Ayurvedic Massage Training

Seasonal Detox & Panchakarma Therapist Training 


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The Northwest Institute of Ayurveda offers in-person ayurvedic massage training at our center in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California.  Students take our program for personal enjoyment as well as for professional advancement. We offer three different 40-Hour ayurvedic massage immersions for those who want to learn, practice and receive Ayurvedic massage, "bliss therapies" and seasonal detox.  Take one, two or all three immersions to receive your "Ayurvedic Massage & Panchakarma Therapist" program certificate from the Institute. It takes approximately one year to complete your certificate. Upon completion of all three ayurvedic massage immersions, you will receive your "Ayurvedic Massage and Panchakarma Therapist" program certificate from the Institute.   

You Will Learn:

Ayurvedic Warm Oil Massage Intensive: 

March 1-3, & 8-10, 2019 (two 3-day weekends)

Learn the refined art of Ayurvedic warm oil massage & gentle detox methods.  Students will learn and experience complete head to toe Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage daily with hot oil, hots stones, marma points and essential oils. Each day a specific part of the body will also be learned and experienced in detail as well. Each day builds upon the day before. Students will also learn Ayurvedic full body silk glove massage.  Students will also enjoy daily Nourishing 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 at our orientation call.

Ultimate Rejuvenation Therapies Immersion: 

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

Learn Ayurveda's Ultimate Rejuvenation Therapies & gentle Ayurvedic detox methods including:   Easy Reclining Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm oil Massage), Pizichilli (“warm oil bath” – like “shirodhara” over the whole 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), Swedana (aromatic full-body herbal steam) 

Ayurveda Bliss Therapies Immersion: 

Spring 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)

Each Immersion 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).
  • Option of going through gentle SVAyurveda guided 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:

March 1-3 & 8-10, 2019

[Includes Online Orientation Call:  February 19, 2019 (6:30-8pm)]

Deadline: 2/19/19

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)


$799 (your 1st immersion), $749 (your subsequent immersions)


"Ayurveda Massage & Panchakarma Therapist" program certificate of completion will be awarded by the Institute upon completion of all three immersions.

Early Enrollment Encouraged!

We take a maximum of 7-8 students depending up the immersion. Students are highly encouraged to register early to save their spot.



"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." Sarah Fivgas Ayurvedic Massage  Immersion

"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." ~ Anne Hoffweber, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurveda Life Mastery & Ayurvedic Practitioner Program Graduate, Founder of Lunar Shakti Healing

"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!" ~Karena Gore

"The Ayurvedic Practitioner Program has provided me with many valuable skills that I use both in my personal and work life.  After completing the 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."  ~  Lisa Hoyt FNP, Ayurvedic Practitoner, Ayurvedic Living Program & Ayurvedic Practitioner Program 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!" ~ Selena Rowan (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!" ~ Jessica Lovelady  

"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." ~ Anne Hoffweber