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

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

Online & Face-to-Face

Manasa Ayurveda offers both online and face-to-face consultations undertaken by a highly qualified Ayurvedic consultant and UK registered mental healthcare professional.

You will be provided with a complete assessment of your physical, behavioural, emotional and cognitive situation, receive recommendations for your health and wellbeing in a detailed personal report and will have access to recommended self-care resources.

Assessment will include traditional Ayurvedic as well as modern scientific evidenced-based methods to determine your:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure (BP) and Total Cholesterol (TC)

  • Agnibala – digestive function

  • Hydration & caffeine intake

  • Alcohol, tobacco and substance use

  • Physical activity & sleep

  • Smriti – memory & mindful attention

  • Brahmaviharas – the four divine abodes: positive human qualities

  • Prakruti & carita – body constitution & character type

Your personal report will outline the findings of your consultation and assessment. Based on these findings, the second part of your report will give personal recommendations and provide access to our self-care resource pack, online shop and additional sources of support.

[Note: personal consultation is included within our Holistic Wellbeing Course]

Personal Consultation - Online

Completion of our Mind-Body Assessment

This consists of multiple-choice questions and gives space for you to describe any problems you might have (the form takes around 15 minutes to complete). Once submitted, this form is emailed directly to a Manasa Ayurveda therapist for analysis.

Discussion on Assessment Findings

You will book a time convenient for yourself and your therapist to talk by phone. Your therapist will call you at the time you book. During the call (usually around 30-45 minutes), your therapist will discuss the findings of the analysis and, where helpful, ask further questions.

Personal Report

Once your online consultation is completed, your personal report will be compiled and sent by mail or given to you in person.

Online consultation: Total: £25 per session

Online consultation with supported self-care programme: Total: £70 [equivalent to: £14 per session]

UP TO 75% OFF for those on benefits or a low income

All bookings are made using our online booking system

Personal Consultation - Face-to-Face

Completion of our Mind-Body Assessment

(described above)

Discussion on Assessment Findings

(described above)

Face-to-Face Consultation

An additional 60 min meeting in person with our Manasa Ayurveda consultatnt to discuss your current concerns in detail, and to complete further clinical assessments such as:

  • Traditional Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis (nadi pariksha)

  • Traditional Ayurvedic tongue diagnosis (jihva pariksha)

  • The CORE Outcome Measure (CORE-OM)

  • National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

  • Accutrend Plus - Total cholesterol test (TC)

  • Character type (carita) assessment

Personal Report

Once your online & face-to-face consultation is complete, your personal report will be compiled and sent by mail or given to you in person.

Face-to-face consultation (30 minutes + 60 minutes): Total: £67

3 Session programme including face-to-face consultation (3 x 60 mins): Total: £178.50 [equivalent to: £59.50 per session]

 6 Session programme including face-to-face consultation (6 x 60 mins): Total: £336 [equivalent to: £56 per session]

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

NEW Holistic Wellbeing Course

8-Week Programme


How often do we meet? 2 ½ hours per week for 8 weeks (plus personal consultation - online and face-to-face)

Who is the course for? General public (over 18s)

Where is the course? This course will be at the London Buddhist Vihara

How many people on each course? 6-8


In a safe, friendly and respectful space with a small group of six to eight people, you'll learn how to look after your well-being using a personally tailored Buddhist Ayurvedic approach. 

Starting with an online consultation, and a face-to-face consultation on the first session, you'll develop well-being through physical self-care, behaviour change, meditation and mindfulness.

Session 1: Detoxing & eating well (ama pachana & ahara)

  • How to remove toxins (ama) and improve your digestive strength (agnibala)

  • How to eat well according to your own mind and body (ahara)

  • How to select and blend your own personal herbal teas (phanta kalpana)

  • How to practice mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati)

Session 2: Exercise & sleeping well (vyayama & nidra)

  • How to look after your wellbeing using exercise (vyayama)

  • How to sleep better using an Ayurvedic approach (nidra)

  • How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the feet (padaabhyanga)

Session 3: Strengthening & controlling the senses (indriyabala & indriyabhigraha)

  • How to strengthen and control your senses

  • How to practice the four foundations of mindfulness (satipatthanas)

  • How to embrace the reality of impermanence (anicca)

  • How to apply Ayurvedic nasal drops (nasya/sirovirecana)

Session 4: Taking care with actions & developing loving-kindness (sila & mettabavana)

  • How to clarify and commit to what you want your life to stand for (vrata)

  • How to act in the ways you value most - in body, speech and mind (sila)

  • How to develop loving-kindness towards self and others (mettabhavana)

  • How to practice mindfulness in everyday actions (sampajanakarin)

  • How to keep a merit book (puñña-potthaka)

  • How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the hands (hastaabhyanga)

Session 5: Developing compassion & generosity (karunabhavana & dana)

  • How to practice the perfection of giving (dana parami)

  • How to develop compassion for self and others (karunabhavana)

  • How to practice mindfulness meditation on the four body postures (iriyapatha)

  • How to apply Ayurvedic self-massage for the head (shiroabhyanga)

Session 6: Practicing mindfulness & experiencing joyfulness (ittanupassana & muditabhavana)

