abhyanga is the ancient anointing of the body with oil.  if possible, self-massage should be done daily for 15 minutes.  benefits of self-massage are: nourishes the body, decreases the effects of aging, strengthens the body's tolerance, increases circulation, increased longevity and much more. for vata dosha, daily self-massage is calming to the nervous system and grounding when feeling scattered.  

 

this blend is made with organic sunflower oil, warming and uplifting theraputic grade essential oils of rosemary, sweet orange, cedar, eucalyptus, and basil. 

 

how to use: warm oil in a bowl or sink of hot water while you prepare your massage area.  i suggest a quiet space away from any distractions.  put your cell phone away, and all electronics off.  these next 15 minutes are for you and your self-care routine.  spread one or two towels down, find a comfortable seat and just begin to notice your breathing.  after a few deep and calming breaths, you can begin your massage by pouring a little of the warm oil into your palm.  rubbing palms togther and beginning at your feet, begin massaging the oil into your skin.  from your feet and toes, move up your shin, knees, thighs, belly, chest, arms, neck (upward strokes only), face, and finally your scalp.  using long stokes on the body and circular massage on your joints.  make sure to massage the bottom of your feet, your palms, and in between your fingers and toes.  after you are covered in oil, find a comfortable seat for several minutes;  eyes closed and focused on your breath.  notice the bright and uplifting feeling surrounding you.  from here, slowly make your way to the shower, dry brushing (using a washcloth, dry brush, or silk gloves) the excess oil and then taking your normal shower. 

 

for days that you don't have time for a full abhyanga session, just massage your hands and feet after you wake, for a similar uplifiting effect.  

kapha abhyanga massage oil

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