Manasa Ayurveda Therapist: Matthew Aldridge  BSc (Hons) THORN BA (Hons) DipHE RMN Dip Ayu.

Manasa Ayurveda Therapist: Matthew Aldridge BSc (Hons) THORN BA (Hons) DipHE RMN Dip Ayu.

Manasa Ayurveda offers both online and face-to-face comprehensive personal consultations with our therapist, Matthew Aldridge BSc (Hons) THORN BA (Hons) DipHE RMN Dip Ayu.

Matthew is a specialist in Ayurveda for the mind, mental health and wellbeing and has professional qualifications in mental health and Ayurveda from both the UK and Sri Lanka, with over 15 years experience in the field of mental health.

Through personal consultation you will be provided with a complete assessment of your physical, mental and emotional situation, and will be given recommendations for improving and restoring your best possible health and wellbeing.

Following your consultation, you will be emailed a written report on your personal:

  • Prakruti - body constitution
  • Carita (character) type
  • Diet, physical activity and sleep
  • Agnibala – digestive function
  • Smriti – memory and mindfulness
  • Vikruti – current imbalances

On the basis of your personal analysis, your full report will also include advice on:

  • Your optimal diet and nutrition, exercise and sleep
  • Personally recommended methods for training and developing the mind 
  • How to improve your personal digestive function for better health
  • Tailored methods for improving your memory and mindfulness  
  • Natural remedies and tailor-made treatments for the mind and body

Personal Consultation - Online

Our online personal consultation service consists of the following:

  1. Completion of our Mind-Body Assessment Form: You will be provided with a password to access our online Mind-Body Assessment Form. This consists of multiple-choice questions and gives space for you to describe any problems you might have. Once submitted, this form is emailed directly to a Manasa Ayurveda therapist for analysis.
  2. Analysis of your completed Mind-Body Assessment Form by a Manasa Ayurveda therapist: You will book a time convenient for both of you to talk, and your therapist will call you at the time you book for your 30 minute consultation. During the call, your therapist will discuss the findings of the analysis and if necessary, ask further questions.
  3. Once your online consultation is complete, your personal report will be written and sent by mail to the address of your choice. 

Online Consultation (30 minutes): £50

All bookings are made using our online booking system

Personal Consultation - Face-to-Face

Our face-to-face personal consultation service consists of the following:

  1. Completion of our Mind-Body Assessment Form (as above).
  2. A 90 min meeting in person with our Manasa Ayurveda therapist to discuss your current concerns in detail and to do:
  • Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis
  • Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis
  • Prakruti (body constitution) assessment
  • Carita (character) type assessment

Once your online consultation is complete, your personal report will be written and sent by mail to the address of your choice or given to you in person and discussed at your therapy session.

Face-to-Face Consultation (90 minutes): £75

Face-to-Face Consultation (90 minutes) and Therapy Session (90 minutes) (usual price £145 - 10% discount): £121.50

 

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

Therapy Programme

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 counselling (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)
  • 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 counselling (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

Our Main Therapies & Interventions

YUKTHIVYAPĀSRAYA (LOGIC-BASED PHYSIO-PHARMACOLOGICAL THERAPIES)

  • Murdha taila (methods of oil application to the head)
  • Bahya Snehana (external oleation therapy e.g. massages)
  • Samśodhana (wholesome cleaning/elimination therapies) 
  • Nasya/sirovirecana (nasal insufflation/drops)
  • Shirodhara (flow of warm oil or herbalised liquids to the head)
  • Shiropicu (compress to the head)
  • Thalapothichil (Shirolepa) (herbal head pack)
  • Karnapurana (filling the ears with oil) 
  • Dhupa/dhupana (herbal fumigation)
  • Svedavidhi (sudation therapies)   
  • Avagaha (Ayurvedic herbal bath) 
  • Auṣadha (personally selected herbs for healing the mind)
  • Meḍhyā rasāyanas (herbal teas and infusions and capsules)
  • Taila (Ayurvedic oils)

SĪLA (BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIES)

  • Āhāra (Ayurvedic diet)
  • Ayayama (Ayurvedic exercise regime)
  • Nidrā (Ayurvedic sleep hygiene)
  • Indriyās (Therapy for the senses/elements of sensory perception)
  • Ācāra (Conduct and behavioural change)
  • Daivavyapāsraya (spiritual therapies)

SAMATHA-SAMĀDHI (MENTAL THERAPIES)

  • Brahmavihāras (subjects selected for personalised meditation training) 
  • Kasinas (objects selected for personal meditation training)

VIPASSANĀ-PAÑÑĀ (COGNITIVE THERAPIES)

  • Ānāpānasati (breath mindfulness)Smṛti (mindfulness) training
  • Trilakṣaṇa (therapeutic focus on the three marks of existence)
  • Smṛti (mindfulness) training

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.