I am a sucker for a good massage. And, there is nothing like a day spent in the spa with your favorite therapist. I try to schedule time each month to see one of my favorite therapists, however, it is a splurge. Yet, I can get a luxurious break with self-massage (Abhyanga) that comes from Ayurveda. Like dry-brushing, it is a part of my morning therapy. The self-massage moisturizes my skin. It feels nourishing, plush, and rejuvenating.
There is a science on how to mix oils based on the individual’s constitution. But, I will keep it simple for our purpose, that is ultimate wellness made easy!
I like my oils warm. However, if you live in a hot climate and feel over-heated, you can use cold oils. I used oils prescribed by my Ayurvedic doctor, Scott Gerson.
Also, I like mixing my own. The following are some options for you to choose:
1) Look for a qualified Ayurvedic doctor. The consultation with a doctor would cost anywhere between $200 to $500. If you have other issues, it might be a worthwhile investment. Scott Gerson is the only doctor I’ve ever seen. He is extremely qualified.
2) Make your own Self-Massage: mix 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and 4 tablespoons of olive oils (double or triple up so you can use it multiple times), add 5 drops of your favorite essential oils like lavender, bergamot, frankness or rose.
3) Buy pre-made: I use Tri-Doshic Massage Oil 34oz for $45.95. It lasts a long time.
Mix oils in a larger container and pour into a smaller glass container for daily usage.
Step-by-Step for Self Massage:
- Place the small bottle in hot water for a few minutes (or refrigerator).
- Stand on a towel in your bathroom.
- You can skip your head massage if you don’t feel like washing your hair.
- Message in a clockwise direction, starting with neck, hands, navel, moving towards feet.
- Use long, downward strokes along with the muscles and circular movement on your joints.
- You can leave the oil on your body or wash it away with warm water, with or without soap.
- You can try not to use soap; instead, dry with a towel.
Once you’ve learned the basics, play around with the ritual to make it your own. Add music, light a candle. And luxuriate in the goodness of oils before you rinse off.