Ayurvedic Self Care

Abhyanga massage –

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Meaning the Ayurvedic oil massage is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by the Ayurveda for overall health andwell-being.

Give yourself a full body oil massage on a daily basis. It is nourishing, pacifies Vata and Kapha, relieves fatigue, provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep, enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin, promotes longevity and nourishes all parts of the body.

When the views expressed in the different Ayurvedic texts are put together, here are the benefits that can be expected from regular performance of this pleasant daily ritual:

  • Increased circulation, especially to nerve endingseye-care-home-remedies-castor-oil1
  • Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
  • Calming for the nerves
  • Lubrication of the joints
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Improved elimination of impurities from the body
  • Slow down the aging process
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Increased levels of stamina through the day
  • Better, deeper sleep at night

The Ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed in the morning, before your bath or shower. It recommended that you use cold-pressed Black Sesame oil, chemical free organic for best results for Vata

(The oil is available for purchase at Divine Wellbeing) And for the other Doshas other oils are recommended (see below)

Practical tips on how to give yourself a massage:

Set aside some quiet time for your massage. 5-15 minutes is enough time to massage the oil on your body (preferably before you shower)– though if you have no time, rub the oil on your skin (instead of soap) in the shower. Do this daily.

You will need:

  • Warm room: make this a comfortable and special time for yourself.rby-12-ways-to-relax-massage-oils-de
  •  Oil: sesame oil Vatas, sunflower or coconut oil for Pittas and olive or mustard oils for Kaphas.
  •  Squeeze bottle: for easy access throughout the massage fill a squeeze bottle with oil or if you prefer not to heat a plastic bottle a glass jar will also work well
  •  Hot water in a bowl or in the sink: put the squeeze bottle in the warm water and allow the oil to warm to at least body temperature
  •  Towel or mat: choose something that you don’t mind getting oily. You might want one to stand on and one to dry off with.

How to give yourself a Self-Massage (technique)

  •    Undress completely and stand on your towel or mat. You could also do this ritual in the bath tub (without water) or standing in the shower (without water)Abhy-Scalp

 

  •     Starting with a small amount of oil in your hands begin to gently rub the oil into your scalp. Massage the oil into your scalp and hair with your fingertips. If you would prefer to keep the oil out of your hair simply omit the use of oil for this part of the massage.

 

  • Vigorously work down your body from the extremAbhy-armsities inwards until the oil has been massaged into every part of your body.  From the scalp move to the hands and work your way towards the heart.

 

  • Use long strokes on your limbs and circular strokes over all your joints, chest and abdomen.

 

  • Cover every inch of skin, attuning to your bodily tissues with your hands. Spend extra time on areas that are less integrated (for some this is thighs, buttocks, breasts)

 

  • Take ample time to massage the soles of your feet as this can have a particularly relaxing and soothingAbhy-foot affect.Rinse off the oil in the shower.

 

  • Take time in the shower to allow the oil on your hands to mix with the water from the shower to massage your face and ears. Use gentle circular strokes to massage your cheeks and forehead, move out towards the ears in stroking motions around the eyes and lips.

 

  • Soap is drying to the skin, try switching to a natural oil soap instead. There are many varieties to choose from Castile oil soap is one suggestion. (Castile oil soap is also available at Divine Wellbeing in a variety of great hydrating oils)

When stimulated through therapeutic touch or massage, the skin releases a pharmacy of healing chemicals that have health-promoting effects on the physiology.

In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function.

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