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"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: Sutrasthana: V: 88-89
"Abhyanga should be resorted to daily. It wards off old age, exertion and aggravation of vata."— Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana: II: 8-9
The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. Both experiences can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Sneha—oil and love—is sukshma, or “subtle.” This allows it to pass through minute channels in the body and penetrate deep layers of tissue.
Ayurveda teaches that there are seven dhatus, or layers of tissue in the body. Each is successively more concentrated and life-giving. It is taught that for the effects of sneha to reach to the deepest layer, it should be massaged into the body for 800 matras, roughly five minutes. If we consider that the entire body needs this kind of attention, a 15-minute massage is the suggested minimum amount of time.
Herbal oils specific to your constitution or current condition are especially good choices for full body massage. Specific oil recommendations for each dosha are listed in the dosha-specific abhyanga sections below. If you don't know your prakriti or vikriti, take the Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz.
Sometimes your brain needs a massage, too!
Benefits of applying oil to the feet (padaghata):
Massaging one's feet with oil is a simple, do-it-yourself treatment that helps ground energy and supports sound, restful sleep.
Massaging oil into the human organism imparts a tone and vigor to its tissues in the same manner as water furnishes the roots of a tree or a plant with the necessary nutritive elements, and fosters its growth, when poured into the soil where it grows. The use of oil at a bath causes the oil to penetrate into the system… and thus soothes and invigorates the body with its own essence.
When NOT to Do Abhyanga
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11 December 2018
It's good however room for improvement can add like menthol or Kapur to feel the bath .