What is Abhyanga? Learn more about Abhyanga self-massage

abhyanga self massage

Last week you had the full schedule. Meetings, events, projects. You mapped out your whole calendar to be sure it all fits. Every. Single. Day. You get slammed at work, have to pick up the kids, mow the lawn, get your car in the shop and go to your best friend’s birthday party because there’s always something to do and so little time. While it may seem impossible to become less stressed, it’s totally possible.We know that it’s vital that you take the time to slow down and enjoy yourself while also de-stressing your hectic life. Give yourself a little bit of luxury and relaxation. Go to the bathroom. Close the door. Light aromatic candles and turn on quiet music. Undress and breath. Slowly. No rush. Take your favorite essential oils and do Abhyanga massage. Because you deserve it. Because how you feel affects your whole environment.

What is Abhyanga ?

Abhyanga is an ancient Indian Ayurvedic oil massage therapy. It is the best way to healing and detoxifying Body, Mind and Spirit. This ayurvedic detox and stress reduction therapy is performed by herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type. A variety of Ayurvedic techniques is applied to work along the energy channels of your body. Lymphatic stimulation with ayurvedic herbal oils helps squeeze out toxic accumulation from channels. So it is DETOXIFYING massage. Warm oil is the best remedy for Vata which is governing energy for healthy body and mind. Abhyanga oil massage initiates deep healing within cells. Consequently, it is one of the most popular therapy in Ayurveda Body work treatments.

The ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed in the morning, before your bath or shower.

Abhyanga massage is a type of massage therapy which is used by practitioners of Ayurveda. There are several types.

  • Abhyanga – Ayurvedic whole body massage
  • Siro Abhyanga – Ayurvedic head, neck and shoulder massage
  • Prista Abhyanga – Ayurvedic back massage
  • Pada Abhyanga – Ayurvedic leg massage

The massage involves liberally covering the client in the oil and then using smooth, gentle movements to rub the oil deeply into the body. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that people receive such a massage every day to keep the body balanced, healthy, and focused. According to the principles of Ayurveda, everyone has a specific body type known as a dosha.

Types of doshas in Ayurveda

There are three doshas: pitta, Kapha, and Vata, and everyone has a specific balance of doshas. The idea of specific body types appears in many Eastern healing techniques. It requires practitioners to be extremely flexible because they must be able to formulate treatments on an individual basis for their clients. In Abhyanga massage, your dosha determines what kind of oil should be used, and what sort of ingredients should be added.

Best oils for Ayurvedic massage:

The Ayurvedic Oils Best for Vata are:

Sesame Oil: It is a ‘king of oils’ and is a preferred choice for being inherently warm.
Almond Oil owes its benefits to the generous amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium, proteins, and zinc.
Mahanarayan Oil. This oil is used and beneficial for the movement of the joints. And if you follow it by a warm bath with 1/3 cup of baking soda and ginger powder, the effect of Abhyanga will enhance.

Ayurvedic Oils Best for Pitta are:

  • Bhringraj Oil
  •  Brahmi Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Neem Oil

Ayurvedic Oils Best for Pitta is herbal oils.



The Benefits of Ayurveda Self- massage:

  • Nourishes the entire body. Ayurveda self-massage decreases the effects of aging.
  • Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  • Lubricates the joints
  • Increases circulation
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body
  • Assists in elimination of impurities from the body
  • Moves the lymph, aiding in detoxification
  • Abhyanga self-massage increases stamina.
  • Calms the nerves
  • Benefits sleep. AfterAbhyanga self-massage you will be sleeping  better and deeper.
  • Enhances vision
  • Your hair will grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy
  • your skin will be Softens and smoothens. Abhyanga self-massage reduce wrinkles.
  • Pacifies Vata and Pitta and stimulates Kapha

Read the interview about the power of Abhyanga
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November 9, 2016