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Ayurvedic Bodywork Training Shirodhara and Marma-Balancing Treatment

For bodyworkers (see note below). CE credits.

Learn Ayurvedic theory as applied to bodywork, including the five elements and three doshas, or constitutions. Under the guidance of Hilary Garivaltis, founder and former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, this training includes

  • Shirodhara, a treatment using warm oil poured rhythmically on the forehead
  • Marma balancing, a full-body treatment that focuses on vital energy points and pathways to create balance and rejuvenation
  • Ceremony and mantra, or sacred sound, to establish a calm and healing environment.

Note Oils are used in hands-on practice, so casual clothing is recommended. Old bathing suits or undergarments may be useful. We highly recommend receiving a Shirodhara treatment from our Healing Arts Department while you are here. Please book in advance of your arrival, and tell your Healing Arts reservationist that you are part of this training. This course is designed for bodyworkers and is eligible for CE credits through NAMA; others should direct inquiries to Hilary at hgarivaltis@hotmail.com.

NAMA CE Credits 18 credits for Ayurvedic Health Counselors and 25 credits for Ayurvedic Practitioners.

Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
Suitable For
Program Theme
Massage and Body Work


Hilary Garivaltis, executive director of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, is Founder and former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and the principal founder of Ayurvedic Health Education Services, LLC.

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