The Benefits of Ayurveda Self Massage

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The Benefits of Ayurveda Self Massage

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There is no greater expression of self-love than lovingly anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil—this practice is called Abhyanga. The Sanskrit word Sneha can be translated as both “oil” and “love.” It is believed that the effects of Abhyanga are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Like the experience of being loved, Abhyanga can give a deep feeling of stability and warmth.

A daily Abhyanga practice restores the balance of the doshas and enhances well-being and longevity. Regular Abhyanga is especially grounding and relaxing for Vata dosha imbalances, but everyone can benefit from this practice.

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89   (One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda)

Abhyanga Routine and Oils

Massage your body with love and patience for 15-20 minutes. Here are the recommendations for frequency and oil type, based on the doshas:

• Vata Dosha: 4-5 times a week using sesame, almond, or a Vata-balancing oil, such as our Vata Hydrating Body Oil. 

• Pitta Dosha: 3-4 times a week using a coconut, sunflower, or a Pitta-balancing oil, such as our Pitta Cooling Body Oil.

• Kapha Dosha: 1-2 times a week using safflower or a Kapha-balancing oil, such as our Kapha Active Body Oil.

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