There is one thing you can do to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and slow the aging process. If you desire health, beauty and well-being, this is the one Ayurveda ritual to adopt as part of your self-care routine. If done on a daily basis, it has the potential to change your life.
The Sanskrit word for oil application, or self-massage, is Abhayanga, whose syllables specifically refer to the movement of sustenance toward all the body tissues so that they radiate health. This sustenance comes through therapeutic oils, our healing touch, our intention, and our own energy.
Ayurveda recommends warming oils to a pleasant temperature and massaging them into the body with light, firm strokes. When the body is gently anointed with warm oils, dryness is counteracted, the joints are lubricated, and the skin shines and glows with inner health. And besides all this, a warm oil massage is relaxing. What a beautiful way to begin our mornings!
Abhayanga or self-massage has a plethora of transformational benefits. Here are six of them: