How To Give Yourself An Abhyanga Ayurvedic Self-Massage

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:

Ayurveda Oil Massage

  1. Place the small bottle in hot water for a few minutes (or refrigerator).
  2. Stand on a towel in your bathroom.
  3. You can skip your head massage if you don’t feel like washing your hair.
  4. Message in a clockwise direction, starting with neck, hands, navel, moving towards feet.
  5. Use long, downward strokes along with the muscles and circular movement on your joints.
  6. You can leave the oil on your body or wash it away with warm water, with or without soap.
  7. 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.

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