Abhyangam is a therapeutic method in Ayurveda. It comprises systematic and organized body massages which aims in healing. Abhyanga is recommended for comprehensive health and well-being. It acts as a main recharger and rejuvenator of mind and body, by melting accumulated stress and toxins.
It is useful in correction of body system functions, debility, obesity, loss of skin lustre, insomnia and weariness.
Based on the nature of the illness, special types of oil massage with various strokes are given for 45 minutes per day for 7-14 days.
Medicated oils are used for Abhyangam. Oil carries out these actions in the body:
- It destroys vata.
- Softens, lubricates, and removes reserved wastes.
These actions bring up a very significant “releasing function” in the body. Toxins and metabolic wastes accumulate in the body channels. Medicated oil massage optimizes the functioning of these channels by its loosening, smoothing, softening, and cleansing action. This aids in curing the illnesses.
Abhyangam improves circulation, vision, optimizes health, and improves skin lustre, reducing the ageing process of the body. It also helps in toning of the muscles and the entire physiology, calming the nervous system, lubricates the joints and with attention being paid too many subtle healing aspects, makes it a complete healing modality.
Abhyanga for the head: nourishes the hair, soothes the sense organs, provides sound sleep, and can relieve various kinds of headaches, early greying or balding of the hair.
Abhyanga for the body: nourishes the body; firms, nourishes and smoothes the skin. Mainly useful for Vata disorders, strengthens the body’s tolerance, increases longevity, and imparts firmness and strength to the body.
Abhyanga for the feet: nourishes the skin, avoids dryness/cracking of the soles of the feet, relieves exhaustion and numbness of the feet, calms Vata, supports clearness of vision, and improves tone and blood flow.