- No products in the cart.
Express self-love and self-respect by lovingly anointing yourself from head to toe with warm oil. This practice is called Abhyanga.
A daily Abhyanga practice enhances well-being and longevity.
Abhyanga especially encourages lymphatic drainage, blood circulation, feeds the microbiome living on your skin and most notably, pacifies the nervous system. Your skin is your largest organ plus it has more nerve endings than any other part of your body. So when you anoint oil on those nerve endings and massage them, it helps ground and strengthen the nervous system.
If there is stress, sleep issues or energetic sensitivity, abhyanga will help relieve the body of these stressors.
The ancient Ayurvedic sages held the practice of Abhyanga in great esteem, to support the adaptability of one’s nervous system to deal with stressors and ultimately live a radiant life…
“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.”
Find a comfortable and warm place to sit. Sitting on a towel as if you were doing yoga asana sitting down works well.
Anoint your body with oil as if you were moisturising generously. Start with the head and move down to your toes.
General stroke principles:
Once you’re well lubricated, begin the massage.
First is the head (to activate the whole body). Massage the head as if you were vigorously washing your hair. Then move down the body.
Massage the face in circular motions and the forehead sideways with your hand.
Massage inside the ears, the ear lobes and behind the ears.
Neck – Massage in upward direction on all surfaces of neck and throat. With finger pads, massage cervical spine up and down.
Upper chest – Circular motions on and around the chest. Especially on the sternum and solar plexus.
The abdomen – Gently massage around the navel and your whole abdomen in clockwise motions.
Back – Do as much as you can without straining. Massage your spine up and down as you can reach. Massage circular motions on the lower back and hips with both your palms. Massage the shoulders and the upper back as much as you can reach.
Arms and hands
Legs and feet
This is better than not doing any abhyanga at all and is beneficial for the nervous system. We should adopt the habit of applying oil to the vital points of the body on a daily basis.
The main purpose of the strokes is to soothe and stimulate the tissues gently and pacify the nervous system. This also influences the connections the skin has to all the inner organs and systems Be gentle, not too deep or strong. Studies show light touch is more effective than deep pressure massage for the nervous system
Aim to leave to oil on for at least 10-20 mins, and up to 45 mins (this time is ideal) at the most. Minimum time to leave the oil on for is 8 minutes While you wait in between your abhyanga and washing it, you can do activities like meditate, yoga, exercise, read, prepare breakfast, clean the house, any activity that won’t get anything too oily Washing oil off or bathing – it is important to wash or wipe off the oil afterwards so that the toxins that have been pulled out by the massage are not reabsorbed. For this reason, leave the oil on for no longer then 1 hour
Don’t do abhyanga when you are sick with fever or cold.
Enjoy the nourishment you endow to your nervous system.