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| Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga|
In Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas, abhy means "to rub" and anga refers to the limbs - although we prefer the more poetic translation, "touched by loving hands." Abhyanga is, therefore, the classic full-body massage of Ayurveda. Warmed oils are selected to bring the subtle energies of the body into balance and applied thoroughly to the skin over the entire body in a series of classic repetitive strokes. As opposed to most other forms of massage where oil is used to just provide good slip, in Abhyanga, we are actually feeding the skin and the body nutrition in the form of quality, vital-giving oils. In our Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga, a Tibetan sequence of marma (vital energy) points are skillfully integrated into the treatment. The result is deeply revitalizing and relaxing while at the same time being gently cleansing and detoxifying.
There are many styles of Abhyanga. In the style we practice and teach, only one therapist is needed rather than two or more. However, the technique itself can be modified to accommodate additional practitioners.
Describe it in your service menu like this...
"A classic Ayurvedic massage with warmed, aromatic oils match to the needs of your body/mind that nourishes the skin and eases tension in the deeper tissues. Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga combines the use of tailored massage strokes, Tibetan marma therapy, nourishing oils and powders that will leave you feeling light, energized, and refreshed," 90 minutes.
- The treatment begins with touching 3 diagnostic points on the back and neck
to assess which dosha (body energetic) needs to be addressed at the time of
treatment. This guides the selection of the type of oil to be used as well
as the orientation in how the strokes will be administered.
- The massage begins with the head, then ears, neck, shoulders, and face.
- An optional Ayurvedic breast massage with traditional pomegranate oil to cleanse and tone the breast tissue is offered. Training in this technique is a unique part of our Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga class.
- Abdominal massage is a vital part of Abhyanga as it calms Vata and ensures the proper elimination of toxins released into the blood stream from the massage process.
Following the abdominal massage, the client's arms, legs, and back are treated similarly, with an especial attention to the joints.
- The treatment ends with being dusted with an herbal powder that acts like tiny sponges to absorb oils in the pores and some of the residual surface oil. This ensures that the skin feels soft and the toxicity which leads clients to feel sluggish the next day is completely eliminated.
Possible additional services include: an herbal bath prior to or full herbal body steaming after the abhyanga, the application of Joint Lotion on the larger joints and/or Tension lotion for thick, tight muscles, and/or followed up with Nadi Swedana - a localized herbal steaming process that floats like a soothing cloud to more deeply ease joint and muscles stresses and tension.
In general, Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga will leave the body feeling light and energized and the mind, relaxed, yet focused. Here is a short and long list of benefits.
- Oil rubbed into the skin prevents dehydration and strengthens the nerves
- Creates an electrochemical balance in the body
- Soothes insomnia
- Nourishes the body - promoting steadiness and confidence
- Promotes good vision
- Heals and prevents nervous system imbalances
- Alleviates fatigue and stress from overworking
- Increases longevity and reverses aging
- Strengthens the electromagnetic field of the body
- Creates a protective shield around the body against negativity
- Strengthens the immune system
- Stimulates anti-body production
(A LONGER and MORE DETAILED LIST of BENEFITS)
Oil massage is the one of the foremost Ayurvedic ways you mature gracefully rather than age painfully on so many levels.
For the body, it helps by:
- improving the circulation of blood and lymph to tissues.
- relieving pain and swelling in the body by warming the subtle energy channels which then expand, allowing obstructions to clear and the toxins that cause a number of diseases to move out.
- lubricating tissues inside and out - including the joints and organ linings. This keeps movement more free and graceful, the digestive tract more efficient, and all linings well lubricated.
- softening the skin, preventing dryness and creating a healthy radiance and inner glow.
- maintaining a suppleness and ease of motion in muscles and connective tissue by preventing fibrous build-up caused by stress.
- making the body feel light, vital, and strong, so activity remains a joy.
- keeping all senses sharper, which helps communication clear and participation in life's functions and activieties more flowing.
- supporting the immune system so there are more good days and few harder days.
- calming the nervous system so the client is less likely to be overwhelmed.
- improving physical stamina and virility.
- helping relaxation and restorative sleep.
