These are qualified Ayurvedic Therapists working in the capacity as assistants to full Ayurvedic practising members, or as Ayurvedic Massage Therapist, or Ayurvedic dietitian or Wellness Counsellors or if qualified in all related therapies, as a Panchakarma Therapist. A Therapist can work independently only in areas for which they are trained or alongside and under the guidance of Ayurvedic Doctors and Practitioners.
Ayurvedic Therapists will hold qualifications in Anatomy and Physiology (NVQ Level 3 or above) and have a sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, foundations of Ayurveda, basic Sanskrit language for Ayurveda understanding, essential Ayurvedic spices, Ayurvedic principles for health maintenance, Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic health maintenance focused body therapies (e.g., Abhyanga, Shirodhara).
Conditions of the Therapist Membership
Therapist membership of the APA is conditional upon producing the following written evidence:
- Completion of a full time study, which consisted of minimum of 1000 hours, 60% of which has been delivered face to face at level 5 or above.
- Graduates must produce transcripts of their assessments along with appropriate certificate. Graduates must provide the full curriculum document outlining core competencies and assessment methods from their training establishment.
- Completion of Anatomy and Physiology course at least NVQ Level 3 (certificate required).
- Therapist Members must complete at least four CPD events related to Ayurvedic Medicine from the date of joining to the next membership renewal date. (Certificates required).
- Evidence of fluency in English language.
- Evidence of current residence in the UK.
- For overseas practitioners a valid evidence of permission to live and work in the UK.
- Current UK registered professional indemnity insurance.
Therapist membership can also be granted to qualified Complementary Therapist with a special interest in providing Ayurvedic Therapies as part of their holistic practice providing they have been granted accreditation for such practices by the awarding body or recognised Ayurvedic Institution.