Ayurvedic massage is called Abhyanga in Sanskrit which means a traditional system of massage from India. The Ayurveda system focuses on maintaining a holistic health through the practice of diet and natural practices like massages.
The oil is the vital component of Ayurvedic massage. Ayurvedic massage is also called Snehana which means love and compassion. Ayurvedic massage involves the oil application on the whole body from the scalp of the head to the soles of your feet.
The Ayurvedic oil massage is also recommended as an integral part of your daily routine. There is a saying in the ancient textbook of Ayurveda, one who does Ayurvedic massage regularly will have free disease of any kind throughout their life. Ayurvedic massage is nourishing, balancing, cleansing, pacifying and enhances the complexion of the skin, promotes longevity and vitality.
The best oil according to Ayurveda is sesame oil. Ayurveda advise to use black cold pressure sesame oil and prefer to use organic – chemical free for the best result. Sesame oil offers the antioxidant properties and this is very moisturizing and easy to penetrate through your skin. Massage with sesame oil helps in protecting the skin from free radical damage.
The right choice of massage oil depends on your dosha or body type and current state of imbalance/disease.
Vata dosha – warming oil like sesame oil, olive oil or castor oil
Pitta dosha – Cooling oil like coconut oil, sunflower oil or ghee
Kapha dosha – Heating oil like mustard oil, sesame oil or olive oil
In addition, there is a range of medicated oil with the combination of many herbs and can be selected after the initial assessment with an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner.
Ayurvedic massage moves the body from the state of imbalance to equilibrium and from stress to bliss. A regular ayurvedic oil massage helps to relax the body and mind and helps with stress management.
Lymphatic circulation is enhanced with the Ayurvedic massage. Your lymphatic system helps to remove the bodily toxins and improves your immunity.
There are numerous benefits of Ayurvedic massages
- Pacifies Vata and Pitta and improves Kapha
- Nourishing the whole body and stop the aging process
- Helps in eliminating the toxins and impurities
- Stimulates the visceral organs and improves the physiology
- Lubricates the joints and strengthen the muscle
- Increase the bodily circulation
- Nourishing the nervous system
- increases the energy, physical strength and alertness of the mind
- Helps hair growth naturally
- Improves the eyesight
- Improves the quality of sleep
- Skin care and enhance beauty
If you are looking for an Ayurvedic massage, be sure to visit a qualified Ayurvedic therapist, ayurvedic practitioner or ayurvedic doctor by qualification. Only a qualified practitioner can diagnose the accurate dosha and offer you Abhyanga massage with the right massage oil. After an ayurvedic oil massage, going to the ayurvedic steam sauna helps to soak the oil into the body and loosen up the toxins from the skin, joints, muscle and underlying tissues.