· it stimulates circulation
· enhances the complexion
· relieves fatigue
· assists in detoxification of impurities from the body
· increases stamina
· calms the nerves
· lubricates the joints
· stimulates hair growth on scalp
· helps you sleep better (& we could all use more of that these days!)
· Increases muscle tone
· softer, smoother skin
Choose Your Oil
Need more reasons to become a glistening body oil goddess? Our body oils take the Abhyanga practice up a notch by including gotu kola extract, known to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, scars and skin damage and Vitamin C rich kakadu plum and amla oil, known to brighten and firm skin for an even, all over glow.
Aum Body Oil With organic lavender essential oil, Aum is ideal for that soul-body-mind calming effect we all love.
Kapha Body Oil Kapha has a warming, energizing effect with stimulating orange, warming cinnamon and clove for an invigorating self-massage.
Before you start your Ayurvedic self-massage, take a moment to quiet your mind. Start the massage with awareness, giving your full attention to each stroke. The more attention, love and awareness you deliver with each stroke, the more effective the practice is. Abhyanga can be done at any time but we recommend it immediately after the shower to help rehydrate skin and protect it during the winter season.
You’re supposed to start by massaging at the very top of your body with your forehead, temples, cheeks, jaw and even your ears and earlobes. This should be done in an upward circular motion. Long strokes are to be used on the arms and legs and circular strokes on the elbow and knees massaging in the direction of the heart. The abdomen and chest should be massaged in clockwise circular strokes. Lastly, the ritual is completed with loving attention to your feet. Upon completion of the massage it is recommended that you allow the oil time to absorb and penetrate into the deeper layers of the body to more fully benefit from the practice.
Ideally, about 10 minutes should be spent each morning on the massage. However, if this time is not available on a particular day, it is better to do a very brief massage than to skip it altogether.
If simply hearing about all of these benefits isn’t enough to turn you into a self-care practicing, body oil devotee, then just try it once. Because we’re sure that once you try this luxuriously relaxing ritual, you won’t ever want to go back to lotion again.