Abhyanga (pronounced ah-bhee-yahn-gah), is a soothing massage ritual that promotes overall health and well-being. As a part of daily practices, Abhyanga has roots in Ayurvedic tradition going back thousands of years. Introducing a frequent self-massage in our routine can help in delivering so many benefits including:
- Decrease in muscular tension and better circulation
- Improved skin texture/tone and lubrication of joints
- Better sleep and mental alertness
- And, most significantly - a sense of self-love
While Abhyanga can be administered by a trained therapist, but with simple and intentional steps it can be equally enjoyed as a self-massage at home. An Abhyanga massage means that the whole body is anointed thoroughly with warm aromatic oils.
Here is a simple Abhyanga regimen that can be practiced at home on a regular basis –
- Select a suitable body oil and warm it to a comfortable temperature. SUNDÃRI offers a choice between the Gotu Kola and Lotus Body Oil or the Neem and Triphala Body Oil
- Be seated in a warm and relaxed area with a handy towel to wipe away any excess oil
- Pour a small amount of oil on your palm and start with massaging the neck, shoulders, ears and scalp. Use firm strokes.
- Now massage the chest, abdomen and back using circular clockwise strokes that move away from the heart.
- With every stroke, remind yourself of the positive intention during the entire experience
- Move to the hands and feet, keeping in mind to massage the fingers and toes as well
- Sit for 10-20 minutes to let the oil absorb into the skin.
- Finish with a warm shower. Use a Gotu Kola and Carrageenan Body Cleanser to remove the excess oil if necessary.
Consider playing some light music or enjoying the scent of a Chameli candle during this routine.
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— Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana: II: 8-9