Training Proposal for Spas

Below is an example of what a training may look like for your spa. We design each training individually to meet your particular needs. Please inquire to learn more about what we can create together.


Course Outline

Session One: 4 hours

Introduction to Ayurveda:

  1. Define Ayurveda, its basic principles, philosophy, and healing modalities. 
  2. 5 Element Theory of Ayurveda
  3. Three Doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha - How these forces in the body affect us on a physical and emotional level.
    1. Vata (ether and air) – Taxed - Principle of movement 
    2. Pitta (fire and water) – Inflamed - Principle of heat, digestion, metabolism and transformation
    3. Kapha (water and earth) – Sluggish - Principle of lubrication and structure
  4. Energetics (hot, cold, wet, dry) 
  5. Constitutional Intake Forms – Work in pairs to determine both you and your partner’s general constitution.

Break – 15-30 minutes

  1. Strengthening skills to assess client’s general constitution 
    1. Observation 
    2. Questioning 
  2. Therapeutic lifestyle practices/suggestions and specific spa treatments recommended to balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha. 
  3. Product and herbal tea recommendations for clients.
  4. Understanding specific therapeutic touch; speed and depth, needed to balance each individual dosha. 
  5. Case studies – Working with individuals (each other) in front of the room, using group response to determine appropriate constitution, lifestyle suggestions, treatment recommendation and aromatherapy application.

Session Two: 5 hours

Overview of Abhyanga, Marmas and oils; Abhyanga practicum:

  1. Philosophies of abhyanga and Ayurvedic bodywork
  2. Marma Therapy – Theory and treatment technique for specific pressure points on hands, head, face, feet and full body.
  3. The use of specific base oils and herbalized Ayurvedic oils.
  4. Aromatherapy – Using an Ayurvedic approach. Customizing a sensory journey for Vata, Pitta and Kapha clients.

Break -- 15-30 minutes

  1. Giving and receiving abhyanga on the front side of the body.


Session Three: 3 hours

Abhyanga practicum

  1. Giving and receiving abhyanga on the back side of the body.


Session Four: 5 hours

Abhyanga practicum

  1. Evaluation and feedback: giving full body abhyanga to Kael and Sarah.

Break -- 15-30 minutes

  1. Demonstration and practice of 2-therapist abhyanga.
  2. Questions and review.


Class 1 for massage therapists, estheticians, support staff, retail experts and stylists: More focus on the use of assessment in order to recommend specific spa treatment, lifestyle practices and aromatherapy.

Classes 2 - 4 for Spa Therapists: Focus on understanding and practicing abhyanga, Ayurvedic touch, and marma therapy specific to each dosha.


All of your staff members are welcome to attend!