In today’s blog post I`m going to share with you my favorite winter time self-care method. Which is Ayurveda self-massage – called Abhyanga. Luxurious and balancing full body warm oil massage, which you do yourself. It`s no secret that I love a little luxury and I love to take care of my body in a mindful way.
It calms nervous system and therefore it is a perfect treatment to highly sensitive persons or if you feel the stress of a busy life.
It helps you get connected with your body and touch increases the production of the hormone oxytocin in your brain.
It has been said that abhyanga is like an “experience of being loved” and I really do sign it. I feel wonderful every time I do this massage. What could be the better way to show compassion for yourself than this beautiful balancing treat?
In my country, Finland, winters are cold and I especially enjoy this treatment during winter. I highly recommend to take this to your morning routines, it will take about half an hour to do it. Or other great idea is do it, for example, two weeks every morning if you have particularly stressful life at the moment. Repetition and continuity will give you the best results and benefits from this nurturing massage.
Sometimes we think that we don`t have time to do things, but think about that taking care of yourself first is where everything good rises in your life.
When I fall into a trap ” I don`t have time” I remind myself:
If I don`t have time to enjoy my life and do what makes me happy and healthy – what is the point of my life then?
HOW TO DO IT
Make the moment rush free, light some candles to lift up your spirit and use warm room.
You can choose a Dosha Oils which have specific ayurvedic herbs for your own dosha or for example, use a coconut oil and put a few drops of essential oils with it. Massage your body about a 15 -20 minutes.
Pour the quantity you need oil into a cup and heat it in the hot water container. Oil should be comfortably warm and not hot.
Take a shower after the massage.
* ATTENTION *
WATCH OUT FOR SLIPPING on oily feet!
TIP * put shampoo on your dry hair, it will remove the oil better.