Ayurveda Massage Abhyanga

  • Start by warming the specific oil in a bowl of boiled water. 
  • Use the open part of your hand, rather than your finger tips, to massage your entire body. 
  • In general, use circular motions over rounded areas (joints, head) and straight strokes over straight areas (neck, long bones). 
  • Apply moderate pressure over most of your body and light pressure over your abdomen and heart. 
  • Start with your head. Pour a small amount of oil on your hands and vigorously massage it into your scalp. 
  • Use the flat part of your hands, make circular strokes to cover your whole head. Spend more time massaging your head than other parts of the body. 
  • Move to your face and outer ears, remembering to apply a small amount of oil as you move from one part of your body to the next. 
  • Massage this area gently. 
  • Massage the front and back of your neck, and the upper part of your spine. 
  • At this point you may want to cover the rest of your body with a thin layer of oil to give maximum time for the oil to soak in. 
  • Vigorously massage your arms, using circular motion on your shoulders and elbows and long, back-and-forth strokes on your upper arms and forearms. 
  • Now massage your chest and abdomen. Use a very gentle, circular motion over your heart and abdomen. 
  • You can start in the lower right part of your abdomen and move clockwise toward the left lower part, to gently massage your intestines. Massage your back and spine the best you can. 
  • Massage your legs vigorously, using circular motions over your hips, knees and ankles. 
  • Use long straight over your thighs and calves. 
  • Finally massage your bottoms of your feet. As with the head, you can spend more time on this important area of your body. 
  • Use the palm of your hand to massage the soles vigorously. 
  • Allow absorption for 20 minutes before a warm bath or shower.

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