Abhyanga (massage) is a type of passive exercise that
takes the strain off the physical exercise especially ideal
for those of you that want or need to avoid the physical strain.
Whether for prevention or cure, a good Ayurveda massage is
always your best route to general wellness.
An easy way towards wellness
Healing herbal oils, chosen according to the season and
personal constitution, represent the most common Ayurveda
massage when applied on one's body. According to Ayurveda
therapy's suggestion, sesame oil is the best and most effective
choice of all. During the winter season, one may also apply
mustard oil but remember to avoid during summer.
During the hot seasons, Coconut and Sunflower oil are also suggested
by Ayurveda Medicine. Olive oil is a warming oil and it is therefore
suggested for winter use. Anyone with a ‘Vata’ body
should apply warming oils whilst on the other hand, ‘Pitta’
bodies will benefit from cooling oils. ‘Kapha’ body
owners are suggested an Ayurveda care herbal mustard oil (warm)
to use in their massages and it would also be beneficial if opting
for a dry massage.
First apply the chosen oil directly to the
part of the body you intend to massage and proceed to gently
massaging the oil with the palm of the hand until the oil
penetrates the skin.
It is important to apply upward strokes when commencing
with the massage. While massaging your hand movements must
be neither too fast nor too slow and kept at the same pace,
while only applying pressure on muscle areas.
Ayurveda herb massages should be conducted early in the
morning or during the evening, preferably on an empty stomach.
You may have these massages delivered from an expert but massages
are equally quoted as a home remedy in Ayurveda.
Most importantly, the person undergoing the massage must concentrate
on the concerned body part and avoid letting stress, worries and
anxiety overcome them.
One should avoid massages after a cleansing therapy or when suffering
from a fever or mucus.
The benefits of the massages
Massaging of the body enhances the internal functions of the body while providing nourishment for the bodily tissues. It also helps in cleansing the bodily channels from toxins while at the same time lubricating various organs.
The benefits of the massaging therapies don’t stop there, but go even further. A massage will also stimulate your body's enzymes and increases the Ojas.
Working on both physical and mental levels, massages can be also useful in case of;
- Nerve Weakness
- Dry and unhealthy skin
- General Debility