Abhyangam 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 “Abhyangam” 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.
|Pacifies Vata dosha|
|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|