Here are some of the benefits of Abhyanga:
- increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
- toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
- calming for the nerves
- lubrication of the joints
- increased mental alertness
- improved elimination of impurities from the body
- softer, smoother skin
- increased levels of stamina through the day
- better, deeper sleep at night
Our skin is the biggest organ of our body and Abhyangha helps transdermal absortption. If you would like to do home Abhyanga make sure you choose cold-pressed, chemical free organic sesame oil or medicated oil for your dohsa.
Vata dosha: 4-5 times a week using sesame, almond oil or Vata balancing oil from Banyan botanicals
Pitta dosha: 3-4 times a week using coconut, sunflower ot Pitta balancing oil
Kapaha dosha: 1-2 times a week using safflower or Kapha balancing oil
Sesame and Jojoba oil is tridoshic
The Ayurvedic massage can be part of a self care program or part of Panchakarma. It is traditionally performed in the morning before shower, to facilitate the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the previous night.
- warm 1\2 cup of oil of your choice
- sit or stand comfortably in a warm room/bathroom, on a towel that you don’t mind ruining with the oil accumulation
- Apply oil generously to your entire body starting at the extremities and working toward the middle of the body. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad clockwise, circular motion.
- Massage your body for 5-20 minutes with love.
- Have a quick shower without using any soap
- Towel dry. Use a special towel because it will eventually get ruined due to the oil.