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In Ayurveda, therapeutic massage is one of the most enjoyable and healing treatments. The skin, after all, is the largest organ in the body, and it contains almost every neurotransmitter that can be found in the brain, including peptides that are closely related to antidepressants. Natural pain relievers are widely distributed in our skin, which may explain why massage is such a powerful mood enhancer.

In Ayurveda, therapeutic massage is one of the most enjoyable and healing treatments. The skin, after all, is the largest organ in the body, and it contains almost every neurotransmitter that can be found in the brain, including peptides that are closely related to antidepressants. Natural pain relievers are widely distributed in our skin, which may explain why massage is such a powerful mood enhancer.

Therapeutic massage not only makes us feel good, it offers many healing benefits, including:

Improved muscle tone
Reduced blood pressure
Enhanced circulation
Restful sleep
Detoxification
Rejuvenated skin

During an Ayurvedic massage treatment, the therapist uses herbalized oils customized for an individual’s unique mind-body constitution or dosha. The pressure of the massage strokes is also based on one’s dosha.

For Vata types, massages are relatively gentle, using warm, heavy oils such as sesame or almond. Those who are predominantly Pitta benefit from deeper massages with cooling oils such as coconut, sunflower, or olive. Kaphas do best with a stimulating, vigorous massage with light oils such as sunflower or safflower, or warmer oils such as mustard or almond.

Ayurveda prescribes oil massage as an essential part of our daily routine. While most of us are unlikely to get a professional massage treatment every day, we can benefit from the healing power of loving touch by giving ourselves a daily self-abhyanga massage.

Touch is fundamental to health and wellbeing

When stimulated through therapeutic touch or massage, the skin releases a pharmacy of healing chemicals that have health-promoting effects on the physiology. In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increase circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function.

A daily self-massage (self-Abhy) with aromatherapy massage oils, known in Ayurveda as an Abhyanga,is one of the most important tools in Ayurveda to activate your inner pharmacy and slow the aging process. Depending upon your unique mind body type (dosha), your massage technique should be gentle or more vigorous.

Step by Step

Begin by running some hot water over the bottle to gently warm the oil.

Pour a tablespoon of warm oil onto your scalp and vigorously work in the oil.

Using your fingertips, vigorously massage your head and scalp with small circular strokes, as if you are shampooing.

Move to your face and ears, massaging more gently.

Using an open hand to create friction, massage both the front and back of the neck.

Vigorously massage your arms, using a circular motion at the shoulders and elbows, and back-and-forth motions on the upper arms and forearms.

When massaging your chest and stomach, use a gentle circular motion and a straight up-and-down motion over the breastbone.

After applying a bit of oil to both hands, gently reach around to the back and spine and massage them as well as you can without straining.

Vigorously massage your legs as you did your arms, using circular motions at the ankles and knees, back-and-forth motions on the long parts.

After massaging your legs, spend extra time on your feet. Using the open part of your hand, massage vigorously back and forth over the soles of the feet.

Wash with warm, not hot water using Adara Hair & Body Wash.

Keeping a thin, almost imperceptible film of oil on the body is considered very beneficial for toning the skin and warming the muscles throughout the day.

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