  • How to practice helpful activity (veyyavacca)

  • How to develop empathic joy (muditabhavana)

  • How to practice mindfulness of mental states (cittanupassana)

  • How to deal with the reality of unsatisfactoriness and suffering (dukkha)

Session 7: Developing equanimity & working with hindrances (upekkhabhavana & pancanivaranani)

  • How to develop equanimity (upekkhabhavana)

  • How to practice mindfulness of mental activity (dhammanupassana)

  • How to deal with mental obstacles and hinderances (pañcanivaranani)

  • How to embrace the reality of non-self (anatto)

  • How to apply Ayurvedic herbal oil compress for the head (shiropicu)

Session 8: Developing wisdom (paññabhavana)

  • How to practice breath-mindfulness (anapanasati)

  • How to see impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and non-self as characteristics in all our lives (anicca, dukkha & anatta)

Holistic Wellbeing Course Total: £194 (includes personal consultation): [equivalent to: £24 per session]

UP TO 50% OFF for those on benefits or a low income

All bookings are made using our online booking system

Supported Self-Care

Our supported self-care programmes usually have a focus on:

Detox (ama pachana)

Diet (ahara)

Exercise (vyayama)

Sleep (Nidra)

Our supported self-care programmes typically include:

  • Four telephone support sessions with a Manasa Ayurveda Therapist over a two-month period.

  • Self-Care Resource Pack containing useful materials (e.g. personal detox diary).

  • Use of recommended products (found in our online shop - sold on a not-for-profit basis).

Supported self-care programme with online consultation Total: £70 [equivalent to: £14 per session]

Extended support programme following consultation Total: £60 [equivalent to: £12 per session]

UP TO 75% OFF for those on benefits or a low income

All bookings are made using our online booking system

Individual Therapy

Together with your Manasa Ayurveda consultant, a personally tailored, programme of therapies can be collaboratively designed with you. Your individual therapy programme will give you more time at your own pace on a one-to-one basis.

Individual therapy programmes are delivered in the comfort of your own home in London. Your programme will typically consist of 6 one-hour therapy sessions which can combine therapies and include components also found within our group programmes as well as additional therapies not available within a group format.

3 Session Therapy Programme including consultation  (3 x 60 minutes): Total: £178.50 [equivalent to: £59.50 per session]

 6 Session Therapy Programme including consultation (6 x 60 minutes): Total: £336 [equivalent to: £56 per session]

3 Session Therapy Programme following consultation (3 x 60 minutes): Total: £175.50 [equivalent to: £58.50 per session]

6 Session Therapy Programme following consultation (6 x 60 minutes): Total: £330 [equivalent to: £55 per session]

Therapy Session following consultation (60 minutes): Total: £65 per session

All bookings are made using our online booking system

Specific therapies will be recommended for you on the basis of your personal consultation. We strongly recommend a personally tailored holistic therapy programme, but certain therapies may be booked for stand-alone 30-60 min sessions once a face-to-face consultation has been completed. Manasa Ayurveda therapies include:

Wholesome cleaning/elimination therapies (samshodhana)

  • Internal purification/cleansing (antathparomarjana)

    • Nasal insufflation/drops (nasya/sirovirecana) (30 mins - £35)

    • Enema with medicated oils (anuvasana vasti/basti)

    • Enema with medicated decoctions (niruha/asthapana vasti/basti)

    • Purgative therapy (virecana)

  • External purification/cleansing (bahiparimarjana)

    • External oleation therapy - e.g. massages (bahya snehana)

    • External retention/containment (bahya vasti/basti)

      • Basti for the lower back (kati vasti/basti) (45 mins - £35)

      • Basti around the area of neck/between shoulder blades (greeva vasti/basti) (45 mins - £35)

      • Basti around the knee area (janu vasti/basti) (45 mins - £35)

      • Basti around heart marma-point (hridaya vasti/basti) (45 mins - £35)

      • Basti around navel region (nabhi vasti/basti) (45 mins - £35)

      • Basti on the head region (shiro basti/vasti)

      • Basti around each chakra of the body (chakra basti/vasti)

      • Basti around the eye area (netra basti/vasti) (60 mins - £67)

    • Energy-point treatment (marma cikitsa) (60 mins - £67)

    • Ayurvedic powder massage (udvartana) (60 mins - £67)

    • Methods of therapeutic oil application to the head (murdha taila)

      • Ayurvedic Head Massage (shiroabhyanga) (40 mins - £35)

      • Shirodhara (a steady stream of warm oil gently poured in a rhythmical movement over the forehead) (60 mins £72)

      • Therapeutic herbal oil compress for the head (shiropicu) (30 mins - £35)

    • Herbal head-packs (shirolepa/thalapothichil) (30 mins - £35)

    • Filling of the ears with warmed oil (karnapurana) (30 mins - £35)

    • Warmed ghee treatment for the eyes (akshi tarpana) (30 mins - £35)

    • Inhalation - of essential oil infused vapour (dhuma/navana)

    • Fumigation - e.g. using incense or essential oils (dhupa/dhupana)

    • Sudation therapy/sweat inducing therapy (svedavidhi)

