Abhyanga, in Ayurvedic terms, is simply a self-massage to help drain your lymphatic fluids of toxins and improve circulation. It does not require any expensive trips to the spa, as it is to be incorporated as a part of your daily routine and not to be considered as an indulgence. It can easily be done in the privacy of your home. It is usually done from head to toe.
In Ayurveda, Sesame oil is used in winters and Coconut oil is used in summers for Abhyanga. A neutral oil for all seasons and all types would be Jojoba oil. It is especially encouraged in the Vata season, or the cold season. Some of the benefits of Abhyanga are listed below-
- Improves blood circulation energizing the body.
- Detoxifies by assisting in lymphatic drainage
- Calming and Relaxing to the mind and body
- Soft, smooth and supple skin
- Stimulates the internal organs and may assist in bowel movements
- Lubricates the joints
- Better sleep as a result of relaxed mind and body
It is highly recommended to warm the oil to be used in Abhyanga, as warm oil is better absorbed by your skin.
Start at the crown of your head and work your way down your body, in slow, controlled and firm movements. Spend an extra minute on your head, massaging your scalp with your fingertips and your face, as they are essential to help you relax and rejuvenate. Your facial skin also needs more time as it is the most exposed to external elements.
Use long upward strokes on your arms and legs, and circular motions for your stomach area. Basically, your massage movements should be towards your heart. Pay extra care to joints and feet as they are vital. The soles of our feet, also have a lot of pressure points, which correspond to different areas of the body.
Give yourself a few minutes to absorb the oil. Shower with lukewarm water and mild soap.
The oils mentioned are ideal, however you can use any body oil for this Ayurveda recommended massage. You can also use one of our Moringa body oils, as they are specifically made for body massage. They also have essential oils for an enhanced aromatherapy experience, which also has other therapeutic benefits on your mood and overall well being.
Note- It is best to avoid Abhyanga or introduce any new practices when you are pregnant, sick, or menstruating.
Try to incorporate Abhyanga bi-weekly to your routine, and notice a change in your overall health.