Abhyanga — Oil massage — is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by this healing system for overall health and well-being. It is recommended to apply oil daily in the morning.
अभ्यङ्गं आचरेत् नित्यं, स जरा श्रमवातहा ।
द्र्ष्टि प्रसाद पुष्टि आयु: सुस्वप्न सुत्वक् दर्ढ्यकृत ॥
Abhyanga (Oil Massage) is nourishing, delays aging, relieves fatigue and pacifies Vata dosha (aches and pain). It improves vision, nourishes body tissues, prolongs age, induces good sleep and improves skin tone and complexion.
Here are some of the benefits associated with the regular performance of this pleasant daily ritual- Abhyanga
- Increased circulation
- Improve nerve endings vision
- Nourishes body tissues
- Prolongs age
- Induces good sleep
- Improves skin tone and complexion
- Lubrication of the joints
- Increased mental alertness
- Improved elimination of impurities from the body
- Better, deeper sleep at night
How does Oil Massage help?
Abhyanga provides the means for transdermal absorption of the healing qualities of the oil used in the massage. As a result, it helps the skin, the largest organ in the body to perform its diverse functions efficiently. Oil massage also helps to remove toxins from the body and to absorb nourishment by the body tissues.
Massage should be specially done on ears, head and legs. Massage should be avoided when there is an increase of Kapha in the body, soon after Shodhana (Panchakarma procedure) and during indigestion.
This article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. Abyangam or Oil massage is a recommended dinacharya (daily routine) for a healthy individual. If you have any health issue, contact our doctors to know how you can practice it. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.