AYURVEDA: Massage Recommended
With massage we are working our hands on the body, manipulating muscles and skin. And we are also working with these energies; there is an interaction between giver and receiver.
When giving a massage, you need to be aware of this, and focus on giving loving, caring energy to your partner. Be careful to keep the person’s Dosha in mind, and his or her preferences in relation to pressure and temperature. Think good thoughts, and keep your vibrational level high. Massage is a service, and it should be offered to your partner as a heartfelt gift. Breathe deeply. After the massage, it is a good idea to restore your energy by relaxing yourself a little bit.
The receiver needs to just relax and give in to the experience. Allow the body to surrender and not resist. Close your eyes, find a place of peace, and enjoy.
The Sanskrit word for oil is “snigdha.” Sanskrit has many layers of meaning, and translated, snigdha means oil, fat and also, love! Oil creates smoothness, lubrication, and vigor. It is nourishing, like love. When we use oil in a massage, we are taking care of ourselves, and coating ourselves with love. The opposite of oily is dry, or “ruksha.” Dryness creates dehydration. Dry weather aggravates vata, and causes dry skin. Fear, nervousness, anxiety and loneliness are also dry. Love is the antidote! So to balance ruksha, coat the skin with oil, or love. Then take a warm shower after the application of oil, and the skin, kidneys and colon are also nourished.
Balancing massage oil for every DOSHA:
- Vata – Sesame, Almond, Castor
- Pitta – Coconut, Sunflower
- Kapha – Olive, Corn, Mustard
P.S. to your eternal Health & Happiness