How to do Ayurvedic massage?
The purpose of Ayurvedic daily oil massage – also called abhyanga – as part of the daily routine is to balance the nervous system, prevent physiological imbalances and to lubricate and promote flexibility of the muscles, tissues, and joints. The classical texts of Ayurveda also indicate that daily massage promotes softness, youthfulness and luster of the skin, and placing oil in your ears and nose can help support upper respiratory immunity. There are at least 1000 sensory neurons per every square centimeter of your skin – meaning that if you were to massage your arm, you would be affecting and soothing at least 1 million sensory neurons! (1) The following are some simple instructions to assist you in learning how to perform abhyanga. Enjoy!
Choose Your Oil
Unless specific oil has been recommended for you, use sesame oil, or learn more about LifeSpa’s herbalized massage oils. If you find sesame oil unsuitable in some way, you may also try olive oil or coconut oil. Ayurvedic oils are unique as they have certain herbs cooked into them, allowing the oil and the herbs to better penetrate the skin and deliver a more therapeutic massage.
Create A Calm Environment
Before you start your Ayurvedic self-massage, take a moment to quiet your mind. Start the massage with awareness, giving your full attention to each stroke. The more attention, love and awareness you deliver with each stroke, the more powerful the results. The science suggests that the more sincere each stroke of the massage, the more oxytocin is produced. (2-5) Oxytocin is linked to optimal health, longevity and happiness. (5, 6) Not a bad return on investment! Give yourself a little love and get a lot of bliss.