Abhyanga is the massage that’s done with warm oil. The oil is applied on the entire body, from the scalp to the soles of your feet. It’s the most popular massage in Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine from India. Ayurveda focuses on maintaining health through natural practices like massage and what you eat. The oil is the central component of this practice. When combined with massage strokes, it’s thought to promote overall health and wellness.
Ayurveda advices to perform abhyanga as a daily routine. Abhyanga is typically performed by a massage therapist. But it’s also possible to do an abhyanga self-massage in the comfort of your own home. Let’s look at the potential benefits of this Ayurvedic massage, along with how to do it yourself.
Steps of oil massage
Initiating the first steps to do a self-massage with oil may seem daunting, so if you’re trying it for the first time, choose a more leisurely day. Ayurveda recommends practicing abhyanga for a minimum of fifteen minutes in order for the effects of the oil to reach the seven dhatus, or tissue layers in the body.
Here is a wonderful self-massage routine that covers the key abhyanga massage steps. Try doing this routine in the morning for a vital day, or before bed for a more restful sleep.
Put about 1/4–1/2 cup oil in an 8-ounce squeeze bottle. Place the bottle of oil in a pan of hot water until the oil is pleasantly warm. You can also try alternative methods to heating massage oil like double boil method etc if you’d prefer. Sit or stand comfortably in a warm room, on a towel that you don’t mind ruining with oil accumulation.
Apply oil generously to your entire body. Massage the oil into your body, beginning at the extremities and working toward the middle of your body. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine, moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side. Massage the body for 5–20 minutes, with love and patience.
Give a little extra time and attention to massaging the oil into your scalp, ears, and feet, at least once a week. Apply oil to the crown of your head and work slowly outward in circular strokes. Oil applied to the head should be warm but not hot.
When you massage your feet, be sure to wash them first when you shower, so you don’t slip. Enjoy a warm bath or shower. A snana choorna can help rinse off the oil without drying out the skin. You can use a mild soap on the “strategic” areas.
When you get out of the bath, towel dry. Keep a special towel for drying off after your abhyanga because it will eventually get ruined due to the accumulation of oil. Put on a pair of cotton socks (organic, if you can find them) to protect your environment from the residual oil on your feet.Applying a high-quality essential oil to your wrists and neck can further support balance.
Benefits of oil massage
- Relieves stress
- Reduces blood pressure
- Improves skin health
- Reduces muscle stiffness
- Promotes lymphatic drainage
- Promotes blood circulation
- Improves vision
- Increases energy and alertness
- Increases physical strength
- Delays age-related changes
- Don’t drink cold water just after Ayurveda body massage. Drink only luke warm water.
- Don’t take a shower with hot water, a warm shower is advised just after the oil massage.
- Don’t do anything strenuous just after Ayurvedic oil massage, just relax and rest for the next ½ hour.
- Don’t take heavy meals just after Ayurvedic oil massage. One can have only light snacks after ½ an hour.
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It's an aromatic muscle smoothening massage oil that provides a deep relaxing experience. Tulsi is having immense benefits;
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Usage instructions for spa treat oils
Drops of Tulsi spa treat oil are added to bath water in a dispersant immediately before stepping in. This method results in absorption through the skin, as well as inhalation of the volatilized essential oil.
Drops of Tulsi spa treat oil are added to a natural carrier oil and applied to skin areas with gentle rubbing. As noted earlier, massage blends should not exceed 1% concentration of essential oils (one drop in a teaspoon) for adults. For children, concentration should not exceed 0.25% for infants, 0.5% for toddlers age 6 months to 2 years, and 1% for children 2 years and older.
Effect of monsoon in health and benefits of oil massage
Monsoon brings about not only the water richness and vegetation abundance to nature; it also brings the microbes and associated infections as well.
During monsoon our body will be more exposed to the disease pathogens and will be suffering more from digestion problems and joint associated diseases.
Warm oil massage therapy during this time is an accurate option to prevent these issues. Warm oil massage/ abhyanga can help us with;
- Immunity boosting.
- Improving blood circulation.
- Reducing body pain.
- Maintaining skin moisture.
- Aiding with the hair health.
Choosing Bipha ayurveda products for warm oil massage
Warm oil massage can be taken as a daily routine to benefit our health and to enjoy the beautiful season of monsoon up to its maximum, without any health worries. Our collection of Spa treats oils which have marvellous effect in the role of warm massage oils adds more benefits to your health routine and makes your massage experience celestial. Make your days more productive with Bipha ayurveda.