- AND, more subtly makes and invisible film that protects against extremes of climate, environmental pollution, even sudden changes in air pressure. This is why oil massage before and/or after air travel is a perfect antedote for jetlag.
For the mind, oil massage is obviously calming and enjoyable, but it can also:
- improve intelligence, wit, memory, and self-confidence
- banish fatigue, especially when caused by stress
- give us the clarity to make better lifestyle choices.
On an even more subtle level, oil massage helps:
- balance all three subtle body energies (doshas) of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
- move prana (life force) in both the physical and energetic sheaths of the body.
- open the nadis or channels in which the prana or life force flows.
- awaken consciousness in the chakra and brain centers.
(Click here for our Ayurvedic Body/Mind Assessment form)
This technique is the best insurance policy for healthy aging. It rejuvenates the skin, improves posture, and brightens the mind. Whether taken on its own or in a series as the preparation for the deep cleansing therapies of pancha karma, Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga is as effective as a well-deserved and perfect weekend vacation.deep.
Go to Your Local Therapists to see who offers Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga in your area.
Products to use and have on hand for performing Abhyanga include:
- "Unlimited Mind" Vata Body Oil - a blend of organic oils to nourish dry skin
- "Spontaneous Joy" Pitta Body Oil - a blend of organic oils to protect sensitive skin
- "Rainbow Body" Kapha Body Oil - a blend of organic oils that are light and non-congestive to Kapha skin
- Joint Pain Relief Tibetan Lotion - a warming blend of essential oils and coconut oil to help loosen and sooth sore joints
- Tension Relief Tibetan Lotion - a blend of coconut oil and essential oils to ease tension in stiff muscles
- Pomegranate Breast Oil - organic oils, herb, and essential oils for cleansing and toning breast tissues
- Rose Ubtan - a blend of organic flowers, flour, and herbs that act as a cleanser and mild exfoliant
- Cool Eyes - a light, small eye-shaped pillow filled with flax and psyllium seed that is naturally cooloing
- Head and Neck Pillow - a cotton covered foam pillow designed to efficiently support the head and neck
- Tummy Warmer - a grain, herb, and salt filled pillow designed to be warmed in a microwave or hot towel cabi
- The book, Ayurvedic Spa , which contains the entire Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga protocol
Our Himalayan Mountain Abhyanga
- Our book, Ayurvedic Spa
- 16oz. "Unlimited Mind" Body Oil
- 16oz. "Spontaneous Joy" Pitta Body Oil
- 16oz. "Rainbow Body" Kapha Body Oil
- 4oz. Tibetan Joint Lotion
- 4oz. Tibetan Tension Lotion
- 2oz. Pomegranate Breast oil
- 1lb. Rose Ubtan
If you feel inspired to learn more, please join us in a class ...
Abhyanga means full body oil massage by one or more therapists. Our treatment calls for one therapist working on one side of the body at a time using warmed aromatic oils to nourish the skin and mobilize deeper tissues. During the massage marmas (secret energy points) are used to freshen and revitalize the body. Finally, a warmed ubtan, herbal powder, is sprinkled over the whole body to polish the skin leaving you feeling light, energized and relaxed. This abhyanga treatment is deeply revitalizing and relaxing whilst at the same time being gently cleansing and detoxifying. The use of marma points, customized quality oils and herbal ubtan leaves the client feeling clear, calm, strengthened and more balanced on a deep level.
- What are marma points and how do they work?
- How is abhyanga used in purva karma (pacifying therapy)?
- What is Pancha Karma and how should it be used?
- Customizing touch and total treatment approach.
- palpating diagnostic points to guide in the choice of customized massage oil
- massage of head, scalp, ears, neck, shoulders, and face
- massage of upper chest with optional breast massage
- massage of abdomen
- massage of arms, and hands
- massage of the front of the leg
- massage of the back of the leg
- massage of the back
- warm wrap and rest
- application of ubtan and face mask
- preparation of appropriate tea and snack
All procedures include the use of customized oils, marma points, meridian strokes and polarity holding techniques. Emphasis is on very thorough massage of the joints and abdomen. 90-minute treatment