I had mentioned Abhyanga in my post on Slowing down. Abhyanga  is an Ayurveda  massage with oil. Abhyanga literary means to run or stroke one´s hand all over, all around the body in a gentle manner.


The oils detoxify as well as protect and nourish the body. The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to the effect of saturation with love. Both experiences can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort.

Abhyanga nourishes the skin, and gradually the tissues beneath. With habitual use of this technique, each of the dhatus is replenished. Dhatus are the 7 levels of bodily tissue that create the structure and make the functioning of bodily systems possible. On a slightly deeper level, physical and psychological tensions are eased. Abhyanga is recommended in Ayurveda as part of the daily ritual for wellness. It is recommended to do it in the morning 10-15 minutes before your shower. Massaging just your feet and scalp will benefit your whole body if you cannot do your whole body. The oils can be warmed by placing the amount you need in a little container and putting this in another container with hot water. Essential oils can be added according to body type.

Benefits of Abhyanga

  • Improves the complexion,
  • Makes the skin glow and prevents dry and rough skin,
  • Promotes better skin texture,
  • Improves blood circulation,
  • Pacifies the skin affections,
  • Improves physical strength and stamina,
  • Improves muscle strength and bulk,
  • Improves the nervous system. thereby preventing nervous disorders,
  • Improves digestion,
  • Relieves constipation,
  • Prevents aging

Oils recommended for the massage are sesame, olive and coconut.


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  2. miss*R said

    I use black sesame.. is that ok for a pitta? I think I am majority pitta but an unbalanced one.

  3. miss*R said

    another question: why before a shower and not after? thanks! xo

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