Abhyanga – Oil Massage

Ayurveda –  Ayur- “life” Veda- “knowledge”

Ayurveda is the science of long life.  It is an ancient holistic medical system that brings about balance and vitality using therapies including yoga, diet, bodywork, spirituality, herbs and much more.  The sacred wisdom of Ayurveda has been handed down from guru to student for thousands of years.

Some of the many types of Ayurveda Body Therapies are listed below including Abhyanga.  Receiving these therapies along with dosha pacifying diet, yoga and meditation practices can begin to set you in a direction for more balance and well-being.

  • Abhyanga – oil massage
  • Marma Abhyanga –  using marma points and oil massage
  • Shila Abhyanga – stone massage
  • Karna Purna – oil application to the ears
  • Nasya – lubricating nostrils
  • Shiradhara – oil flowing over forehead

Abhyanga is an oil massage therapy for healing and detoxifying body, mind and spirit. This Ayurveda detox and stress reduction therapy is performed by using copious amounts of warmed aromatic herbal oils that are blended to your dosha type.  After receiving an Abhyanga treatment you will feel very relaxed, nurtured and grounded.

A daily self-oil massage is recommended and 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.

Marma Abhyanga – is considered a sacred art in India.  A marma point is a juncture on the body where two or more types of tissue meet, such as muscles, veins, ligaments, bones or joints. Marma points are much more than a casual connection of tissue and fluids, they are points of the vital life force. When imbalances block the movement of free-flowing energy in the body, the stagnation leads to physical and mental discomfort and eventually results in disease.

Benefits of Abhyanga Therapies

  • Nourishes the entire body – decreases the effects of aging
  • Improves muscle tone and vigor to the body tissues
  • Lubricates the joints
  • Increases circulation
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body
  • Assists in elimination of impurities from the body
  • Moves the lymph, aiding in detoxification
  • Increases stamina
  • Calms the nerves
  • Benefits sleep—soothes insomnia
  • Enhances vision
  • Makes hair (scalp) grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy
  • Softens and re-hydrates skin-reduces wrinkles
  • Pacifies Vata and Pitta and stimulates Kapha
  • Balances the doshas

Ayurveda is a beautiful medical science that encourages people to live in harmony with the earth, the elements and the seasons.  It embraces spirituality and recognizes the divine intelligence within all living things. It is the ancient healing science of India.

By:  Dorothy Ruggiero, LMT

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