What is Abhyangam ?
In Ayurveda, the Abhyangam massage has become popular because of its effective way of conditioning the body. Abhyangam can be used therapeutically. The massage is designed around each individual, to suit his or her disease or condition. An ayurvedic physician can assess this and will then decide on the appropriate oils and the exact way of massage.
Why Abhyangam ?
Human body is characterized by 3 basic doshas namely ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’and ‘Kapha’. The basic tenet of Ayurveda is that their careful balance is essential to good health.
Vata is the dosha that influences other doshas in the body. The imbalance in Vata is due to constant exposure to pollutants such as dust and chemicals as also due to bad living habits. This leads to problems such as insomnia (disturbed sleep), body aches, stress, dry skin, brittle and lusterless hair, wrinkling of skin, creaking joints, general debility. One of the easiest ways to bring ‘Vata’ under control is by regular ‘Abhyangam’ or oil massage. Hence, just like the life and strength of an earthen pot or a wheel is increased with regular lubrication, our body tissues get strengthened by regular application of oil.
Benefits of Abhyangam
Regular oil massage increases circulation and thus prevents aging of the skin, tones muscles, improves growth and immunity, prevents creaking of joints, reduces body numbness and excess fat. The natural vitamins and minerals in the oil help in rejuvenation and thus helps maintain a smooth skin and give luster to the hair. Constant application on children is known to enhance their growth and bring about good health.
Abhyangam can increase the production of white blood corpuscles and antibodies, which provide more resistance against viruses and diseases. This helps the defense mechanism in the body and increases immunity towards environmental changes. In this way abhyangam massage is a protector, preserver and a rejuvenator, increasing self-confidence and will power. To massage is to exercise the nervous system.