What is Abhyanga Massage Therapy and what are its Benefits
“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.
If you have ever consulted or visited an ayurvedic practitioner, chances are you must have heard the term Abhyanga. Abhyanga Massage Therapy is a special type of Ayurvedic warm oil massage treatment that involves anointing oneself with warm ayurvedic oils specialized to balance the dosha of the person.
Abhyanga is Sanskrit Means Massages Directed towards the Limbs. It’s the combination of two Sanskrit words “Abhi” Meaning Towards or into and “Anga” meaning limbs. Ayurveda recommends the Abhyanga as a part of daily routine or dinacharya.
In Ayurveda, abhyanga is type of bahya snehana and is considered as important as how important “early to bed, early to rise” is. Daily massage therapies with medicated oils helps balance dosha, promotes good health and longevity of life.
Purpose & Importance of Abhyanga
Abhyanga is a four hand synchronized warm ayurvedic oil massage in specific directions in the body with special manoeuvres according to the dosha and body constitution of the person. Massages for and against the direction of flow can create multiple effects. Abhyanga Massage Therapy with the help of special oils relieves the cells and tissues from pain, stiffness and rejuvenates the system.
Abhyanga Massage Therapy Benefits
Abhyanga has been practised from centuries and its therapies have been perfectly written into ancient Ayurveda texts. Abhyanga has many benefits. Listing some of the major benefits we can get from a full-routine abhyanga massage therapy.
Increased circulation in the Body
The therapy causes an increase in effective circulation of blood in the entire system. This effective circulation helps stimulate the senses and activate internal processes. It strengthens immunity and mental alertness.
Calming for the nerves
Abhyanga calms and rejuvenates the senses. It helps maintain peace and tranquility by appeasing the senses. Abhyanga works on specific energy points or marmas in the body .The effect multiples itself when done on a regular basis. Abhyanga can very efficiently quell your anger & anxiety.
Lubrication of the joints
Scientifically abhyanga has been proven to reduce joint problems like osteoarthritis or sandhi vata. Abhyanga with special oils in the joints reduces pain and inflammation. Abhyanga causes remobilization of stiff cells around the joints.
Increased mental alertness
Increased effective circulation causes reduced B.P and increased metabolites in the body. Abhyanga boosts the metabolism, helps rejuvenate skin and smoothens the general functioning of the body. Abhyanga also improves the effective oxygen intake by the cells. This helps the general functioning of the body.
Improved elimination of impurities from the body
The Medicated Oils in Abhyanga helps in eliminating wastes from the body. Abhyanga Massage Therapy also helps reduce weight as the medicated oil acts as a fat burner and gets rid of excess fat in the skin.
Better, deeper sleep at night
Abhyanga before going to bed, revitalize and conciliate the cells. The warm oil massage heals, calms the cells and ends the ruction in sleeping cycle.
Abhyanga Massage therapy is both therapeutic and relaxing in nature. It is also given as a part of purvakarma in panchakarma treatments. It releases tension, nourishes and rejuvenates cells for a mind-body balance. To get authenctic ayurvedic abhyanga massage therapy experience, kindly book an appointment with us!
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