In Ayurveda one of the most important daily practices you can do to activate your inner pharmacy and support the anti ageing process is self daily massage called ABHYANGA. This is a beautiful practice as it also connects one to the sacredness of his or her own body.
Best to do it in the morning starting with the feet and moving upwards toward the head. This movement brings both circulation and freshness to the body and mind. It can be done before showering then the light layer of oil remains on the skin throughout the day both protecting and soothing the skin.
Almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil or coconut and jojoba can be used for this daily massage. One can add essential oils to the carrier oil such as lavender, peppermint, rosemary, depending upon the dosha of the particular person. To find which oils are good for Vata, Pitta and Kapha go to www.deepakchopra.com and you can look under balancing your dosha to see which oils to use.
When it comes to essential oils you can’t go wrong.. just simply follow your nose .Let your intuition lead you.. it’s the best way!
Then use that oil in your bathtub at night as well.
There is a video of Abhyanga on the Deepak Chopra site..
I’ve had clients report to me that it helped them when they traveled.. calming both body and mind.
This is an excellent practice as winter come upon us.. Enjoy! I love it.