Conditions that are benefitted by an Ayurvedic massage
3. Muscular pain
6. Back pain
12. Dry skin
13. Circulation and drainage of the lymph nodes
15. Hair growth
16. Increased vigour of the body tissues
Best time for an Ayurvedic massage
The correct method to do an Ayurveda full-body massage at home is -
- Start by warming the specific oil (the choice depends on the dosha of an individual and is specific) in a bowl of boiled water.
- Use the palm to massage the body. Generally, use circular motions over rounded areas (joints, head) and straight strokes over straight areas (neck, long bones). Apply moderate pressure over the body and light pressure over the abdomen and heart.
- Start with the head. Pour a small amount of oil on the hands and vigorously massage it into your scalp. Use the flat palm of the hands and make circular strokes to cover the whole head. Spend more time massaging the head than other parts of the body.
- Move to the face and outer ears. Apply a small amount of oil as you move from one part of the body to the next. Massage this area gently.
- Massage the front and back of the neck, and the upper part of your spine. At this point cover the rest of the body with a thin layer of oil to give maximum time for the oil to soak in.
- Vigorously massage the arms, using a circular motion on the shoulders and elbows and long, back-and-forth strokes on the upper arms and forearms.
- Next, massage the chest and abdomen. Use a very gentle, circular motion over the heart and abdomen. You can start in the lower right part of the abdomen and move clockwise toward the left lower part, to gently massage the intestines.
- Massage the back and spine the best you can.
- Massage the legs vigorously, using circular motions over the hips, knees and ankles. Use long straight over the thighs and calves.
- Finally, massage the bottoms of your feet. As with the head, you can spend more time on this important area of the body. Use the palm of the hand to massage the soles vigorously.
- Allow absorption for 20 mins before a warm bath or shower.
Some of the best oils that can be used according to your dosha
- People with Pitta dosha need to use a cooling oil, like coconut oil as the base oil.
- The Pitta massage oil must contain many herbs like Shatavari, sandalwood, rose, jasmine, Brahmi, manjishtha, liquorice, etc. This oil can decrease gastric ulcers, acid reflux, skin disorders, etc.
- People with Kapha dosha need to oils like sesame oil or castor oil as the base oil.
- The Kapha massage oil must contain many herbs like calamus, chitrak, punarnava, ginger, rosemary, garlic, etc. It is mainly used for treating inflammation, pain, sciatica, arthritis, spondylosis, myalgia etc.
Benefits of Abhyanga
- Nourishes the entire body - decreases the effects of ageing
- Imparts muscle tone and vigour to the tissues (dhatus) of the body
- Imparts a firmness to the limbs
- Lubricates the joints
- Increases circulation
- Stimulates the internal organs of the body
- Assists in the elimination of impurities from the body
- Moves the lymph, aiding in detoxification
- Increases stamina
- Calms the nerves
- Benefits sleep—better, deeper sleep
- Enhances vision
- Makes hair (scalp) grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy.
- Softens and smoothens skin; decreases wrinkles, thus promoting youthfulness
- Pacifies Vata and Pitta and stimulates Kapha
- Balance the endocrine system
- Calm the nervous system and promotes mental relaxation
- Rejuvenate the skin
- Increase mental alertness
- Increases longevity
- Increases energy, endurance and strength
- Leads to a gradual decrease in existing diseases
- Prevents colds, flu and other diseases
- Increases the ability to handle stress and anxiety
- Helps weight loss or gain and better sense control
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