Health as per Ayurveda – The concept of “Right Living”

 

Ayurveda emphases on the concept of ‘right living’ as the core of good health. Each acharya of Ayurveda prescribes that we if follow certain daily and seasonal routines, diseases will be a rarity.
Pillars of right living
  • Dinacharya – A prescribed daily routine.
  • Ritucharya – Lifestyle modifications as per the seasons.
  • Ahara Niyama – Following certain guidelines for eating.
If Dinacharya, Ritucharya and Ahara Niyama are followed, 85% of diseases can be avoided.

 

 

Abhyanga

 

Abhyanga is the practice of application of medicated oils on the body and massaging. It is one of the prescribed DINACHARYAS or daily routines in ayurveda.
Right from the first Ayurvedic text named the Agnivesha Samhita, the practice of Abhyanga has been given utmost important as a useful daily routine.
The immense benefits of abhyanga are very clearly mentioned in the classical text Ashtanga Hridayam. Ashtanga Hridayam is one of the three most important texts of Ayurveda known as the BHARAT TRAYIS.
Ashtanga Hridayam says

 

Applying oil in the direction of our body and massaging every day,
  • Ideal to be performed daily (NITYA)
  • It delays ageing (JARA)
  • Relieves tiredness (SMARA)
  • Relieves excessive vata (ACHES and PAINS)
  • Improves Vision – (DRISHTI PRASADA )
  • Nourishes tissues – PUSTHI
  • Prologs life (AYU)
  • Induces good sleep (SWAPNA)
  • Improves skin tone and complexion (SUTVAKTVA)
  • Helps in maintaining a healthy physique (DARDYAKRIT)
Source:Ashtanga Hridayam. Sutra 2.8

 

How does Abhyanga Work?

As per Ayurveda there are absorption points at the end of blood vessels names SROTAS. The oil when massaged into the skin, get absorbed and the medicinal properties enter the bloodstream via the srotas.

 

What is a good time for a massage?

The Ideal time for a massage is morning before shower.

 

How to perform an Abhyanga?

  1. Take warm abhyanga oil.
  2. Apply the oil to your whole body, including the top of your head. Massage the oil into your scalp, moving in circular motions.
  3. Continue to your forehead, ears, cheeks, and jaws.
  4. Massage your chest and abdomen, moving in clockwise and circular strokes. On your trunk, massage inward along your ribs.
  5. Continue to your back and butt. Massage in straight, long motions on your arms and legs. Move in circular motions on your joints.
  6. Massage your feet, including your toes and soles.
  7. Relax for 10 minutes to let your skin absorb the oil.
  8. Take a warm bath or shower. Use a gentle cleanser to remove the oil.

 

Tips for abhyanga self-massage

For an enjoyable self-massage, follow these tips:
  • Make sure the oil is warm but not too hot.
  • Use an old towel to catch the oil stains.
  • Take your time on each body part.
  • After massaging your soles with oil, be careful when walking. The oil could make you slip.
  • Use a clean towel when you get out of the shower.
  • Do an abhyanga self-massage daily for optimal results.

 

When not to perform Abhyanga?

Avoid an Abhyanga when you have high temperature.

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Author: Ranjith Vallathol is an Ayurvedic nutritionist and a holistic healer.