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The right Massage Oil!
by: Mike Yeager

Massage oil is an important item to have and use. It provides for relaxation and romance. It is widely available, affordable, and an instant way to set the mood. There are different types of massage oil including essential massage oil and aroma therapy massage oil. Each type gives the body a feeling of relaxation and comfort removing some of the stress from the world around us.

Massage oil has many uses. For one, it moisturizes the skin and allows for a soft feeling. Another is the massage the body gets as the oil is placed and rubbed in. This allows muscles to relax, soften, and relieves stress from sore and tired muscles. Also, many massage oils offer a pleasant smell or fragrance that stimulates the senses even more to allow the spirit as well as the body to relax.

One type of massage oil to consider when looking to purchase is essential massage oil. Essential oils are 100% pure oils extracted with much care. They are undiluted. There are many essential oils all that allow for a different reaction or relaxation method. Essential oils can be aroma therapy massage oils as well. Aroma therapy massage oils enhance the body's reaction to massage oils by including the sense of smell. This allows for even deeper penetration into the body.

Massage oils of all types are available and easy to find. A trip to the local mall will provide for some extraordinary finds. While it is very easy to purchase these oils from the internet as well, you miss the opportunity to smell and feel them as you would if purchased in person. It is important when purchasing massage oil to find blends in scent and feel that make you feel good.
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The Ayurvedic Self-Massage
by: Shreelata Suresh

Wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the same time, a daily self-massage with warm oil is easy to do and takes only about 30 minutes. You can do it at home each morning, and reap the benefits of this luxurious therapy all day long.
Ayurvedic texts list a wide range of benefits from regular performance of the warm oil full-body massage:

1. It helps pacify Vata dosha, the space and air elements in the physiology. Because of our hectic 24/7 lives, most of us have high levels of stress, anxiety, a feeling of being overwhelmed and spaced-out, all indications of an aggravated Vata dosha. Soothing touch is very Vata-pacifying. Warm oil, being warm, smooth and unctuous, is also Vata-pacifying.

2. The massage also helps balance Kapha dosha, the water and earth elements in the physiology. It enhances circulation throughout the body and revitalizes a lethargic body and mind.

3. With regular performance of the massage, deep-seated toxins in the joints and tissues are loosened and released into the system for elimination through the natural toxin-release processes. Toxins in the skin are also released, leaving you with clear healthy skin.

4. Your skin will look beautiful with regular massage. It will stay moisturized and nourished, and look supple and lustrous.

5. Abhyanga helps strengthen and tone the muscles. If you work out several times a week or everyday, you'll notice that your muscles are much stronger and resilient to injury.

6. The Ayurvedic texts recommend that the massage be done in the morning. It helps keep energy levels high during the day and helps promote easy, restful sleep at night.

7. The warm oil massage helps calm the mind and nervous system. You'll feel more rested and calm, but focused and alert.

8. The massage also helps promote balanced emotions. You will feel serene and settled-the kind of bliss that you get with regular meditation.

9. Your joints will stay nourished and supple with regular performance of Abhyanga. The warm oil massage strengthens and lubricates the joints, making them more resilient to wear and tear.

10. The massage makes you feel youthful and vital. The ancient texts state that regular performance of Abhyanga retards the aging process.

Choosing Your Massage Oil

While the massage is healing even when performed with just a base massage oil such as sesame oil or almond oil, ayurvedic practitioners typically infuse the base oils with nourishing herbs and flowers. You'll find ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Shankhapushpi and Turmeric in traditional ayurvedic massage oils. The herbs are gently cooked into the oils for a specified period of time, and the oil is then strained for use. Aromatherapy massage oils incorporate healing essences such as Sandalwood, Jasmine and Rose for added emotional and mental balance. Look for cold-pressed organic base oils for maximum benefit. Sesame oil has antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory. Almond oil is both nourishing and soothing. Coconut oil is cooling and Pitta-pacifying.

Instructions for performing the warm oil massage

Materials: 2-3 oz massage oil suited to your needs for balance, plastic squeeze bottle, pot of very warm water, old cotton towel or mat, paper towels.

Step 1. Pour the oil into the squeeze bottle and shut bottle tightly.

Step 2. Place the bottle in the warm water for 5 minutes or until the oil heats up to comfortably warm.

Step 3. Stand on your towel or mat in a comfortably warm, draft-free room.

Step 4. Squeeze the oil a little at a time into your palm and apply the oil to your body, working systematically down until your entire body is anointed with oil.

Step 5. Next, massage the oil into your skin, giving each part of your body adequate attention. Use up and down strokes over limbs and circular strokes over joints, chest and abdomen. Apply lighter pressure over chest and abdomen than over extremities. This process should take about 10-12 minutes.

Step 6. If massaging your scalp, apply oil to the crown of the head and then work the oil into your scalp with your fingers in outward circles.

Step 7. Sit quietly with eyes closed for 5 minutes, breathing deeply.

Step 8. Pat excess oil, if any, off with paper towels.

Step 9. Take a warm bath or shower, being very careful not to slip. Wipe excess oil off your feet before stepping off the towel or mat. Use a very gentle, non-soap cleanser and a gentle shampoo.

Step 10. Pat your skin with a towel and apply moisturizing lotion or a gentle natural dusting powder.

Note: The towels and mats you stand on for abhyanga will get stained and eventually oil-saturated, so use old ones and do not put them in washing machines or dryers. They should be periodically thrown away and replaced.

Disclaimer: This information is educational and is not intended to replace standard medical care or advice.
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Shreelata Suresh is a yoga instructor who lives in the Bay Area. She writes for various publications on yoga, ayurveda and Indian culture. For more articles on ayurveda and premier ayurvedic products, please visit

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