By Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre (IVAC)
Need of Today - The Ancient Wisdom of Ayurveda.
No other healing tradition practices a massage that compares with the Abhyanga technique. As a treatment, it connects all levels accessible through touch, from the most subtle spiritual to the most intensely physical one.
The Abhyanga massage is representative of the compassionate four-armed God of Health, Lord Dhanvantari, the Hindu Lord of Ayurvedic medicine. When the massage is given by therapists as opposed to a self-massage, it always involves two therapists performing a synchronous full body treatment.
The oils used can vary according to the season and the individual's constitution. Place about 1⁄4-1⁄2 cup of oil into a heatproof bowl, and place the bowl of oil in a pan of hot water until the oil is pleasantly warm to the touch; never heat the oil directly.
Drizzle the warmed oil over your entire body. Rub some of the oil over your head too. A gentle, daily oil massage of the scalp helps prevent headaches, hair loss, premature greying, and a receding hairline.
When you reach the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine; moving up on the right side of the stomach, then across, then down on the left side. Additionally oiling your feet will help induce sound sleep and help to keep the skin soft.
A thorough Abhyanga massage should take up to 10 to 15 minutes, but shouldn't be a trial and the technique should be practised with awareness, patience and love. Once a week devote a little extra time and attention to massaging the oil into your scalp, ears, and feet.