What to expect?
Abhyanga massage is a complete rejuvenation of body and mind, working from the inside out. You can expect your massage to take place in a private room and the setting will be both relaxing and comfortable. Now onto the treatment itself! Sticking to tradition, a heated blend of oils (infused with nourishing herbs and flowers) is lightly applied to the skin. Call it nature giving you a big hug! Your therapist will then allow time for the oil to absorb into the skin before massaging your face, abdomen, legs and feet. Even pressure will be applied with the whole hand using a combination of circular motions and straight strokes, although lighter pressure is used on sensitive areas such as the stomach and the heart.
Know before you go
- Warm oil equals, well, a lot of oil, so minimal clothing is a must. You may even be offered disposable knickers to wear (modesty restored!).
- After your massage, a steam bath or hot shower is recommended. This will rid you of any excess oil and leave you energised for the day ahead.
- Did you know that ancient Ayurvedic texts say that regular Abhyanga treatments slow down the ageing process? We’ll drink a green juice to that!
The sciencey stuff
Abhyanga is a firm but gentle whole body massage that helps the skin, the largest organ in our body, perform its diverse functions efficiently - whether that’s allowing toxins to be released from the body, or nourishment to be absorbed by the tissues. Oil plays a big role here, making sure skin is soothed, joint pain is reduced and dry hair is smooth and shiny. Think that’s all? Abhyanga can also help eliminate pesky impurities and kickstart the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the night. Hooray!