Abhyanga is a practice of self massage with oil that comes from Ayurveda. This loving self-care ritual comes with a plethora of benefits: improves circulation, relaxes the nervous system, calms the mind, improves sleep, softens skin, promotes healthy joints and ligaments.
In the Fall, Vata (dry, airy, cold) is prevalent according to Ayurveda. For this reason, use a warming oil such as almond oil, untoasted sesame oil, or Kaliks Collective Reverence - Daily Ritual Oil infused with gotu kola extract to enhance skin, brain and spirit.
Read through the instructions and then plan for about 30 minutes to enjoy the ritual (15 minutes applying oil, 5-10 minutes letting it absorb, and a hot shower to rinse off any excess).
Gently warm 2 ounces of oil - you can put your jar in hot water, or place the oil on the stove.
Begin massaging from your extremities and work towards the middle of your body.
Use long strokes on your limbs and circular motions around the joints. Work in a clockwise motion for your abdomen and chest, moving up the right side of the belly across and then down on the left side. Pay close attention to your feet and ears.
After massage, wrap yourself in a robe or clothing that you don't mind getting oil stains on and relax. It's the perfect time for a cup of Nocturne Sleep Tea. Allow the oil to absorb for 5-10 minutes minimum then shower to rinse off excess oil.