Abhyanga: Self Massage

Becca ReddyHealth

Do you want to:

  • Look and feel younger?
  • Sleep better?
  • Calm your mind and energize your body?
  • Rejuvenate your mind-body system?
  • Have glowing, youthful skin?

Then I have one word for you: Abhyanga. Translated into English, it would be three words: self oil massage.

Just as cars need oil to run at their best, our bodies too need oil to nourish our largest organ—the skin.

My story

I suffered a near-fatal head injury back in 2003. Even though I survived the trauma, my system was soon thrown off balance. I struggled with insomnia, suffered from depression, had bouts of epilepsy and looked much older than I really was. I tried many remedies (natural and unnatural) to help my mind and body. Nothing really worked until I met Sage (Srinivas Reddy), who’s now my beloved husband. He turned me onto a simple Ayurvedic self-care technique called Abhyanga. And that changed everything for me.

Exactly what has it done for me?

I sleep much, much better than I used to—without medications. Actually, I sleep like a baby. What’s more, I need less sleep. I feel calmer and more grounded. My energy level has never been higher. My mind is more alert and I can focus better. No longer does it feel like I’m dragging my tired body through the day. Though I still love it, I rarely need coffee as a pick me up. My skin has never felt or looked better. I feel and look younger. And the best part? I’ve quit ALL those medications I used to take before I discovered this ancient procedure called Abhyanga. Granted, I do other things that compliment my oil-massage routine, it is still the core of my daily self-care ritual.

What exactly is Abhyanga?

Abhyanga is a Sanskrit word meaning self oil message. Abhyanga is a daily self oil massage that one does BEFORE a bath or shower. It is an ancient technique at the heart of Ayurveda, the science of health and healing from India. Now that I’ve experienced all these benefits of Abhhanya, I could never go a single day without it.

I’ve never cared for make-up or fussed with my hair. I always believed that if you don’t nourish your body from the inside, it’s like putting new siding on a crumbling building. Only problem was I didn’t know how to go about it… until Abhyanga.

Abhyanga inspires a daily rhythm of nourishing self-care. With a small amount of daily effort (and attention) you give your mind/body through this self-massage routine, the body’s natural beauty will come forth.

I know what you are thinking. “OK, great, but I don’t have the time.” I had the same objection, but guess what? My daily massage routine takes under half an hour, shower and all.

Truly, Abhyanga is a one size fits all proposition. It’ll balance, nourish and energize you no matter what your mind-body type or your skin type. Of course, because we’re each very unique, different body types need different oils. As do different seasons. Add a few drops of some essential oil to your “carrier” oil and you’re in heaven. Read my articles How to do Abhyanga and Healthy Skin Naturally and start today!

I wish you a abundance of health and self-love. Until next time,


Image Credit: lsxtra.co.uk