Regularly treating yourself to a massage has many benefits: it relaxes you, eases pain, and boosts your energy levels. Massages also stimulate the production of oxytocin (the 'hug hormone') and serotonin (the 'happiness hormone'). Unfortunately, hiring a masseur costs money. But a simple and economic solution could be closer than you think: have you ever considered a self-massage? Abhyanga – Sanskrit for 'massage of the whole body' – is the most famous type of Ayurvedic massage.
Abhyanga is a full-body massage which also involves massage of the head and face. It's important that you choose a massage oil that matches your dosha type. The Ritual of Ayurveda collection has been extended to include three new dry oils.
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Steps to Follow for Abhyanga
- To get the most out of your massage, you should find a warm, peaceful place.
- Choose the oil that best suits the needs of your body and soul.
- Place the sealed bottle of dry oil in a bowl of hot water to heat the oil. Apply a droplet of oil to your wrist to check the temperature – make sure the oil is not too hot.
- Rub several drops of oil between the palms of your hands and massage your temples and scalp. Extend this over a couple of minutes.
- Continue down to your face, massaging your forehead, temples, ears, cheeks, and jaw in a circular motion.
- Continue moving downwards, massaging your whole body, in a circular motion focussing on your joints and making larger circular movements between the joints.
- Massage your feet last. Once the massage is over, leave the oil to sink in for around 15-20 minutes.
- You should then have a nice, hot shower and dry yourself off gently.