ABHYANGA (self-oil massage)
“The hand contains all healing qualities; gentle touch brings wholeness” - Rig Veda
Abhyanga is the Sanskrit word for Ayurveda massage. Self-oil massage has many important benefits to the health of the body and the mind. It is usually practiced in the morning as part of healthy daily routine. The benefits of Abhyanga are related to the oil properties and the physical touch.
- Stimulates lymphatic system and Improves immune system function
- Relieves fatigue and stress from work and overall life
- Nourishes the skin, prevents dehydration and strengthens nervous system
- Stabilizes the mind
- Calms and relaxes the mind and body. Reduces insomnia
- Reduces injuries to the body by keeping muscles and joints fluid
- Helps build Ojas (vital energy)
- Improves self-esteem and self-love
The oils that are used for self-oil massage are based on the dosha that a person is trying to manage or reduce. Each of the oils selected below have special properties that help bring the dosha back into balance and in doing so restores and renews the body-mind.
VATA = Sesame, Almond
PITTA = Coconut, Sunflower
KAPHA = Safflower, Mustard
1. Place dosha specific cold-processed, organic oil into an 8oz glass bottle.
2. Boil a pan of water. Remove pan from heat and place 8oz glass bottle in hot water to warm oil. A baby bottle warmer works great too!
3. Use warm oil for massage.
There is not a systematic order to massage the body. However, it can be helpful to follow the following guidelines:
VATA = Use a larger amounts of oil and massage from head to feet.
PITTA = Use smaller amount of oil and massage from head to feet.
KAPHA = Use a smaller amount of oil and massage from feet to head.
Do this practice daily and notice how the benefits listed above can improve your quality of life allowing you to come home to your vibrant self!!