Ayurvedic massage has tremendous benefits to the mind, body, skin and immune system. Herbal oils are selected as per individual needs. Abhyanga pacifies Vata dosha qualities like lightness, instability, and dryness, brings lustre to the skin, gives physical strength and slows down ageing.
Abhyanga is a coordinated massaging of the body towards the movement of arterial blood flow.
In a way, it means massaging the body in the direction of the body hair.
The scientific reason is to increase blood flow.
Abhyanga is performed using oil, herbal powder, herbal paste, or ghee.
It also forms an integral part of snehana. It is an essential introduction to panchakarma treatments, the five Ayurvedic detoxification therapies.
Abhyangam is performed over a specially designed wooden table (Droni) by trained masseurs. The sesame oil, one of Ayurvedic medicine near me processed with various herbs is selected based on person’s doshic type. An Ayurvedic physician can access this and decide the appropriate oils and exact way of massage. The massage begins after offering prayers. Lukewarm oil is applied followed by a body massage in 7 different postures. They are- Sitting, Supine, Right lateral, Lying face down, Left lateral, Supine and Sitting. After the procedure, the person is directed to take an herbal steam bath followed by a hot shower.
As mentioned by the Brhat Trayi and Laghutrayi Ayurvedic texts, the Abhyangam massage is a part of daily practices that one should follow to maintain well-being and good health. It also acts as a prelude to Panchakarma treatment in Hyderabad, the five-step method of purgation and elimination that intensively detoxifies the body.
Ayurvedic classical texts state that Abhyangam when performed daily has following benefits:
Abhyangam is also an important and integral part of Panchakarma procedure as pre-operative procedure. Here the oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastrointestinal tract. This also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple. As pitcher becomes resistant and firm by smearing oil, the skin and body become strong , bright and resistant to pain and exertion; the obstructing Vata dosha is calmed down by applying the oil.