‘Abhayanga’ or Oil Massage has been highly praised by all ancient seers of Ayurveda including Charaka, Sushruta and Vagbhatta. It is beneficial to disharmonious Vata and Pitta doshas and is supportive to the health of the skin.
Massage is an age-old therapeutic and healing art that has been in existence at least as long as medicine itself. References to massage can be found in Ayurvedic and ancient Chinese medical literature dating back 3000 BC and in the writings of Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, in 460 BC. Professionally administering a massage incorporates scientific manipulation of muscles, ligaments and connecting tissues.
Aimed at increasing efficient body functioning, massage techniques stimulate some parts of the body and relax others at the same time. It is a relatively simple yet systematic tool, which not only helps heal injuries and correct imbalances but also promotes body awareness, relaxation and vitality. ‘Massage’ is an extension of the instinctive urge to touch a painful part of the body and often to rub it. It also allows the essence of therapeutic oils to penetrate through the skin.
Massage also provides means for patient healer contact, a very important factor in healing. In ayurvedic Abhyanga massage, the Marma’s or vital energy points in the body are revitalised using potent medicated oils and healing strokes.
Ayurvedic Massage Oil~
Ayurvedic massage oil is prepared by the traditional method according to old Ayurvedic texts. Great care has been exercised to assure the highest quality of preparation. Over twenty selected and most effective herbs and other natural ingredients are hand blended with sesame oil in a definite proportion along with other natural oils.
Ayurvedic Massage oil is a balanced blend of extra lavish emollients which helps prevent the flaking and peeling. It may be gently massaged before or after a hot shower or bath. It should then soften and enhance the skin, nourish and restore it.
It prevents roughness and scaliness often associated with dry skin conditions, softens hard skin and aids in the restoration of natural oils washed away by frequent showering.
It may be safely used by those with a delicate skin. It is known for its efficiency as the finest of skin foods and is most effective in helping to restore youth, glowing appearance of the skin. It is ideal for protecting the skin against the effects of cold wind and sun.
Ayurvedic Massage Oil may be used in stiffness in joints and muscles & for strains and pains in the neck and the back evolving from various reasons of strains such as strenuous office sitting, tiresome auto driving, excessive physical exercise etc. It may be comfortably used by the stresses caused by sports and muscle colds.
This oil contains no chemical preservatives, colors, chemical additives and animal products, thus it is not guaranteed to last an infinite.
According to Ayurveda following are the multifaceted benefits of Oil Massage:
- Massage gives a beautiful luster to the skin.
- Massage tones & relaxes the underlying muscle tissue, nourishing the skin and giving the body pleasant curves.
- Massage increases body heat and improves circulation.
- Massage increases the flow of life giving oxygen to the tissues.
- Massage increases stamina and vitality.
- Massage increases the body’s resistance to disease by improving immune response.
- Massage makes body feel light, active and energetic.
- Massage removes stiffness from the joints, improving posture and grace of movement.
- Massage makes the spine supple, improving nerve supply to organs and all parts of the body.
- Massage flushes out waste products throughout the body.
- Massage corrects flow of electromagnetic energy throughout the body.
- Massage improves concentration & intelligence.
- Massage builds body awareness, self confidence and will power.
- Massage is rejuvenating and preserves youthful qualities.
In short massage can help to keep you feeling young, vital, beautiful and healthy.
If you cannot receive a massage daily for the whole body, then at least try to massage your feet on a daily basis and your head every three days. Once in a week a complete oil bath will also be helpful.