Ways to meet with yourself body, mind and spirit are diverse. It can be through meditation, reflection and much Touch in yourself. This is the principle for Abhyanga self practiced and sometimes called massage or oil. The benefits are diverse and performing the practice every day is essential – and precisely for that reason, even though it can be done by someone else, creating the habit of self abhyanga is essential.
BUT WHAT IS?
Come on, Abhyanga it is one of the therapeutic practices of Ayurvedic medicine that consists of making the body oil. For that, the touch of the skin is performed, like a massage, but without exactly the purpose of massaging, using vegetable oils.
What happens is that the practice becomes a ritual. You have a right time, an appropriate time, specific oils for each moment and your hands are used lovingly, as if you were greasing the skin and giving it a possibility of vital energy flow. It is believed that the skin, the largest organ in the body, has the ability to treat imbalance body and mind.
BENEFITS OF ABHYANGA
In addition to practicing touch, improving self-knowledge and bringing more tangible and direct benefits, almost as a time to take care of yourself, abhyanga has the power to preserve the body’s energy while strengthening our connection points and to remove Like toxins. That is, the aid is directly in delivering good fluids and energies so that the body eliminates excess and, thus, promotes balance.
The moment these toxins are eliminated the body becomes more available and with another perception of the world. This improves the connection with nature, health and the search for happiness. And of course, the balance between the vata, pitta and khapa doshas. Ideally, it should be done daily, as a routine practice, called a dinacharya.
HOW TO PRACTICE
The practice is directly related to doshas. Therefore, it is important, first of all, to know your dosha and consult with an ayurveda doctor to indicate the best oil and application form. However, there are some practices that can be applied or at least learned.
The ideal time is to do the oiling in the morning, before performing physical activities and thus increase the action of oil with body heat. The application can be done with duration of 30 minutes to 1 hour, with different forms of “pressure”On the skin, indicated by a specialist for each body. To experiment, massage, touch and get to know your own body, using the oils always warm and removing the skin after the time of “massage”.
It is recommended to use oils vegetables with the same ingredients that can be ingested by your dosha: coconut oil, sesame, mustard, almonds, nuts, olive, etc. For Kapha dosha, mustard oil is usually used; for Pitta, coconut and sunflower; and for Vata, sesame, almonds.
Before applying oils it is important to remember that abhyanga is characterized as a treatment ayurveda doctor. Therefore, as already stated in the text, the forms of application, time and suitable oils vary according to each person. Consult a specialist it is essential to get better results.
The use of some oils in the wrong way can cause imbalance doshas and cause the so-called “indigestion”Of oils. More than that, some oils need more care when in contact with the sun and it is necessary to research about each one of them before using. Taking proper care and following the guidelines, the practice is very worthwhile: it helps to find the balance for a more healthy and loving.
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