How to Do Abhyanga Self-Massage at Home

Updated: Sep 29

Abhayangha, a type of massage done with warm oil, can nourish your body and improve your overall wellness. Best of all, you can learn how to do Abhayangha self-massage at home. Daily Abhayangha practice can boost your energy levels and help you keep the doshas in balance.

Choosing the Right Oils

Before you can make Abhayangha daily practice a part of your life, you'll need to select the best oil to use for your massage. Nourishing cold-pressed oils can penetrate the skin, providing many benefits. Coconut oil and black sesame oil can both be effective options.

However, you're likely to get the best results by using medicated oils that are specific to your unique needs. Saumya Ayurveda can help you to create a customized Ayurveda plan that addresses your health concerns. Schedule a free consultation to learn more.

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How to Do Abhayangha Self-Massage at Home

Before starting your massage, you'll need to warm up your oil. You can heat the oil on a stove or use an oil warmer. Make sure that the oil is warm rather than hot. It should feel soothing when you place the oil on your skin.

Place your fingers in the oil and slowly massage it into the crown of your head, using clockwise motions. From there, move on to your ears, your face, and the neck. When massaging your neck, it's best to move your fingers in an upward motion.

If you have the time, you can continue to massage the rest of your body. Massage the oil into your chest, stomach, and back, using circular motions. From there, massage your arms and hands before moving on to your legs and feet.

Self-Abhayangha can take time, which is why you don't need to do a full massage every day. Make use of the time you have and focus on the parts of your body that need nourishment. Always use a light touch during self-massage. This is a more effective way to pacify your vata dosha.

After Your Massage

Once your massage is complete, you'll want to leave the oil on your body for around 15-20 minutes. If you are using a medicated oil, you may want to keep it on your skin for as long as 45 minutes.

After that, however, you'll need to wipe or wash the oil off. The oil will be removing toxins from your body, and you'll want to make sure that your body doesn't re-absorb those toxins. The process should leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.

Once you know how to do Abhanyanga self-massage at home, you can make this practice a part of your daily routine. If you'd like to learn more about Abhanyanga daily practice, or if you are interested in medicated oils for self-massage, Saumya Ayurveda can help. Reach out to find out more.

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