How to do Abhyanga, Ayurvedic self oil massage

Susan Pulley, Tips & Techniques

23 April 2015

Warm oil self-massage provides so many benefits. Here’s how to give yourself a luxurious Ayurvedic Abhyanga self-massage. Use a herbal oil selected for your constitution or complaints. Alternately, use untoasted sesame seed oil in fall, winter, spring.

Vata constitutions can continue to use sesame in the summer. Pittas can switch to sunflower at any time of year, but in northern climates in spring. Summer for Pitta means coconut oil! Kaphas need to alternate dry brushing and doing self-massage with sesame or a sesame/mustard blend.

  1. Pour 2-3 tablespoons into a small glass jar with a lid.
  2. Place that into a bowl of hot water, or baby bottle warmer.

Work a thin layer of warm oil all over the body, emphasizing any painful or weak areas. Give special attention to the abdomen (going the direction of the large intestine), head, and feet. Treat yourself to some circles at the heart center (center of the sternum).

How to do Abhyanga, Ayurvedic self oil massage

Abhyanga,  Ayurvedic Oil

If you don’t have much time, do it for any length of time to soften and cleanse the skin and lay down the tracks to establish the good habit.

Keep yourself warm – put on your ‘massage clothes’, or old sweat-shirt & pants.

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