Ayurvedic Massage Training

The Northwest Institute of Ayurveda offers in-person ayurvedic massage training at our center in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California.  Students take our immersions for personal enjoyment as well as for professional enhancement. We offer three different 40-hour ayurvedic massage immersions for those who want to learn and receive Ayurvedic massage, "bliss therapies" and seasonal detox.  Take one, two or all three immersions to expand your hands-on Ayurveda healing toolchest and experience the profound nurturing and transformation which Ayurvedic massage therapies provide.



"I feel I walked away with so much more than I anticipated through this experience . Not only did we learn how to administer treatments but the experience provided some very transformative healing for me. And I know that was also in part to the other wonderful participates , thank you to you all too ! ♥️ I'm looking forward to sharing more with others in our community." S.F. Ayurvedic Massage  Immersion

"I have currently been using my ayurvedic massage training on the elderly and they respond very well to it. I have been getting more requests and referrals and now have regular weekly elderly patients that I visit at their homes and the benefits they receive ...is far more than I could have hoped for. I absolutely love doing this and want to keep improving myself in this direction as well. " 

"To say that the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda has transformed my life would be an understatement.  I came to Ayurveda broken, fragile and scared. I emerged happy, healthy and confident. From the bottom of my heart, I highly recommend all of the NIA programs." ~ A.H., Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurveda Life Mastery & Ayurveda Herbalist trainings Graduate

"Thank you for teaching this Ayurvedic Self-Care Immersion . I am so happy to have the tools to create a healthy life for myself and my family. The information I received is invaluable. I will definitely recommend this class to my friends"

"I am so happy to have the tools to create nutritious meals for my family.  The information I received is invaluable.  I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Thank you!" ~K.G.

"The Ayurveda Herbalist trainings has provided me with many valuable skills that I use both in my personal and work life.  After completing the Ayurveda Life Mastery and Ayurvedic Practitioner Program, I developed the confidence to launch an Integrative Health Program at my work place. I now offer holistic consults, and prepare personal ayurvedic herbal formulas for to my patients. I have an active practice in medicine as a Nurse Practitioner in a Community Health Center and am required to see 16-20 patients per day addressing simple and complex health problems. I have studied many alternative health modalities over the years, but my knowledge of Ayurveda has allowed me to identify and treat the dosha out of balance and look more deeply at the root issues. The program gave me a plethora of practical knowledge that I continue to utilize in my practice."  ~  L.H., Ayurvedic Practitoner,  Ayurveda Life Mastery (formerly Ayurvedic Living Program) & Ayurveda Herbalist trainings Graduate, Arcata, CA 

"Don't miss out on an opportunity to spend time with Traci while she immerses you in Ayurvedic lifestyle medicine, her specialty and my favorite aspect of the Ayurvedic canon. Love you Traci!" ~ S.R. (Ayurvedic Self-Care Immersion & Ayurveda Life Mastery)

"Thank you for offering this class. I am so excited to get this glimpse into this beautiful system. I feel this body of knowledge to be what I have been searching for. Thank you so much!" ~ J.L. 

"I could write a novel about everything I learned in the Ayurveda Life Mastery. The love, support and intimate experience that I had in all of the NIA programs would be impossible to get in larger schools." ~ A.H.

Massage Immersions Offered:

Ultimate Rejuvenation Therapies Immersion

October 9-13, 2019 (5-day immersion)

Learn Ayurveda's "Ultimate Rejuvenation Therapies" including:  Easy Reclining Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm oil Massage), Pizichilli (“warm oil bath” – like “shirodhara” but over your entire body), Pinda Swedana (herbal bolus massage – 2 Types will be experienced:  one for pain and tension relief, another for tonifying the immune system “ojas”), Nourishing Body Bastis (nourishing & strengthening therapies for the mind, heart, joints, and glands using special medicated oils),  Nasya & Karna Purna (Nourishing Sinus & Ear Therapies)

Ayurveda Bliss Therapies Immersion: 

FALL 2020

Learn  "Ayurveda Bliss Therapies" & gentle Ayurvedic detox methods including:  Easy Laying Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm oil Massage), Shirodhara (warm oil over forehead, deep relaxation & hair therapy), Swedana (aromatic full-body herbal steam),  Eye Basti (nourishing & lubricating therapy for the eyes using warm liquefied ghee), Nasya & Karna Purna (Nourishing Sinus & Ear Therapies)

Ayurvedic Warm Oil Massage Intensive: 


Learn the refined art of Ayurvedic warm oil massage & gentle detox methods.  Students will learn and experience the complete detailed Ayurvedic Abhyanga warm oil massage daily.  Students will also learn and practice ayurvedic hot stone massage, SVAyurveda marma point therapy, garshana exfoliating silk glove massage, and learn to incorporate essential oils Ayurvedically into their massage practice in a safe and effective way.  Each day builds upon the day before.   Students will also enjoy daily nourishing ayurvedic sinus & ear therapies ( Nasya & Karna Purna).  Body mechanics for body workers will also be covered.  An optional group detox is included as well which will be covered on our orientation call.


Each Immersion/Intensive Includes:

  • Daily Practice & Receiving of warm oil massage & special therapies which vary according to each immersion.
  • Daily Ayurvedic Lunch and Dinner Provided with Ayurvedic cooking lesson provided the first day (recipes provided).
  • Optional gentle guided SVAyurveda group detox (recipes and protocols will be provided)
  • Learn to prepare & perform bastis (herbal enemas) at home and these are totally optional
  • Discuss issues related to doing Panchakarma Ayurvedic detox  and program design
  • Deepen Your Comfort & Confidence in giving Ayurvedic Massage & Detox Therapies
  • Discuss Ayurvedic Massage Equipment Suppliers


Orientation Call (program overview and self-detox details and discussion) & call recording

Downloadable Easy Ayurveda Detox PDF hand-outs and recipes.

Those who wish to go through gentle PK detox during class have the option of doing so under professional guidance and experienced supervision.

Upcoming Immersion Dates:

October 9-13, 2019

Deadline & Orientation Call:  September 30, 2019 (6:30-8pm)

Times: 9am-5pm (except 1st day of program starts 8am, last day ends at 6pm)

Meals: fresh delicious ayurvedic lunch served daily 12-1pm (left overs provided for dinner)


(Per 5-Day Immersion)

$749 Bundle by Earlybird deadline: 9/15/19 (see below)

$849 by Earlybird deadline: 9/15/19 Early Bird!

$799 Bundle by deadline: 5pm 9/30/19

$899 by deadline: 5pm, 9/30/19


Take an Additional $100 OFF 

when you buy Ayurvedic Massage Immersion + all 3 Aromatherapy Immersions


Students will receive an "Ayurveda Massage Training" program certificate of completion from the Institute upon completion of each immersion which will contain the name of the specific immersion completed as well.

Enrollment Limited to 8!

Early Enrollment Strongly Encouraged

Register Below: