The Benefits of Ayurveda Self Massage

The Benefits of Ayurveda Self Massage

What is Abhyanga?

Abhyanga is the Sanskrit word for self-oil massage.  Looking deeper into the meaning, it means “movement of sustenance towards all the bodily tissues so they radiate health.”  Simply put, it means that when we stimulate the blood flow throughout our body and invigorate our senses, such as through massage, we radiate health.

I invite you to read and learn more about it here: Benefits of Self Massage in Ayurveda – Abhyanga | Banyan Botanicals.  Why is is so important?  What are the benefits?  You will be amazed!  I certainly was!  I have been practicing Abhyanga for about 3 months now.  I can see a difference in my skin and body for sure. To me, this is probably the most supreme act of sacred self-care. Do know, Ayurveda treatments can take anywhere form 1-6 months to see results.  Depends on the body.  Be patient.  It will be worth the wait.  I promise!

 

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

The Benefits of Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing

Lets talk about dry brushing!  Did you know that the skin is the largest organ we have?  About 30% of our bodies toxins are removed from the skin.  Dead skin cells accumulate preventing the toxins from leaving our skin.  Dry brushing can help with this and it takes less then 5 minutes a day.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is the practice of brushing the body with a firm brush to brush away dry skin, increase circulation, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion,  reduce the appearance of cellulite and also aids the body in removing waste. don’t you?

Lymph nodes are responsible for detoxing our bodies.  When the lymph system is congested, you may experience digestive problems, weight gain, inflammation which could lead to illnesses.

So, what kind of dry-brush should you buy?  I suggest getting a brush with a long handle.  I like the handles that can be removed for more controlled brushing in reachable places. Look for natural bristles, no plastic.   I particularly like this Dry Brush  There  are others you can choose from as well.

How to Dry Brush:

  1. Stand in a shower or bath tub.  This way the dead skin can be rinsed down the drain.
  2. Begin by brushing your hand and then up the front and back of your arms with long strokes.
  3. Brush area several times, overlapping in order to remove all of the dead skin.
  4. Move towards the chest.  Use lighter strokes on delicate areas.
  5. Brush your stomach using counter clockwise circular strokes.
  6. Now go to your  feet .  Use circular motions around feet and ankles. Work your way up your legs with long strokes, back of buttocks and up your back.
  7. Spend more time on dry areas.

ALWAY STROKE TOWARDS YOUR HEART

After you have dry brushed, follow with either a lukewarm shower then a self massage with your favorite oil.  No time for a shower? No worries!  Just follow with a self massage using your favorite oil.  When it comes to oils, check out the oils at Banyan Botanicals.

Have you tried dry brushing?   I have been dry brushing for about a year now.  I have noticed a big difference in my skin and the way I feel. If you have not tried it, do you think you will? Share your thoughts.  I would love to hear them.