"Touch begins on the physical level, but it can go much deeper,
traversing the media of thoughts, feelings, and emotions"
- Vasant Lad
Abhyanga massage is an ayurvedic massage using warm medicated oils.
It is blissful.
I recommend treating yourself to an abhyanga self-massage at least once a week.
Self massage is a beautiful healing modality, stimulating circulation and lymphatics to release toxins and improve energy levels. Your immune system will be boosted and your nervous system rebalanced, so that stiffness and fatigue can melt away.
It's the ultimate in self-care.
Which oil should I use?
Sensual and euphoric
Relax and restore
Relieve stress or anxiety
Strengthen and ground
Hydrate and nourish
Sweet and sensual
Soothe and calm
Clarity and joy
Improve elasticity and tone
Citrusy and uplifting
Increase energy and lightness
Clear stagnant energy
Motivate and elevate
Radiance and positivity
Choose the oil that best suits the needs of your body and soul.
Prepare a warm, peaceful place. Light candles, put on your favourite chill-out playlist, light incense or burn oils.
Place the oil in a bowl of hot water to warm.
Massage warm oil into your face and scalp with your fingertips. Use a smooth circular motion around your eyes, temples and cheek bones. Be gentle around the delicate eye area. Pay attention to your ear lobes, temples, the backs of your ears and neck.
Starting at your feet, massage your whole body, using long smooth strokes towards your heart. Use circular movements around the joints.
Continue in the same way from your fingers up through each arm. Use smooth, deep, anti-clockwise strokes on your belly.
Massage for 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy a warm shower or bath. This allows the oil to absorb further into the pores and reach the deeper layers of the skin. Dry yourself gently.
The benefits of abhyanga self-massage are seemingly endless
reduces stress & calms nerves
increases oxytocin and seratonin levels
boosts immunity encouraging healing
boosts lymphatics and detoxifies
encourages deeper sleep
strengthens the organ systems
nourishes and softens the skin
releases blocked energy
balances your constitution
enhances hair growth