This is a two part blog on self-massage in Ayurveda and how to perform it.

Part One:

In Ayurveda, self-care is an important aspect of good health and self-massage known as Abhyanga (Ab-hee-yung-ga) and is traditionally practiced on a daily basis, it’s best to start off doing it on a weekly basis when you are new to it.Abhyanga is cleansing, relaxing, balancing, restorative, and blissful and helps to ward off disease, stress and old age. It allows for trans- dermal absorption of nutrients from the herbs and plants used for massaging, into the skin. Self-massage supports the largest organ of the body, the skin, to effectively eliminate toxins and nourish the tissues.  The skin is the largest and most important organ of the body. One square inch of skin contains 9,500 cells, 19 yards of blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, 78 heat sensors, 78 yards of nerves, 19,500 cells at the end of the nerve fibres. (The fact that our bodies have over five million receptors for touch gives us a clue as to the massive role touch plays in our overall health.)

The ayurvedic massage oils used for self-massage will help improve muscular pain and relax your muscles. It will improve your circulation, boost immunity and help with fatigue and exhaustion. It’s also good for anxiety and depression.If you have sciatica, arthritis, back pain, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, headaches, self-massage will help to alleviate many of these conditions.
Please do not perform self-massage if you are pregnant or nursing or have your periods. Please do not do any massage if you have any cuts, bruises, broken bones, swollen limbs or a painful skin condition or, if you have an acute medical condition or illness.

What are the benefits of self-massage?

  1. It boosts the body’s ability to heal.
  2. Balances the hormones through touch therapy.
  3. Strengthens the skin’s elasticity. Your skin will glow because your circulation improves. It’s anti-aging because it promotes youthfulness by nourishing your skin.
  4. Regular massage detoxifies the body’s tissues
  5. Oil massage reduces stress and promotes sleep.
  6. Increases circulation internally and stimulates organs
  7. Promotes flexibility. It also lubricates our tissues, muscles, joints and strengthens the limbs.
  8. Oil Massage calms the mind and relaxes the body.
  9. It enhances the immune system and increases longevity.
  10. It increases energy and stamina.
  11. You will experience increased focus or mental alertness.

At esmeandsita.com, we carry many different oils. In Ayurveda, there are 3 doshas which make up a person’s constitution – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. If you know what your dosha is, you can use one of our oils specific to balancing your dosha. We also have a Tridosha oil which is good as an all-round oil for anyone to use. Each massage oil contains at least 25 to 30 different herb and plant extracts which are mixed in a carrier oil such as sesame oil. You get the double benefit of not only helping a specific condition through the act of massage but you also get the medicinal benefit of the plant and herbal extracts going into your skin.

If you are sore from doing Yoga or have a sports injury, joint pain or arthritis, our Maharayana Oil is an excellent oil for any kind of muscle and joint pain. On the other hand, if you have a skin condition like Psoriasis or eczema, try the Gulguluthikthakam Oil. For mental clarity use Brahmi oil for a head massage. www.esmeandsita.com. To your good health!

Check out the second part of “How to perform self-massage”