Abhyanga - The Ayurvedic Massage
Abhyanga is the the act of love we show ourselves through the sense of touch and the application of nourishing oils. Abhyanga is pronounced as “ah-bih-yahn-gah”. In Ayurveda it is considered a form of oleation therapy. It is often an integral part of Panchakarma, the ultimate shodana chikitsa or purification therapy. Abhyanga brings equilibrium and balance to the dosha by using dosha-pacifying oils, touch, strokes, and manipulation of marma points.
Abhyanga & the Senses
Your Abhyanga experience should stimulate each of your five senses with teas, oils, aromas, music and lighting all chosen based on your dosha or unique constitution.
Smell: your Ayurvedic massage oil should contain carefully chosen essential oils to pacify your dosha and doshic imbalances
Taste: you should enjoy dosha-appropriate tea before and after your Abhyanga session
Sight: you should set a mood in your Abhygana environment with lighting and colors chosen to soothe your dosha
Sound: you should play dosha-appropriate music and chanting healing mantras during your Abhyanga session
Touch: you should use a dosha-appropriate Ayurvedic massage oil as well as dosha-appropriate pressure and strokes
“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.” - Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89
Ayurvedic Massage Oil
According to Ayurveda, the Ayurvedic massage oils used in Abhyanga are designed to deeply penetrate the skin to nourish the body, mind and spirit. When you apply Ayurvedic massage oil to your skin, it helps to provide a protective coating between you and the stresses of everyday life. Ayurvedic massage oil is very revered in Ayurveda. In fact the Sanskrit the word for "oil" sneha, is also the same word for "love." Thusly when we practice Abhyanga using our Ayurvedic massage oil, we are practicing at treatment of love.
It is important to choose an Ayurvedic massage oil that addresses your unique doshic constitution and doshic imbalances. Schedule an Ayurvedic Consultation with an Ayurvedic professional to determine what is the right Ayurvedic massage oil for you. However, for a generalized understanding of your dosha, take our dosha quiz.
If you are interested in the Five Prana Ayurvedic massage oils, click on the hyperlinks below to purchase our vata, pitta and kapha massage oils.
Vata Ayurvedic Massage Oil (dry/mature skin)