Abhyanga (massage) has been a part of the Ayurvedic tradition for centuries. Abhyanga is not just seen as a treatment for relaxation, but as an integral part of healing therapies. It can heal and stimulate the skin, muscles, circulatory and nervous systems. Practicing abhyanga is a natural way to relieve pain and inflammation. It can also regulate the digestive system, help remove toxins from the body, increase vitality and concentration- and this is just the short list! With all of these incredible mind and body benefits, we can all use more massage in our lives. The best part is that you do not have to wait for your next spa appointment to get started. An after shower body massage is an easy way to incorporate this healing tradition into your daily routine.
Pat dry to leave skin still partially damp and sit comfortably on your towel. Taking a small amounts of oil into your palm, slowly massage your feet working your way up your legs towards the center of your body. Once you get to your abdomen, make clockwise circles around your belly-button with light pressure. Then start with your hands and move towards your shoulders. All strokes should be towards the center of your body. If you have coarse or dry hair, you can finish by using what oil is left on your hands and rubbing it into the ends of your hair.