Relieve Stress and Revitalize Your Energy: Ayurvedic Self-Massage (Energy Feed #5) - Ayurveda | Everyday Ayurveda

Relieve Stress and Revitalize Your Energy: Ayurvedic Self-Massage (Energy Feed #5)

By on October 20, 2016

The most immediate, effective remedy for stress-induced anxiety that I know is also an excellent preventative against it.

If you’re serious about relieving the symptoms of stress in your body, you need to give yourself 15 minutes a day to do it.

This is an Ayurvedic practice known as abhyanga—a self-anointment and self-massage using warm oil.  Today’s Energy Feed is a no-fuss introduction to it.

How to Nourish Your Nervous System with Self-Massage

Step 1

Choose the appropriate organic, cold-pressed oil for yourself.  Which oil to use?

  • If you run dry: untoasted sesame oil.
  • If you run warm or have sensitive skin: coconut or jojoba oil.
  • If you run oily or easily retain water: mustard or sunflower oil.

Step 2

Warm your oil.  Pour some of the oil into a glass jar or bottle.  Boil some water.  Place your glass jar or bottle into a bowl of hot water.  This will warm the oil to the correct temperature without degrading its nourishing qualities.

Step 3

Massage from the head down to the toes. Use circular motions over the joints and abdomen. Make long strokes over the limbs and torso. Offer extra attention to any tense areas in your body.

Step 4

Leave the oil on for 10 minutes.

Step 5

Sauna and/or take a warm shower to release the oil and rinse it away.

Two Keys to this Massage

To effectively soothe the symptoms of stress in your body, it’s important you:

  1. Use a gentle, firm touch throughout the whole massage.
  2. Keep a consistent rhythm. If you need to count (for example, 12 circles or strokes per body part) to keep a rhythm, do that!

This perfect practice in self-care offers many benefits.  Watch the full Energy Feed video above to find out how and why it works!  And subscribe to my video channel to keep learning this kind of practical Ayurveda advice to have more energy every day…

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About Lisa Bailey

Lisa shows you simple Ayurvedic practices to relieve anxiety, rise out of depression, sleep soundly, attain and maintain your ideal weight, relieve pain and have stable, thriving energy throughout each day. Following these practices will also help you avoid chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity and arthritis—some of the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems. She is the resident Ayurveda Health Coach and Program Director here at Everyday Ayurveda.  She operates her from a home base in Asheville, North Carolina, USA, working virtually with clients around the world. But...what's an Ayurvedic Health Coach anyway?


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