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
- Delays aging
- Removes fatigue
- Pacifies Vata dosha
- Improves eyesight
- Induces longevity
- Induces sleep
- 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.