Ayurveda Self Massage ~ Abhyanga

Ayurveda self-massage, known as Abhyanga, is a great way to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It is a form of passive yoga, done without any props or equipment. The term “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit words “ayus” and “Veda,” which mean “life” and “knowledge,” respectively. Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India. The belief is that the mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. Ayurveda self-massage is a way to balance the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

The Benefits of Self-Massage

Self-massage has many benefits, including reducing stress, tension headaches, and improving circulation. It is also a great way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day.

Ayurveda Oils

The Best Way to Give Yourself a Massage

Using a light touch and not pressing too hard when massaging yourself is essential, and there should not be any pain while performing. The most popular oil for Abhyanga is, sesame nourishing the skin. Other commonly used oils include coconut oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil, and I love the oils from Banyan Botanicals.

Different doshas require different oils. Here’s what we found:⁠
Vata Dosha: Almond or sesame oils work best⁠
Pitta Dosha: Sunflower or coconut oil⁠
Kapha Dosha: Safflower oil⁠

*if you’re unsure what your doshic type is, Jojoba oil is good for all three doshas! ⁠

To begin the massage, start by warming the oil in your hands. Rub your hands together to create heat. Next, apply the oil to your body using long, smooth strokes. Be sure to massage your scalp, neck, and back. You can also massage your feet and legs.

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1. Begin with the scalp. Massage in a circular motion, working your way out from the crown.⁠

2. Work your way to the face. Continue with using a circular motion, don’t forget the ears!⁠

3. Arms & Legs require long upward strokes. On the joints, use a circular clockwise motion.⁠

4. For the stomach, use a circular clockwise motion.⁠

5. Finish by massaging your feet.⁠

Sit with the oil on for at least 10-15 minutes and take a warm shower to wash off the oil  Practice before bed for a nice relaxing wind-down experience before sleep.⁠

Give Yourself a Break with Self-Massage

Now that we know the benefits of Ayurveda self-massage, it’s time to try it yourself! Self-massage is a great way to reduce stress, improve circulation and range of motion, and increase relaxation. So why not give it a try? You may be surprised at how good you feel afterward.

 

 

 

 

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