To ensure the best possible service and clinical outcomes, we insist upon a full consultation before therapy sessions are undertaken. Your initial 90 minute consultation will entail a detailed mind-body assessment in the comfort of your own home with a fully qualified and insured Ayurvedic Therapist who is also an experienced UK registered Mental Health Professional.

Your consultation will entail:

  • Questions and discussion focused on your well-being 
  • Use of a validated Ayurvedic symptom scale for mental health
  • Traditional Ayurvedic assessment using pulse and tongue analysis
  • Individual analysis of your own unique mind-body constitution
  • Creation of a personally tailored self-care and therapy programme (a copy will be sent in writing)

Your personally tailored self-care programme will include suggestions on:

  • Ayurvedic mind-body detox 
  • Ayurvedic lifestyle for mental health & well-being (e.g. diet, nutrition, exercise and sleep)

 

Consultation (90 minutes): £65

Consultation (90 minutes) and Therapy Session (90 minutes) (usual price £135 - 10% discount): £121.50

 

London areas covered include most locations within zones 1-6. All bookings are made using our online booking system

Following your consultation we encourage a full, personally tailored, programme of therapies. Your full programme will include three or six 90 minute sessions in the comfort of your own home. At the end of each (weekly) session you will be given simple assignments designed to empower your achievement of mental health and wellbeing through Ayurvedic principles.   

Your personally tailored therapy programme will usually include:

  • Ayurvedic Head Massage (using personally selected herb infused oils) (Shiroabhyanga)
  • Shirodhara (a steady stream of warm oil gently poured in a rhythmical movement over the forehead) 
  • Manasa Ayurveda Life-Style discussion (Sattvavajaya)
  • Herbal Head-Packs (using herbs, fresh flowers and other natural ingredients to naturally cool and soothe the mind) (Shirolepa)
  • Herbal Infusions (herbal teas personally blended for you using selected herbs based on Ayurvedic principles) (Phanta)
  • Meditation Training (using a suitable subject personally selected for your mental health and well-being) (Samatha-Vippasana)
  • Ayurvedic Incense/Essential Oils  (or personally selected aromatic incense or essential oils for healing the mind) (Dhupa)
  • Mudra Therapy (using the healing power in ones own hands to balance the elements in body and mind) (Hastamudrachikitsa
  • Marma Therapy (treatment of Marma points (energy points) connected with the mind using massage therapy) (Shiromarmacikitsa)

 3 Session Therapy Programme (3 x 90 minutes) (usual price: £210 - 10% discount)£189

6 Session Therapy Programme (6 x 90 minutes) (usual price: £420 20% discount): £336


We understand that you may prefer a stand-alone session before completing your full programme. Following consultation, 90 minute stand-alone home-based sessions usually include: 

  • Ayurvedic Head Massage (using personally selected herb infused oils) (Shiroabhyanga)
  • Marma Therapy (treatment of Marma points (energy points) connected with the mind using massage therapy) (Shiromarmacikitsa)
  • Manasa Ayurveda Life-Style discussion (Sattvavajaya)

Therapy Session (90 minutes): £70

Consultation (90 minutes) and Therapy Session (90 minutes) (usual price £135 - 10% discount): £121.50

Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth…
— The Buddha

Matthew Aldridge - London-Based Manasa Ayurveda Therapist

BSc(Hons) THORN BA(Hons) DipHE RMN Dip.Ayu.

Matt first began to learn about Ayurveda in 1998 during his first six months in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. He is now a fully qualified Ayurvedic Therapist and maintains regular contact with colleagues in Sri Lanka at the Manasa Ayurveda Hospital and the Nagananda Buddhist Ayurvedic (Teaching) Hospital. He has more than a decade's experience in Buddhist meditation and his work on Buddhism, mindfulness and mental health has been peer reviewed and published internationally. Matt has full personal indemnity insurance as well as UK registration as a Mental Health professional (RMN). To book your consultation click here

Publications: 

Aldridge, M.A. (2015) Modelling Mindful Practice Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives 16(3):312-321

Aldridge, M.A. (2012) Addressing Non-Adherence to Antipsychotic Medication: A Harm Reduction Approach Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 19(1):85-96

Aldridge, M.A. (2011) Psychosis and the Three Refuges Middle Way: Journal of the Buddhist Society 86(3):225-230

Aldridge, M.A. (2008) Psychosis from the Inside (pp. 74-79), In, Clarke, I. Madness Mystery and the Survival of God O-Books Winchester, Washington. 

We seek to evaluate and build a scientific evidence-base for our Manasa Ayurveda therapy programme. Measuring clinical outcomes will help demonstrate that our approach really works. Through measuring clinical outcomes we can also compare our service with mainstream clinical interventions for mental health and well-being. 

CORE-OM Scores

Evidence of Reliable Change - reduction in psychological global distress in a 2017 Manasa Ayurveda client

The CORE-OM is a scientifically validated self-report questionnaire used nationwide in the UK. It was designed to measure change in the mental health of adults in the context of psychotherapy service delivery. Its adoption within Manasa Ayurveda forms part of our service evaluation process and adds a contemporary scientific orientation to the evaluation of our therapy service. 

Reliable change, as measured by the CORE-OM, is change that exceeds that which might be expected by chance alone or measurement error. It is represented by a change of 5 or more in the clinical score. As seen in the line graph here, which shows CORE-OM results from one recent case example, we can use this tool to show evidence of reliable change resulting from our therapy programme using this measure.   

Both at the very start of the initial assessment, at the end of the programme, and at a 3 months following the end of the programme, we ask clients to kindly complete the CORE-OM self-report questionnaire. In this way, we can scientifically demonstrate reliable and/or clinically significant change associated with our approach according to measures currently used nationally within UK mental health services.