THE ABHYANGA RITUAL
Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic term for lovingly oiling the body. Practicing abhyanga regulary provides a profound feeling of stability, strength and well-being. This is in such a literal sense that the Sanskrit word sneha translates to “oil” and/or “love”, therefore, snehana “to oil oneself”, also means “to love oneself”.
Through the daily practice of Abhyanga, one restores balance to the three doshas, massages the lymphatic system, increases circulation, improves skin tone & balance, increases stamina, calms the nerves and counteracts the effects of aging.
“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”
Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89
How To Perform a Self-Abhyanga
Regular massage & loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, nourishes the skin, calms the mind, & enhances immune function.
- Begin by placing your PAAVANI Body Oil in hot water until it becomes a pleasant temperature.
- Lovingly massage oil into body for 10-15 minutes, beginning at extremities & working towards center of body.
- Vigorously massage feet & hands using back-and-forth motions with the open part of your hand.
- Massage arms & legs with circular strokes on joints, & long, back-and-forth strokes on limbs.
- Massage abdomen using clockwise motion, following the Direction of large intestine & colon.
- Massage chest with small, upward, circular motions, starting on bottom of breastbone and making way up to collarbone & also around outside of breasts.
- Massage back as well as you can. You can use a downward stroke on lower back to help increase downward flow of energy.
- Once you have massaged your entire body, let oil penetrate into skin for as long as you can & then enjoy a warm bath or shower.