Complementary and Alternantive Medicine: Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Known in Sanskrit as Abhyanga is Pure Bliss from Orange Blossom Wellness
Any time of the year is a good time for an Abhyanga treatment, but fall is an especially good time. As summer fades, the leaves begin to explode with color, and the days begin to shorten, our routines, energy levels, and food intake may also be changing. These changes may be coming at a good time or they may lead to some added stress. Ayurveda is a system of medicine that began in India with a focus on finding holistic balance. One component of Ayurveda describes people, seasons, times of day, and food among many others as having a blend of three doshas (energies) - vata (wind and ether), pitta (fire and earth), and kapha (earth and water). Any time there is increased change, movement, and busyness, vata energy increases and should be balanced with grounding foods, activities, and nourishment for the mind and body. Fall is the season when vata peaks so a grounding treatment like Abhyanga is the perfect balance.
An Abhyanga treatment is a warm oil massage with light to moderate pressure focusing on long strokes over muscles and circular strokes around joints. The treatment can be done yourself as part of your self-care routine on a daily or weekly basis providing nourishment to your skin, muscles, and joints especially. However, having the treatment done to you feels even more nourishing and healing. When self-administered the treatment can be anywhere from 5-20 minutes, and when you go somewhere for a treatment it is typically 60-90 minutes.
In the Upper Valley, Jasmin Bihler of Orange Blossom Wellness in Norwich, VT offers a wonderful setting for this treatment and provides the added experience of her previous work as a physical therapist specializing in manual lymphatic drainage. I have never had a treatment that felt so nourishing and healing for my body, mind, and spirit. Jasmin takes time at the beginning of the session to get to know you, your understanding of Ayurveda, and your doshas. She uses this insight to choose the type of oil she uses and what type of treatment will be most balancing for you that day.
If you want to experience this healing treatment for yourself, contact Jasmin and mention this article for $10 off of your treatment! Expect to leave feeling with a floating sense of bliss!
To learn more about Jasmin, check out her interview with Better Bad Decisions.
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