Abhyanga (Oil Massage)

Abhyangha – Oil Massage

Abhyanga is also known as Ayurvedic Oil Massage. In this therapy, massage with herbal oil, appropriate for a person’s doshic state rejuvenates, softens and strengthens the skin, providing deep nourishment to the tissues. It helps to strength and resilience to the body and limbs, provides vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body, increases circulation and pacifies the doshas.

Types of Abhyanga

There are several types of abhyanga, based on the location being addressed:

  • Full body abhyangha (sarvanga abhyanga)
  • Foot Massage (pada abhyanga)
  • Head Massage (shiro abhyanga)
  • Back Massage (kati abhyanga)

Abhyanga is usually done with medicated sesame oil. In Sanskrit, the word for oil is “taila”. Taila is originated from the formal word tila, which means sesame. The primary aim of Ayurvedic massage is to achieve the balance of energies inside the body, and also to act as a Purvakarma (preparation) in Panchakarma.

Indications for Abhyanga:

  • Rejuvenation
  • To enhance sexual power
  • For relaxation
  • Vata related disorders (80 types)
  • General weakness
  • Disorders of joints
  • Diseases of muscles
  • Disorders of nervous system
  • Gynaecological problems
  • Disorders of cardio vascular system
  • Psychological problems
  • Muscular-skeletal problems