Abhyanga is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by Ayurvedic doctors in order to promote overall health and well-being. The prefix “Abhi” means “into or towards” and “ang” has a root meaning of “movement’. So “Abhyanga” means to move energy into the body whilst moving toxins towards the body’s eliminatory systems.
This is a gentle but firm warm oil massage during which 2 practitioners work in synchronized harmony to activate and gently awake the entire body. Special herb-infused Ayurvedic oils are slowly warmed up and gently massaged into the skin. Oils are sterile before use and are chosen according to the clients’ prakruti (psychosomatic constitution or dosha) .
The massage is deeply relaxing and harmonizes, detoxifies, strengthens and revitalizes the entire body. The massage also improves lymph flow and stimulates the immune system. Furthermore, whilst providing a tired person with new energy, it simultaneously calms and strengthens the nervous system. After the procedure the person is directed to take a herbal steam bath followed by a hot shower.
Duration of the treatment: 45-60 minutes
|Pacifies Vata dosha|
|Provides resistance against disease and disharmony|
|Improves complexion and luster of the skin|
|Provides resistance against injuries and gives power to recover quickly|
|Subsides ailments caused by Vata dosha and Kapha dosha|
|Increases physical strength|
Abhyangam is also an important and integral part of Panchakarma procedure as pre-operative procedure. Here the oil is applied to the entire body with a particular type of massage which helps the toxins to move towards the gastrointestinal tract. This also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple.
As pitcher becomes resistant and firm by smearing oil, the skin and body become strong , bright and resistant to pain and exertion; the obstructing Vata dosha is calmed down by applying the oil.
(Ref: Charaka Samhita sutrastana Chapter 5;Verse:85)