As an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner I love sharing the wonderful qualities ofhealing that this beautiful science has to offer us. Today I would like to share with you some information regarding the healing of self – Abhyanga.
The Ayurvedic practice of self-Abhyanga or warm-oil massage, dosha oil specific, is a soothing treatment for all body types. Depending on the Dosha or body type of the person doing a self-Abhyanga, the oil used during the massage is specific to the needs of the dosha at that time. Some excellent oils to use for self -Abhyanga are Organic Sesame, Coconut and Sunflower. As a self-care treatment, it is traditionally done in the morning, before bathing or showering and is especially useful as a daily ritual in the winter months. With Abhyanga the warm oil penetrates the skin; its lubricating quality is complete and balancing on all levels. It is very nourishing for the body.
Self-Abhyanga is used to help direct ama (toxins) from the tissues to the organs of elimination. Done regularly it can improve circulation and digestion, it relaxes the nervous system, nourishes the skin, creates feeling of groundedness and focus and increases immunity and radiance which results from good digestion and strong immune function.
Plan to spend at least 10 minutes massaging the entire body after coating it in oil and then resting for at least 10 minutes before washing the oil off. If you do not have time to rest and let the oil sink in, try lubricating the body in oil before beginning the massage to give it more time to sit on your skin. Remember to be careful when getting into the bath tub or shower due to the oil on your skin. Do not put any oil on the bottom of you feet.
Once in the shower allow the warm water to run over your body for a few minutes before adding soap.
Enjoy the benefits of radiance and know that by performing a self -Abhyangamassage on yourself that you are committing an act of self love which is all encompassing and beneficial to the mind and the body.
Boost your Immune system, increase your circulation, and stimulatedetoxification naturally by giving yourself a self- Abhyanga today!
Enjoy and let the healing begin.
Rochele M. Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS