Abhyanga is one of the most popular therapies for the preservation of health described in AYURVEDA. Abhyanga Massage is a self massage which is good for keeping all the Doshas in balance, relieving fatigue and increasing stamina. It helps moisturize the skin, helps to release toxins, and also helps to tone the muscles. According to Ayurveda all people who are Healthy (Swastha) and those who wish to have good health and long life span should have Abhyanga regularly.
Abhyanga treatment is the best way to control and balance Vata in the body. Vata is the predominant entity in the sense of touch and skin is the organ of touch. It pacifies Vata and harmonizes Pitta. For persons suffering from a disorder caused by Vata, massage is very important.
Abhyanga can be applied using a variety of oils, depending on the constitution of the individual, their current state of imbalance, the season, and the climate.
Sesame oil is usually recommended in general and is very good for Vatas. Almond oil is also good for Vata. Coconut and sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn & olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha.
The massage can be done in the morning before your shower, or in the evening before bed. Start by warming the oil to skin temperature, and drizzle a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands. Massage the top of your scalp (on days when you wash your hair), pay particular attention to the circumference of your ears, and the soles of your feet. Massage with long strokes on your limbs, and round strokes on your joints. It’s best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm shower or bath.
Each day may require a different method. You can play around with these techniques and find which one is most beneficial for your needs. No matter the method, we recommend incorporating Abhyanga into the day/night routine 4-7 days each week.
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