Abyanga , self massage.
I like to refer to Ayurveda as the medicinal arm of yoga, the science of living, comprising knowledge and wisdom. For a complete reference and more in-depth research please refer to Dr Vasant Lad’s books.
Self massage, sounds like a good idea, right?
The Ayurveds would agree. Practiced daily it is said to balance the energies of the body. In the science of Ayurveda the constitution is divided into three dosha, vata or air, pitta or fire, and kapha or earth. We are usually dominant in one but also overlapping into two of the constitutions. Dr Lad’s books can clarify for you which constitution you are, and give you a better understanding of how to relate this to your life.
Daily self massage is of great benefit to balance your particular constitution.
For me it is also an act of self care and love.
You can find detailed explanations and video content at the website of banyan botanicals.
In traditional Ayurvedic massage, a carrier oil specific to your constitution/ dosha would be infused with herbs that are beneficial to you. One would let this sit on the body for at least 20 minutes before showering. For example, I am pretty much of vata constitution, so a grounding warming mix of oils and herbs helps me come back to earth, allows me to be less spacy, this is good for me!
The skin is the first organ of contact, exposed to the elements, it is wonderful for the body to luxuriate in the various oils applied and on a daily basis very nourishing.
To self massage simply means to rub the oil into all of the skin, and you can take as much time as your schedule permits. As I said for the benefit it is better to let the oil soak into the skin for at least 20 minutes. One has to simply work out a routine that works for you.
Girlfriend lube is tridoshic, which means it’s good for all of the constitutions. So your handy tube may be a good place to start for this beautiful practice, and also terrific if you are traveling and you don’t have your personalized large containers of oils with you.
For your personal constitutional oil go to banyan botanicals as they have a wonderful, well trusted and researched collection that you can choose from.
Abyanga……self massage, add a little love to your daily routine and feel the benefits to mind, body, spirit.
Abyanga , self massage.