How Abhyanga Oil Massage Can Transform Your Skincare RoutineDec, 12 2023
The Magic of Abhyanga Oil Massage Explained
If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I am always on the hunt for game-changing skincare routines, and boy, have I discovered something extraordinary! Enter Abhyanga oil massage – a beautiful remedy that has been hushed up in the skincare whispers. Let me tell you my lovelies, the whispers should be thunderous roars because this skincare secret is nothing short of miraculous.
Now, as a Mum, I am Up-to-my-elbows-in-glitter-and playdough busy, yes? We know that - Matteo and Shiloh keep me on my toes. And as women, we often tend to put ourselves last, skimping on self-care rituals. But trust me, once you incorporate Abhyanga into your skincare routine, it will become the most awaited part of your day.
Diving into Abhyanga: What exactly is it?
Abhyanga literally means 'oil massage', but it's not your typical Western-style massage. Originating from the ancient Indian system of Ayurveda, it is a deep, vigorous massage using warm oil infused with beneficial herbs. This self-massage technique has long been used for promoting overall health, longevity, adding radiance to the skin, and balancing mind and body energies. Talk about taking skincare to a whole new level!
Choosing the Right Oil
There's no such thing as a 'one size fits all' when it comes to Abhyanga oil. Ayurveda suggests different oils for individual body types, otherwise known as doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each dosha has unique characteristics and responds differently to various oils. For instance, sesame oil is perfect for calming Vata, coconut oil is recommended for cooling Pitta, and sunflower oil works wonders for balancing Kapha. Regardless of your dosha type, make sure your oil is of excellent quality and preferably organic.
The Abhyanga Massage Technique
So, how do you do it? The Abhyanga massage involves massaging the oil into your skin, starting from your extremities and working towards the centre of your body. Use long, sweeping strokes on your limbs and circular movements on your joints and chest. The rule of thumb is to apply the oil generously, let it penetrate into the skin, and enjoy the process. Trust me, your skin will thank you!
The Right Time to Practice Abhyanga
It is traditionally done in the early morning before your shower. If you are like me you're probably laughing and saying, "Yeah right, Tabitha!" True, it might seem impossible if you're juggling breakfast and backpack searching, but if you manage to spare those precious 15-20 minutes, you will undoubtedly see the benefits.
The Impact of Abhyanga on Skin Health
If you're after that natural glow, my dears, Abhyanga does wonders. The oil seeps into your skin, moisturising and nourishing it. Massaging the oil into your skin increases circulation, delivering vital nutrients, and improving the skin's overall health. Over time, you'll start noticing improved skin texture, fewer blemishes, and reduction in the signs of ageing. It literally renovations your skin from the inside out!
Why Abhyanga Transcends Typical Massages
Anyone who has tried the Abhyanga oil massage would tell you that it's a holistic treatment that goes beyond skin deep. It has a calming effect on the mind, aids in stress relief, and stimulates the body's natural detoxification processes … are you hooked yet? I certainly am!
Benefits Beyond the Skin
Beyond radiant skin, regular Abhyanga practice offers a slew of health benefits. It improves sleep quality, aids digestion, improves joint flexibility, and fosters a deep sense of calm and wellbeing. Matteo and Shiloh know well enough that happy Mum equals happy home!
How to Incorporate Abhyanga into Your Busy Lifestyle
Before you feel stressed thinking about squeezing another routine into your schedule, take a deep breath. While daily practice would be ideal, even doing it once or twice a week would still bring you noticeable benefits. Dedicate your weekend mornings to this self-care ritual and relish how it revives your skin and spirit. Self-care is not an indulgence; it's a necessity. So, here's to all of us discovering a skincare transformation with Abhyanga – a toast to glowing skin and an enriched soul.