The Ayurvedic practice of abhyanga, or oil massage, touts physical benefits like released muscle tension, lymphatic drainage, and more nourished skin from head to toe. It stands out from other massages due to its focus on the skin, rather than just the underlying muscles—from the oils used to the circulation-stimulating movements, it’s more like a facial massage for your whole body. For someone used to massages that my body like the lump of pizza dough popular wisdom (you are what you eat!) says it is, abhyanga isn’t that.
Your therapist’s main goal is relaxation, and in India, the practice is tied deeply to the notion of self-care. “Sneha is the root word for this type of massage in Sanskrit,” “which also translates to mean ‘love.’” Depending on your skin type, Ayurveda suggests performing abhyanga anywhere from once a week to once a day.
In a 2011 Study, researchers studied how abhyanga affects stress in 20 healthy adults.
Before receiving a 1-hour abhyanga massage, the participants completed a stress-related questionnaire and had their heart rate measured. Both tests were repeated after the session.
The researchers found that, after the massage, the participants’ subjective stress levels and heart rate decreased.
While new, larger studies are necessary to understand how abhyanga reduces stress other research has found similar benefits.
A 2018 study examined how rhythmical massage with aromatic oil influences the autonomic nervous system in 44 healthy women.
Stress negatively changes the autonomic nervous system, reducing heart rate variability. Low heart rate variability indicates higher stress levels; high variability indicates relaxation.
The study determined rhythmical massage led to long-term heart rate variability stimulation, a sign of relaxation. The aromatic oil also helped, but its effect was temporary.
This suggests that abhyanga, which also involves massage and oils, could potentially offer similar benefits.
Improve skin health
According to abhyanga practitioners, healthy skin is a main benefit of the massage.
The oil is used to nourish the skin, which supposedly improves its overall appearance. The massage strokes are believed to:
- increase skin blood flow
- reduce appearance of wrinkles, cellulita, and scars
- improve skin smoothness and softness
- decrease hyperpigmentation
Promotes lymphatic drainage
Lymphatic drainage is an established benefit of any type of massage. While scientists haven’t explicitly examined abhyanga and lymph flow, proponents claim it has a positive effect.
Your lymphatic system removes your body’s waste. If you have surgery or a medical condition, the fluid in your lymphatic system can accumulate and cause swelling, or lymphedema.
Massage can improve lymphedema by encouraging lymphatic drainage. The physical pressure expands lymphatic vessels, which promotes lymph flow.
Massage has been used to reduce lymphedema after surgery, injury, or radiation therapy.
TOUCH AND SUBTLE SWEET PHYSICAL SENSATIONS MAKES US HAPPIER AND RELEASES SEROTONIN IN THE BODY ON A BIOCHEMICAL LEVEL. HUMANS NEED A LOT, A LOT OF TOUCH AND CARE, JUST LIKE CATS DO HAVE THEIR BARE MINIMUM CARESS A DAY. TOUCH, ATTENTION AND CARING WATERS. THE LOVE PLANT IN US AND IN OUR CELLS.
Migraine Frequency Reduced
In another study on migraine patients, it was found that compared to control participants, massage participants exhibited greater improvements in migraine frequency and sleep quality during the intervention weeks and the three follow-up weeks. The findings provided preliminary support for the utility of massage therapy as a non-pharmacologic treatment for individuals suffering from migraines.11
Relief Of Chronic Back Pain
A comparison of the effects of two types of massage and the usual care of chronic low back pain showed that massage therapy may be effective for treatment of chronic back pain, with benefits lasting at least 6 months. No clinically meaningful difference between relaxation and structural massage was observed in terms of relieving disability or symptoms.14
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PLAN A VISIT
Your Body Massage Therapy should be the Highliht of your week. It is a delicious gift you can give to your body,mind and soul, so be sure to prepare yourself a bit to get relaxed in order to be able to fully recharge and benefit from it. I am well aware that it is very hard to let go of stress and anxiety, but you can simply ask yourself and make a deal with your innr being: ok. listen. i know you wanna run forward to the future or to the past and talk without stopping in mind mind, but please: just chillout for one hour only and we will come out better at the end. 🙂
Tips to enjoy your Massage to the Most:
1. Start to relax yourself mentally and emotionally an hour before it starts.
2. Do not drink or consume any stimulants, big and heavy meals, or really toxic thing 2-3 hours before you start: energy would be consumed by digestion and detoxification instead of healing and resting.
3. Turn off your phone and any other devices for the time being. You deserve to be immersed inside yourself and body for an hour without being interrupted.
4. Take a Shower at home or at the location before and be conscious about personal hygiene.
5. Be sure to give voice to your wishes and needs, likes and dislikes in order to enjoy the session best tailored for your needs.
6. Drink plenty of fresh and clean water before and after: Massage is a great detoxifyer so help the process with hydraging yourself.