According to Ayurveda, massage is known as abhyanga.The word ‘abhyanga‘ is derived from two Sanskrit words, abhi,and anga. Abhi means ‘towards’ and anga refers to ‘movement.’ It is also called Relaxing Body Massage Therapy.
Abhyanga is a coordinated massaging of the body towards the movement of arterial blood flow.
In a way, it means massaging the body in the direction of the body hair.
The scientific reason is to increase blood flow.
Abhyanga is performed using oil, herbal powder, herbal paste, or ghee.
It also forms an integral part of snehana. It is an essential introduction to panchakarma treatments, the five Ayurvedic detoxification therapies.
Abhyanga prepares the body for panchakarma and helps to mobilize the dosha or morbidity from the periphery toward the core to get them eliminated through the body orifices.
Abhyanga soothes Vata dosha. Pitta and Kapha doshas can be pacified with a massage using different massage mediums like ghee and herbal powders, respectively.
Abhyanga is considered an essential treatment for balancing the dosha.
At Sahaja Ayurveda hospital, we would take patients into a deep relaxation state with this full-body massage. This therapy involves seven different sitting and lying down postures. It begins with application of Warm oil all over the body.
Patients experience strengthened muscles, improved circulation, blood flow. This treatment reduces headaches and stiffness in the body.
- This therapy tones the muscles and the whole physiology.
- It calms the nerves besides lubricating the joints and increases mental alertness.
- This therapy also boosts circulation, especially to nerve endings.
- It removes impurities from the body. It also detoxifies the body and makes the skin soft and smooth.
- It leads to better endurance.
This therapy can improve sleep, manage varicose veins, and improve vision—this therapy aids in reducing unwanted body heat and relieves cracked and dry feet.
Abhyaghnam is a part of the daily routine suggested by Ayurveda.Helps for pain relief, stiffness, and tiredness.