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Aromatherapy Self Care: Self Massage

By July 23, 2018 July 30th, 2018 Essential Oils
Aromatherapy Self Care Self Massage Abhyanga

Self Care- there is no greater expression of self-love than this. One of the best ways to treat your body is through a nourishing self-massage. In Ayurveda, there is a term for this daily practice: Abhyanga Massage. It can help you re-establish good energy and balance to your body, mind, and spirit. It is a nurturing way to connect with yourself while bringing comfort and warmth to your entire being. Self-massage is one of the aromatherapy treatments Certified Aromatherapists recommend to clients to do at home. It is one I have used with many of my patients at my wellness center for years. What you do for yourself will determine how you recover or restore your health.

Self-care is important. Remember, you cannot pour from an empty cup.  Put yourself in as a priority because if you don’t take care of yourself you end up breaking down, and everyone that is depending on you is left to fend for themselves. Take care of yourself the way that you do with the people you care about.

There are many benefits of self-massage with aromatic oils including:
  • Relaxing nervous tension
  • Relieving emotional rigidity
  • Relieving chronic  pain from muscular/joint aches
  • Increasing circulation
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Enhancing immunity
  • Relieving muscle spasms and tension
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Restoring balance and energy
  • Softening and soothing the skin
  • and much more…

The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age. -Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89

So what do you do?

At the end of the day when it’s time to wind down works well for most people. You will know when is the best time to press pause and take care of you. The important key is making the time for your self-care routines. Self-massage does not have to take that long. It can be from 5-20 minutes, depending on how much time you have.

Tips:
Make your massage oils ahead of time. You can make small 1oz batches and alternate them according to how you feel and what your body/mind needs.
Warm your massage oil by placing the oil bottle inside a bowl filled with warm water, until oil becomes pleasantly warm.
To perform self-massage: 
  • Sit in a warm room and apply oil generously all over your body.
  • Massage the oil into your body for 5-20 minutes. Starting at the extremities and working toward the middle of your body. Use long strokes on the limbs and circular strokes on the joints. Massage the abdomen and chest in broad, clockwise, circular motions. On the abdomen, follow the path of the large intestine; moving up on the right side of the abdomen, then across, then down on the left side. You may also massage your scalp with a nourishing scalp oil.
After your massage, you may want to take a warm bath and allow the oils to work into the muscles. You may also get in the shower and let the warm water (do not soap off) enhance absorption of oils. This is a common practice in Abhyanga massage. You will feel wonderful!

Note: If using the shower/bath after oil applications, don’t forget to wash the floor, to prevent a slip.

 

Here are sample body massage oil recipes you may try, or you can blend your own. You may also use your favorite Eternity Blend:
Blend with 1 oz Jojoba oil in an amber glass bottle.
Invigorating: 4 drops Basil, 4 drops, Rosemary, 4 drops Lime
Balancing: 4 drops Geranium, 5 drops  Lavender, 3 drops Grapefruit
Relaxing: 5 drops Lavender, 5 drops Chamomile, 2 drops Blue Tansy
Detoxifying: 4 drops Juniper, 3 drops Grapefruit, 4 drops Rosemary, 3 drops Lime
Scalp Conditioning: 1 drops Ylang Ylang, 1 drop Geranium, 1 drop Rosemary
Soothe your soul: 5 drops Palmarosa, 4 drops Geranium, 4 drops Helichryscum 

 

I hope this post encourages you to treat yourself like the people that mean most to you. 
 ? Namaste