The Beauty of Self Massage

Learn Aryuveda | Self Care

In Ayurveda,

there is a routine one practices everyday.

This practice is called Abhyanga, the art of self-massage. As we age, our youth is no longer youth. We do get older, the body shrinks, joints start to dry out and the mind starts to loose its sharpness. In Ayurveda, abhyanga teaches us this can be dramatically slowed down with one practice, self massage. Best time of day is first thing in the morning if available or in my case at least once a week for proper maintenance and up keep of every day life.

Who doesn’t want to experience this!? When we learn to care for our own bodies, it becomes easier to care and understand the bodies of the loved ones around you. Self-massage cleanses and soothes the body allowing for the nervous system to down regulate (relax). When we self-massage it releases a cascade of feel-good hormones into our bloodstream and decreases cortisol which is a stress hormone we all are experiencing in todays day and age. 

Getting a massage once a month by a licensed therapist is great as well! Personally, there is more benefit when YOU can spend the time to touch your own body.

Connect with your muscles, skin, and body has a bigger influence on the mind than one can imagine. There are oils in which one should consider using while self massaging.

As Caraka Samhita (Vol.1, V: 88-89) says: the body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming, and least affected by old age.

First, we want to make sure the oil we use is warm. Warm oil makes it easier for the skin to absorb and digest. If you are someone familiar with Ayurveda terms, remember to treat the skin, not your specific dosha for these self massages. Lets tune into your skin:

  • Vata Skin types typically tend towards early wrinkling and dryness, have a combination of dry and oily, thin bone structure, fine pores, dark, scanty, frizzy hair.
  • Pitta Skin types tend towards inflammation and sensitivity, medium frame and luscious skin with oily T-zone and dry cheeks, has soft, moderately thick hair with light or reddish tones.
  • Kapha Skin types are on the clammy and thick side, have a large frame and prone to gaining weight, has soft skin with large pores and thick, wavy, lustrous hair.
With this information, vata skin can be helped with sesame oil, pitta skin can he helped with coconut and sunflower oil and kapha skin can be helped with sunflower or calendula-infused oil. In Healthy Happy Sexy (Chapter 10, pg 141) states: Sometimes Kapha skin is so moist that it doesn’t require oil (especially in the spring time). In this case, dry brush before showering. 

In the next few weeks, pick a day to really sit down with yourself, your warm oil and experience the self massage. As a massage therapist, this practice was challenging because it was for myself! I practice at least once a week now and my body is loving me for it. Try it out and if you want to reach me and find out what your imbalances are, fill out the contact form and we can schedule a 30 minute free consultation. Enjoy the journey of self massage!


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