 56 hours
  • 12-day training timing: 12:30 – 16:45* – Total 56 hours

*The timings can be variable depending events and venue.

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What is the address of the venue?

Check the training event description page below the event date for an address. You can reach the event page clicking on even from Schedule page: https://www.anantamassage.com/demo/schedule/

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Do I need to be a Massage Therapist to join an AYM Therapist Training?

No, the training is open to everyone

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Do I need any prior experience in massage to join ARYM training program?

No, our training is accessible to everyone, including beginners and professionals of all levels. No prior experience of massage, neither of yoga is needed. Our courses allow participants to discover and easily learn the method of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage. Students will gain self-confidence by learning the skills that are necessary to integrate the flow of massage with the stretching series. At the end of the training course, trainees will have the ability to provide and demonstrate a complete Ayurvedic Yoga Massage treatment.

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Do I need to be a Yoga Teacher or a Yogi(ni) to join an ARYM training?

No, only prerequisite to join a training is a genuine interest. Although a background in yoga may be helpful, many newcomers participants become great practitioners.

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What materials will I get on joining the course?

You will get a course booklet, covering the complete sequences, text descriptions and range of techniques with images and space to annotate the procedures. Oil, powder, mattresses, lungis, etc. will be provided for the duration of the course.

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Will I be qualified after completing the Certified practitioner (I-IV) start practicing on clients?

Yes, after completing the Level 4 Certified Therapist Training you will be able to work with the AYM technique taking clients for 50 to 90-minute individual sessions.
Usually, depending to one’s ability, right after the course one should practice giving some sessions to family/friends or with other students to get into the flow of the treatment and receive plenty of feedback. After 5 to 20 practice sessions after the course, you will feel ready to take clients.
It is highly recommended to join the L.5 Therapist Diploma to get more guided practice, deepen the techniques and reinforce the material learnt during L.1-4 training course, as it is a vast amount of work and a dense program.

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After the Therapist Diploma, how to continue my AYM education?

Yes, after completing the Certified Practitioner (1-4) course, you will be given the confidence to start a carrier with AYM. You will be able to deliver 60 to 90-minute individual sessions to clients. Therefore, depending to one’s ability, right after the course one should practice giving some sessions to family/friends or with other students to integrate the flow of the treatment and receive plenty of necessary feedback. Usually, after 5 to 20 sessions given after the course, you will feel ready to take paid clients.
Also, it is highly recommended to join the Therapist Diploma (TT-5) to validate the knowledge you will have learnt in the Certified Practitioner (TT-1-4), so to get more guided practice, deepen the techniques and reinforce the technique, as it is a dense program with a vast amount of manoeuvres.

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Can you explain the Instructor program (I-VI)?

After a substantial amount of practice, an AYM Diploma Therapist can enroll into the Instructor program (I-VI). The ARYM instructor diploma is done in 3 stages:

  1.  AYM ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR (I-IV)
  2. AYM CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR (V)
  3. AYM INSTRUCTOR DIPLOMA (VI)

During the AYM ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR (I-IV), a student assists Ananta on a complete Therapist training. After 1 or several period of assisting (depending on skill level), a student will receive from Ananta the Authorized Instructor Certificate, so he can start to teach.
The AYM CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR (V) is composed of 3 modules of 5 or 6 days each (part 1, 2 and 3). These can be taken separately and in any order. The Instructor Certificate enables the student to progressively facilitate the 4 main phases of the ARYM program.
The AYM DIPLOMA INSTRUCTOR (VI) is a post-internship personal work that validates the Diploma, enhance practical experience by supporting of a group of students…
Find out more

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What will I get from the course?

The trainings are truly hands-on, enabling one to give a 50-90 minute Ayurvedic Yoga Massage by the end of Certified Therapist (I-V)
With the Diploma Therapist (I-V), you will learn how to practice even more stretches, with the confidence that comes with revising and further integrating material already learned.
With the Diploma Instructor (I-VI), you will initiate how to teach the ARYM method to other students.
And the Masterclasses will deepen your knowledge on specific topics, techniques, …
Certificates or Diploma are given after each course.
learn more about ARYM training

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Are there exams at the end of the trainings?

Yes, on the last day or 2 days of the trainings there is(are) the Clinic Day(s), depending on the amount of students it can take one or two days. So you will be assessed by giving a 90 minute massage to an outside volunteer (not a fellow student).

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Can I complete the Therapist Training course in different locations?

Yes, you can join the modules of your training wherever the ARYM Institute teach. For example: your Practitioner Therapist (I-IV) in France and your Practitioner Diploma (V) in UK or India, etc.

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What should I bring for the training?

Depending on the venue, we are providing all or part of the necessary materials. We email all the participants to let them know what to bring for the course.
We always provide mattresses, bedsheets, booklet, oil, essential oils, herbal powder, face cream etc. You can bring your own facial cream, body oil, and personal bedsheets and towels, if you have any special preferences. In some location we are asking you to bring your own bedsheets.
Bring comfortable clothes to give and receive massage, such as large trousers, t-shirts, shorts, etc. Yoga clothes are ok, although they may feel a bit tight and unfortunately get oily.
To receive the treatment, you need to wear underwear (stretchable underwear for men is better). Optional for female: a top tube or a large scarf or sarong to wrap your body easily and quickly in between sequences.
Bring a protective case for glasses if you wear any.
A pair of sandals (flip flop/Havaïanas).
A water bottle and a mug (if you want to prevent using disposable cups).

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What should I wear during the class?

Something loose and comfortable, cotton pants and shorts are good, a comfortable t-shirt works well. It is also good to bring a pair of socks and something warm if the weather is cold. A pair of flip-flops is also good to run around the facility.

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What is the validity of the Certificate/Diploma?

24 months from the date of completion of the course.
To maintain AYM certification, therapists must participate in refresher courses (Revalidation of Certificate of Competency) for a minimum of 21 hours every two years.This is done to ensure the quality and safety of the treatment.This may include 3 Professionalization Days or any other course at the ARYM Institute.

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What is calamus powder?

Calamus powder is made from the root of Acorus calamus, a plant widely used in ayurvedic medicine among other ingredients for its antioxidant and diuretic properties. It is also said to have mind enhancing effects and has been used in meditation practice in India for centuries.

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Where can I buy Calamus powder?

The ARYM Institute can can provide you with an excellent quality of calamus powder for Ayurvedic Yoga Massage

mailto:contact@arym.org

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In which language are the trainings are taught?

All the trainings are taught in English. In France training are taught in both English and French.
In some locations, a simultaneous translation is given to students by a professional translator (Spain, China, Taiwan…)

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There are no training courses scheduled in my area, can I request one?

Yes, you are welcome to contact us directly and we can organize one.

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Are all the materials included in the course fees?

Yes

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