We all know that massage helps increase circulation, moves lymph, increases our immunity and helps alleviate body aches and pains. All science aside, massage just feels great. Ayurvedic oil massage, known as Abhyanga, has those benefits and more.
Abhyanga is easy to do, and you can do it yourself. I love Abhyanga because you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home- it is less costly and you can do it every day! A daily Abhyanga practice restores the balance of the body and enhances well-being and longevity. There is no greater expression of self-love than regularly anointing yourself with oil; it leaves you feeling grounded, relaxed with a sense of stability and warmth.
How to Perform Abhyanga:
Oils for Your Constitution:
Vata Dosha: sesame, almond, olive, jojoba
Pitta Dosha: coconut, sunflower, jojoba, walnut
Kapha Dosha: safflower, mustard seed, jojoba
**If you are unsure of your constitution, stick with heavier warmer oils in the winter (think sesame, olive and almond) and lighter cooler oils in the summer (think coconut and sunflower)**
Ayurvedic Health Counselor