Balancing Your Dosha
In Ayurveda, therapeutic massage is one of the most enjoyable and healing treatments. The skin, after all, is the largest organ in the body, and it contains almost every neurotransmitter that can be found in the brain, including peptides that are closely related to antidepressants. Natural pain relievers are widely distributed in our skin, which may explain why massage is such a powerful mood enhancer.
Therapeutic massage not only makes us feel good, it offers many healing benefits, including:
Improved muscle tone
Reduced blood pressure
During an Ayurvedic massage treatment, the therapist uses herbalized oils customized for an individual’s unique mind-body constitution or dosha. The pressure of the massage strokes is also based on one’s dosha.
For Vata types, massages are relatively gentle, using warm, heavy oils such as sesame or almond. Those who are predominantly Pitta benefit from deeper massages with cooling oils such as coconut, sunflower, or olive. Kaphas do best with a stimulating, vigorous massage with light oils such as sunflower or safflower, or warmer oils such as mustard or almond.
Ayurveda prescribes oil massage as an essential part of our daily routine. While most of us are unlikely to get a professional massage treatment every day, we can benefit from the healing power of loving touch by giving ourselves a daily self-abhyanga massage. Click here for instructions.
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