      • Herbal-rice bolus massage (pinda sveda) (30 mins - £35)

      • Herbal decoction/oil poured over the body (seka/pariseka, e.g. shirodhara)

      • Ayurvedic herbal bath (avagaha)

  • Surgical methods (sastra pranidhana)

    • Blood letting - giving blood (raktamoksha) [not practiced by Manasa Ayurveda]

Wholesome soothing/alleviation therapy (samshamana)

  • Therapeutic substances (ausadha) e.g. for mind rejuvenation (medhya rasayanas)

    • Powders (curna)

    • Expressed juices (swarasa)

    • Pastes (avaleha/kalka)

    • Decoctions (kwatha)

    • Cold infusions (hima kalpana)

    • Hot infusions (phanta kalpana)

    • Oils (taila)

    • Ghee (ghrta)

Life-style counselling (sattvavajaya)

  • Diet advice for eating well according to your own mind and body (ahara)

    • Personal diet suggestions

    • Ayurvedic Recipes

      • Smoothies

      • Herbal teas

  • Ayurvedic exercise regime for wellbeing (vyayama)

    • Breath control (pranayama)

      • Breath of fire (bhastrika)

      • Humming breath (bhramari)

      • Cleansing breath exercise (kapalabhati)

      • Alternate nostril breathing (nadhi shodhana)

      • Controlled deep breathing exercise (sama ortti)

      • Cooling breath (shitali pranayama)

  • Ayurvedic sleep hygiene (nidra)

  • Therapy for the senses/elements of sensory perception (Indriyas)

  • Conduct and behavioural change (acara)

Spiritual therapies (daivavyapasraya)

  • Ten meritorious deeds (dasapunna)

    • Giving generously (dana)

    • Living ethically (sila)

    • Meditative development (bhavana)

    • Being respectful (apacayana)

    • Helpful activity (veyyavacca)

    • Sharing the good fruit of one’s actions (anumodana)

    • Rejoicing in others merits (pattanumodana)

    • Teaching Dhamma (Dhammadesana)

    • Listening to Dhamma (Dhammassavana)

    • Straightening out one’s views (ditthijju-kamma)

  • Talismans containing potent hymns and anti-toxic herbs (ausadhi)

  • Repetition of mantras or incantations (japa)

  • Fasting (upvasa)

  • Wearing of gems and stones; e.g. related to a particular planet (mani)

Mental therapies (samatha-samadhi)

  • Breath mindfulness (anapanasati)

  • Brahmaviharas (subjects selected for personal meditation training)

    • Loving-kindness (metta/maitri)

    • Compassion (karuna)

    • Empathetic joy (mudita)

    • Equanimity (upekkha/upeksha)

  • Kasinas (objects selected for personal meditation training)

    • Air Kasina

    • Blue Kasina

    • Earth Kasina

    • Fire Kasina

    • Red Kasina

    • Space Kasina

    • Water Kasina

    • White Kasina

    • Yellow Kasina

  • Gazing mediation (trataka)

  • Lothesomeness meditation (asuba bhavana)

Cognitive therapies (vipassana-panna)

  • Breath mindfulness (anapanasati)

  • Mindfulness training (smrti)

    • Body awareness (kayanupassana)

    • Sensations/feelings awareness (vedananupassana)

    • Mind awareness (cittanupassana)

    • Mental contents and processes awareness (dhammanupassana)

  • Therapeutic focus on the three marks of existence (trilakshana)

    • Impermance (anicca)

    • Unsatisfactoriness/suffering (dukkha)

    • Essencelessness/non-self (anatta)

Additional Sources of Support

GP Practices

If you request, we can provide a summary report of your assessment outcomes for your GP clinical records. If you are not already registered with a GP practice, or would like to change your GP, you have the legal right to choose a GP practice that best suits your needs. You can compare GP practices according to facilities, services, access and performance before you decide. Ask friends, relatives and others you trust for their thoughts and recommendations. Information on how to register with a GP practice is available on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk

Smoking cessation

If you or anyone you know would like to stop smoking there are free smoking cessation services within the NHS.

Mental health crisis

A mental health crisis can mean different things to different people. In a mental health crisis, you might feel so distressed that you want to harm yourself or someone else. You might hear unpleasant voices, or feel that people are watching you or trying to hurt you. At such times it can help to tell someone you trust, maybe a family member or a friend. They can be with you and help you decide what to do. They can also contact services on your behalf.

For urgent help:

Call 111 to speak to the free NHS helpline for anyone with an urgent healthcare need. Tell them if you need a translator. They can:

  • give you self-care advice

  • connect you to a nurse or GP

  • book you a face-to-face appointment

  • send an ambulance, if necessary

  • direct you to the local service that can help you best

  • If you are with someone who has attempted suicide, call 999 and stay with them until the ambulance arrives.

For less urgent help:

  • Speak to your GP. They can put you in touch with local services.

  • Contact the Samaritans - Call for free: 116 123 (24 hours a day) email: jo@samaritans.org

London and national contacts (numbers beginning 0800 and 0808 are free to call from landlines and mobiles. 0300 numbers are local rate)