When choosing your massage oil, look for sesame oil that is odourless and has a clear translucency. It is a natural product and varies in colour from pale green to golden amber depending on where it has been grown.
Use long strokes with gentle pressure on the limbs and large areas of the body. Remember to massage the palms of the hands and soles of the feet as many of the acupressure points are located here. Stimulating these points helps to balance the energy reaching the internal organs.
Sesame oil is the most beneficial for body massage, because the small size of its molecules makes it easier to penetrate into the skin. The natural oil can be enhanced with herbal and floral essences for greater benefits and to make the massage more pleasurable. Sesame oil is also a natural cleanser.Warm a small quantity of sesame oil and apply a light coating on the entire body. The body responds to the therapeutic quality of sesame oil as well as the daily stimulation of the skin. A self
Massage is a good alternative to a massage done by a masseur and has the same benefits. Start your Abhyanga routine from the head. A daily massage of the scalp renders wonderful benefits. On the face, use small and gentle circular motions. Rub the lobes of your ears also as this stimulates nerve endings which balance the body’s energies. To massage the joints use slightly bigger circular motions.
The many benefits of Sesame Oil to the human body are enhanced manifold when used in a daily Abhyanga routine. Ancient Ayurvedic texts proclaim that a full-body massage every day is beneficial in keeping the body free of toxins and channelizing positive energy from the energy chakras.Abhyanga is an ancient Ayurvedic massage routine that requires two masseurs, one on either side of the body, performing the massage in synchronised movements, with various massage strokes for maximum benefit.
At Vedaya Pure Ayurveda, we have created a natural exfoliating scrub – UBTAN, using both white and black sesame seeds. These are combined with nice pure organic herbs which have special skin cleansing properties. The Ubtan contains powdered orange peel, awla and basil, all of which are known to be very beneficial to the skin and brings a natural glow to the skin. Turmeric which is nature’s true anti-oxidant is also added for evening the skin tone, clearing blemishes and enhancing the skin’s complexion. UBTAN helps to deep cleanse the skin and remove impurities and harmful toxins from the pores of the skin. Regular use of this Ubtan balances the oil secretion from the glands and helps to calm inflammation of the skin and break-outs. Body responds to the therapeutic quality of sesame oil as well as the daily stimulation of the skin. A self-massage is a good alternative.
The basic principle is to maintain or regain balance of the three essential elements or “doshas” that are present in the human body, viz – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Every individual has a different combination of the essential elements and therefore a different “prakruti”.
An individual’s “prakruti” is usually a combination of two or more “doshas”. Harmonization of the “doshas” ensures that various channels in the body are free to transport fluids and other nutrients to one another and thus ensuring optimal body functions.
Vata (wind) – vata (wind) is the impulse principle necessary to mobilize the function of the nervous system.
Pitta (heat) –pitta (heat) governs the metabolism and transformation of the body.
Kapha (fluid) – kapha (fluid) is the principle which relates to mucous, lubrication and the carrier of nutrients to the various parts of the body.
Some of the more commonly used and known herbs, plants and natural ingredients, with their benefits are listed below.
Its name loosely translates to ‘horse smell’, but this root is nature’s adaptogen”. It helps to build the body’s resistance to anxiety and fatigue. It helps to normalise the functions of the body and produces a general defensive response. It is one of nature’s most stress-busting herbs.
One of our most popular spices, Turmeric can be eaten whole or in powder form. It is an antibacterial agent and ancient practitioners contend that it has fluoride which is essential for teeth and the well-being of the stomach.
This plant helps to calm inflammation and heals problematic skin. Neem is a natural detox, antiseptic and anti inflammatory agent. It is highly beneficial in preventing and treating skin infections.
Ginger contains around 40 antioxidant properties. It helps to fight ageing, improves the appearance of skin by removing toxins and stimulating circulation. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antiseptic and cleansing agent.
Basic enhances dull-looking skin by imparting lustre to the skin. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties making it a miraculous ingredients for skin formulations.