Ayurvedic Oil Massage

How can a ritual so luxuriously relaxing, so blissfully comforting as a full-body warm oil massage rev up your body and mind, gearing them for peak performance?

Here are some of the benefits traditionally associated with regular performance of abhyanga - the Ayurvedic oil massage

  • 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

How to Perform the Self-Massage

Perform self-massage in the morning prior to shower or bath using comfortably warm sesame oil (or herbalised oil as recommended by your Maharishi Ayurvedic Consultant).

Store your massage oil in a plastic flip-top bottle and warm it by sitting the container in a cup of hot water for a few minutes, or by running it under a hot tap.  Dip your fingertips into the warm oil or place a small amount in your palm and apply it lightly to the entire body starting from the scalp down.

Then massage the entire body, once again starting from the head and working downward to the soles of the feet.  Apply even pressure with the whole hand, palm and fingers.  Apply light pressure on sensitive areas such as the abdomen or the heart.  Use more oil and spend more time where nerve endings are concentrated, such as the soles of the feet and ears.

Massage head/ears for five minutes, torso and limbs for five minutes and feet for five minutes.  Ideally, allow the oil to be on the skin for 15-20 minutes before taking bath or shower.