An Abhyanga Massage is a warm oil, self-administered massage that helps balance your physical constitution, moisturize the skin, helps the skin to release toxins, and is known to help tone muscles all over your body.
You can use a variety of oils and Ayurveda, the science of life and Eastern medicine traditions in India, recommends sesame or almond oils for Vata types, coconut and sunflower for Pitta and corn and olive oils for balancing Kapha. However, if you don’t know your Ayurvedic type, do not despair: simply pick sesame and almond oils in winter and coconut or sunflower in summer.
The massage can be done in the morning before your shower, or in the evening before bed. I often do it once a week in the evenings.
Check out the video and the description on how to do another version of the Abhyanga massage below the video:
How to Do The Massage
- Start by warming the oil to skin temperature, and drizzle a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands. (Warm the oil by holding the bottle under warm water, never use a microwave).
- Massage the top of your scalp (on days when you wash your hair), pay particular attention to the circumference of your ears, and the soles of your feet.
- Massage with long strokes on your limbs, and round strokes on your joints.
- It’s best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm shower or bath.
- Try not to use a lot of soap, let the water rinse out the excess and the towel get rid of the rest. At the end of the shower, your skin should feel silky but not oily.
I hope you love it as much as I love it. Let me know in the comments below!