Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage – Abhyanga

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected even if subjected to injury or strenuous work” ­– CharakaSamhita Vol. 1, V:88-89

Ayurvedic massage therapies which originated in India are considered to be one of the ancient physical therapies that are still predominant in several countries. These Ayurvedic therapies mainly focus on pressure points (marma) of the body and involve the three energies (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). As per Ayurvedic terms these three energies are also knows as tri-dosha of life.

When it comes to Ayurvedic massages, “Abhyanga” is considered to be one of the unique yet dominant massage techniques. Thousands of years old, Abhyanga has been beneficial to balance sleep patterns and increase longevity while being a medicine for certain disorders. Moreover, Ayurveda recommendsAbhyanga for almost everyone,from a newborn children to the elderly.

This massage technique involves anointing the body with herbal oil which is massaged into the body and penetrates deeply through the skin into body tissues and muscles while encouraging the elimination of impurities.Since Abhyanga gives a deep feeling of stability and warmth, ancient Ayurveda believes that the effectiveness of Abhyanga is similar to the feeling of being loved, warm and safe. This Vata and Pitta pacifying Ayurvedic massage technique is considered to be highly beneficial and recommend regularly.

As per Ayurvedic texts Abhyanga is beneficial for the whole body. Therefore, to make those unique benefits more effective and enduring it uses special oils such as “Bhringaraj Oil” when it comes to head massage. This hair strengthening tridoshic oil is perfect for hair loss and premature greying. Moreover, it also encourages better sleep by cooling and calming your mind while clearing Pitta from nervous system and skin. “Bhringaraj Oil” is not only suitable for scalp massage but also for feet.

A regular oil massage should also integrate a massage of head and scalp since it helps with keeping the nervous system healthy. “Champi” is considered to be one of the unique yet popular head massages in Ayurveda since its ideal for balancing your body. This highly beneficial massage is more suitable for insomnia, stress, mental disorders, graying of hair and baldness.

Benefits of applying oil to the whole body

  • Pacifying Vata
  • Increases longevity
  • Nourishes the body
  • Enhances vision
  • Encourages regular sleeping pattern
  • Aids skin
  • Nourishes your body

Benefits of applying oil to scalp

  • Supports your hair growth by making thick, soft and glossy
  • Refreshes and calms sense organs
  • Removes facial winkles

Benefits of applying oil to the ears

  • Aids stiff neck
  • Benefits ear disorders
  • Benefits stiffness in the jaw

Benefits of applying oil to the feet

  • Strengthen the feet
  • Enhances vision
  • It alleviates roughness, stiffness, fatigue and coarseness
  • Pacifies vata
  • Benefits local veins

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Rita Sagrani

Rita Sagrani

Rita is the founder of the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre. To find out more about her, head to the About Us page.

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