'Abhi' means all over and 'anga' means body. Abhyanga is the Sanskrit word for massage of the body with oil. The most popular massage in Ayurveda, Abhyanga, is done on the entire body with warm, healing medicated oils, from the scalp to the soles of your feet. Oil when combined with massage strokes, is believed to promote overall health and well-being.
Abhyanga has been practiced for thousands of years. Abhyanga can be performed with the help of a massage therapist or you can do it yourself in the comfort of your home. Before doing it on your own, it is recommended to have a professional opinion as it helps to get maximum benefits for you.
Self-abhyanga can be practiced regularly with at least one monthly synchronized Abhyanga therapy by a qualified Panchakarma technician.
Selection of oils
Oil selection is based on individual constitution, imbalances, and influences of the season. Sesame oil and coconut oil are the oils used traditionally for daily self-abhyanga.
Coconut oil cools the system and is suitable for late spring, summer, and early fall days. It is best for pitta skin type which is sensitive and overheated.
Sesame oil warms the system and is best for late fall, winter, and early spring days. Individuals with vata skin type should use it.
Those who have kapha skin type and oily skin can use almond oil for abhyanga.
In traditional Ayurvedic oils, the carrier oil is blended with healing herbs to enhance its benefits. This mix is beneficial for a particular body type or it addresses specific imbalances.
Abhyanga Massage Steps
Forehead, temples, jaws, cheeks, lower lip, upper lip, and chin should be massaged with upward circular strokes. Ears and earlobes should also be massaged.
Then, from the bottom of the neck, massage should be done towards the chin, and shoulders should be massaged from inside to out, with strong circular motions on shoulder joints.
Massage the abdomen and chest in a clockwise circular motion.
For arms and legs, use long strokes and short strokes for joints. Start from the hands or feet towards shoulder or thighs.
The upper and lower parts of your hands and feet should be massaged in rhythmic strokes. Massage your sole or palm in small circular strokes with your thumb. Each toe or finger should be massaged separately.
Benefits of Abhyanga
There are a host of benefits from Abhyanga. Abhyanga revitalizes the body as a whole.
Abhyanga at Jeevess
The best Abhyanga massage in Kerala is offered at Jeevess. At Jeevess, there is a whole range of different therapeutic abhyangas based on the medicated oil and techniques of massage. A qualified and trained therapist performs the massage with the help of herb-infused Ayurvedic oils that best suit your body constitution and doshas.
Get revitalized with Abhyanga, at Jeevess.