Abhyangam – The gift from India
Abhyangam or Abhyanga is a form of Ayurvedic body massage taking its roots from the ancient Ayurveda techniques. It is aimed at nullifying the negative energy and detoxifying the human body, mind and soul. Under Ayurvedic technique this massage also follows scientific roots and is treated as medicinal. Ayurveda works on the principles of identifying the negative energy. The format of the massage follows upon the principles on doshes and energy chakras. Primarily there are 3 doshes that can be cured with Ayurvedic Abhyangam massage. They are identified as:
- Vata Dosha:
You feel cold and have a very dry skin. The person suffering from this dosha suffers from anxiety and sleeplessness. Warm Sesame oil should be used.
It should be practiced before taking a shower or a bath, in the morning or at night. Make sure the room where it is practiced is warm and comfortable. If practiced in the morning before taking a shower or a bath, it induces release of toxins that have acquired overnight. If it is practiced at night then it promotes good sleep.
- Pitta Dosha:
You feel warm or hot most of the time and suffer from all sorts of skin inflammations. The person suffering from this dosha usually is hotheaded and often ends up with frustration. Sunflower oil or Coconut oil should be used. Abhayangam should be practiced in the morning. Oil should be applied to the scalp and feet before sleep.This helps the body to cool down.
- Kapha Dosha:
The person with this dosha is overweight and have a very sluggish metabolism. Sesame seed oil or almond oil or olive oil can be used. Dry skin brushing is recommended for this kind. It promotes smooth skin and energy.
- When not to practice Abhyanga:
– When pregnant
– If one has cuts or bruises
– During menstrual cycle
– Advised otherwise by your doctor
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