Do you self-massage with oil?
There are those of us who do it and rave about it. We have our favorite oils and laugh a little at the mess because we love the way it makes us feel—grounded and vibrant!
Then there are a whole group of folks who get overwhelmed by the potential mess of oil massage and opt out.
Here are some tips to help you break through the barriers and oil up.
Choosing the right oil entails a few main factors:
Whatever type of oil you need, be sure to buy a grade designed for oil massage. It can be a very unpleasant experience to try to do oil massage with sesame oil you picked up at the supermarket. This grade is designed for cooking and is too heavy for the skin. Ugh!
There are several companies who specialize in body oil and even make blended oils perfect for Abyanga. It is so worth it to source and use a good quality organic oil.
Less is more with oil. Spread it evenly and work it in especially around bends and creases. Allow time for the oil to soak in after you massage.
Do oil massage when it works for you: before morning shower, after morning shower or before bed.
Most of us don’t like to hang around cold and naked while the oil soaks in. If you do hang out in the buff after oil massage, be sure to protect your chair with a towel.
The idea is to stay warm and relaxed. I have an old flannel nightgown and cotton socks I wear. One of my teachers uses old sweats.
Use the older towels for after your oil massage. They are softer anyway.
Towels can go from guest towels to non-oil user towels to oil-user towels in a normal life cycle of use.
Here are a number of options to help with towel clean up:
Don’t let the oil build up in the tub or shower. At that point it is a bear to clean up.
Important: Clean after each after-massage shower! It takes 3 minutes.
Oil massage is an incredibly loving thing to do for yourself. Prioritize this practice as the Vata season of dryness progresses. Use these tips to push through any doubts you have about the practice…and oil up!
Let us know your experiences with Abyanga clean-up!
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