How about a massage? I know. I feel you. While achieving the time to go and treat yourself to a massage, let alone regular massages, is a luxury for most; the ancient ritual of Abhyanga is a self-massage technique for treating your body as temple…all in the comfort of your own home. This Ayurvedic healing practice is the process of anointing yourself with oil and massaging it into the entire body before bathing. Its benefits go far beyond the usual paradigm of simply relieving tension and "chilling out," extending to both mind and spirit, as well as the body.
While this technique of massage is very different in temperament from a Swedish or sports massage, which mainly work on the muscular system of the body, Abhyanga works on the layers of tissue in the body. The ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda teaches that there are seven dhatus, or layers of tissue in the body, with each being successively more concentrated and life-giving. Massaging and kneading the body in this way restores vigor—your life force—the vital energy for you to go out into the world and give your unique gifts. For these deepest layers to be reached, each area of the body needs to be given time and care, with 15 minutes being the suggested minimum amount of time for the full body. However, do not fret; from even a mere five minutes the body will still experience healing benefits and the skin with luxuriate in the nourishing oil. Simply receiving the love you are giving yourself via the ritual of self-care is also where the magic lies.
I also like to take this self-care practice up a level and add in my body oils from my all organic therapeutic essential oil line Ajai Alchemy. Essential oils can be utilized to enhance each and every moment and are a powerful and direct way to regulate our stress or calming responses. Within a minute our skin absorbs whatever we put on it directly into the bloodstream, and so using an infused oil also adds all the healing wisdom of the plants and botanicals from which the essential oils are derived too. Essential oils are a powerful tool in my well-being kit, and adding them into the ritual of abhyanga potentiates the healing effects of this practice. Use this self-care practice to relax, uplift, soothe, and relieve.