WHAT IS IT
Abhyanga is an herbal-oil massage incorporating the entire body from head to toe.
Ayurvedic massage has its roots in Siddha medicine, a system of medicine brought to South India by the great siddhar or sage Agastya. It has been told that Siddha medicine is the oldest system of medicine in the world, possibly up to 8,000 years old.
Other forms of medicine or cultures that do some form of it: Greece, Indonesia, China, and Persia
½ Cup oil, squeeze bottle, essential oil, herbs
BENEFITS: According to Acharya Vagbhata in the text Astanga Hridaya
*Prevents & corrects the aging process
*Prevents & corrects affliction of the nervous system
*Promotes better eyesight
*Nourishes the body
*Promotes sturdiness of the body
*Promotes lymph flow
*Achy joints & tight muscles
*High Blood Pressure
*Skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, inflamed skin, wrinkles, scars, & cellulite
RISKS / CONTRAINDICATIONS
Oils to Use According to Dosha:
Vata (dry skin): heavy oils like almond, sesame, olive, castor, ghee, or mustard
Pitta (sensitive or overheated skin): Coconut, Sunflower, or ghee
Kapha (oily skin): Mustard, corn. Sesame oil is neutral and may also be used.
Essential Oils to Add to Base Oil According to Dosha:
Vata: basil, fennel, marjoram, orange, geranium, bergamot, benzoin, cardamom,
Pitta: Sandalwood, lavender, lemon, ylang ylang, chamomile, peppermint, fennel,
Rose, neroli, lemon balm
Kapha: rosemary, eucalyptus, camphor, frankincense, clary sage, juniper, myrrh,
Black pepper, clove
Tri-Doshic: Rose, jasmine, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, lemon balm, ginger,
Strength: Moderate pressure according to constitution. Lighter pressure over face, neck, sternum, belly, and kidneys.
Vata: lighter touch
Pitta: medium touch
Kapha: heavier touch
Duration: 15-35 mins
Time of Day: Before bathing
Body Type: All
Douillard, Dr. John. The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage. North Atlantic Books, 2004.
The Art & Benefits of Abhyanga Massage (healthline.com)
Rhythmical massage improves autonomic nervous system function: a single-blind randomised controlled trial – ScienceDirect
Pilot study investigating the effects of Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage on subjective stress experience – PubMed (nih.gov)