In today’s fast paced life, where stress levels are mounting and ill health is
common, it is wise to take some time from our daily routine to care for our
mind and body. After all, it is a well known and accepted fact that prevention
is better than cure!

Achieving a State of Overall Wellbeing through Ayurveda

According to the ancient Indian science of life, Ayurveda, every human body is made up of a combination of three types of energies or doshas, namely – Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). A person is in a state of complete and total wellbeing, when his / her mind, body and soul are in perfect balance with the environment in which they live. Due to incorrect and faulty eating habits, unhealthy lifestyles as well as mental stress and tensions, the state of inner balance and harmony is lost, resulting in unhappiness and nagging health issues.

Ayurveda practitioners believe that by introducing a daily health-care and body cleansing regime into our everyday life, we can rid ourselves of all our body impurities and move a step closer to living a happy and fruitful life.

Ayurvedic Body & Head Massages – Valuable Stress Busters

Ayurveda propagates the use of Massages with Ayurvedic Oils to heal and rejuvenate the body and bring it back to a state of total wellbeing.

Ayurveda Full Body Massage with Ayurvedic Herbal Oils

Ayurveda promotes the use of Ayurvedic oil massages such as “Abhyanga” to rid the body of all accumulated toxins and provide much needed nourishment to each and every part of the body. The head and joints are massaged using circular motions while
areas such as the neck & arms etc are massaged using straight strokes.

The choice of oil used during the massage largely depends on the skin type as well
as the ayurveda dosha most prominent in the body. Commonly used oils include sesame oil, coconut oil, herbal oil and aroma oil, etc. It is wise to consult an Ayurvedic doctor to understand which Ayurvedic oil is most suitable and beneficial for your body type.

Benefits of massaging the body with Ayurvedic herb infused oils include –

  • Nourishment and replenishment of dry and coarse skin
  • Lubrication of joints and bones
  • Removal of accumulated toxins and impurities from the skin and joints
  • Increased blood circulation and revitalisation of each body part
  • Improved complexion and glowing skin
  • Rest, relaxation and rejuvenation of the nervous system.

Ayurveda Head Massage with Ayurvedic Herbal Oils

Stress headaches, hair fall, thinning of hair and excessive dandruff problems, etc, are
all common signs of disruptive and unhealthy living. Ayurveda recommends each and every person to care for their hair just as they would for their skin, bones or any other part of their body.

Regular and thorough head massages using good quality Ayurvedic hair oils are believed to improve the quality of hair, fight hair fall and revitalise the scalp and roots. The Mardana and Abhyanga massages are especially useful. The choice of hair oil used for an Ayurveda head massage will depend on the condition and quality of hair (vata, pitta or kapha). Commonly used hair oils include almond oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, bhringraj, brahmi, neem and hibiscus, etc.

Ayurvedic oil head massages are useful for –

  • Strengthening the roots of hair
  • Making the hair soft, hydrated and easily manageable
  • Enhancing blood circulation, thus improving hair growth
  • Dissolving unwanted impurities and removal of toxins.
  • Relaxation of the mind and body
  • Restoring a sense of calm and removal of stress

Self Help – Ayurvedic Massages

Now that you understand the benefits of introducing Ayurvedic Massages to your regular routine, it is good thinking to consult a reputed Ayurvedic doctor to find out which Ayurvedic oils are best for your prominent dosha.

Warm the oil and gently massage every area of your head and scalp using your fingers
and the palm of your hands. Use circular motions while massaging. The idea is to gently work your way through your hair so that the oil can penetrate your scalp, proving nourishment to your hair.

About the Author

Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga.  She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing Through Ayurveda. You may contact her at sonicakrishan@gmail.com or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.

Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.


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