Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage

Abhyanga Ayurvedic warm oil massage
Abhyanga Ayurvedic warm oil massage
Abhyanga

Abhyanga is a special type of Ayurvedic warm oil massage that involves anointing oneself with healing dosha-specific oils. A Sanskrit term, abhyanga means "massaging the body's limbs" or "glowing body." It is derived from abhi, meaning "into" or "glow," and anga meaning "limb." Regular practice of abhyanga massage promotes overall health and longevity. It is especially good for balancing the various doshas, with particular benefits for those with a vata dosha imbalance.



Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage

Abhyanga — the ayurvedic oil massage — is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by Ayurveda for overall health and well-being. Abhyangam full body massage nourishes; pacifies the doshas; relieves fatigue; provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep; enhances the complexion and the luster of the skin; promotes longevity; and nourishes all parts of the body."

Ayurvedic Massage Benefits

  • Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
  • Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
  • Calming for the nerves
  • Lubrication of the joints
  • Increased mental alertness
  • Improved elimination of impurities from the body
  • Softer, smoother skin
  • Increased levels of stamina through the day
  • Better, deeper sleep at night



The ayurvedic massage is traditionally performed in the morning, before your bath or shower, to facilitate the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the previous night. You can use cured sesame oil, an herbalized massage oil, or an aroma massage oil.

Learn how to do Abhyanga Self Massage

Basic Principle Behind Ayurvedic Massage

The Ayurvedic massage techniques has certain basic theories of Ayurveda.One of such theories is that of Panchkarma- the five types of therapeutic measures. Ayurveda believes that any problem occuring to human body is the result of imbalance among the three toxins or “doshas”- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Panchakarma consists of five basic types of advanced treatment for balancing the vitiated Dosha from the body. Snehana or Massage is one of the subsidiary of Ayurvedic Panchakarma Treatment. It includes other Ayurvedic therapies such as Swedana or fomentation/sweating, Basti or medicated enemas, Virechana or purging through herbs, Vamana or vomiting with the help of herbs, Nasya or nasal administration of oils etc.