I know you may be asking, 'What’s with this obsession with oil and self-massage in Ayurveda?' Or maybe, 'Why do I need to massage myself daily?'
Good questions. You may also be asking yourself, 'Is self-massage really going to be better than or as good as if someone else gives me a massage?'
Let’s get started answering your questions by first discussing the top 10 benefits of self-massage. Yup, there are really that many! We’ll then get down to business with a few self-massage tips, plus instructions on how to do a self-massage in 8 easy steps.
I could list 10 more benefits, but I know you are starting to see the big picture, and why the practice of self-massage is so important.
Do try to set aside enough time to do a self-massage routine. A 45-60 minute routine is ideal. If you absolutely don’t have time for a 45-60 minute routine, it is better to do a shorter routine than skip doing one altogether.
Try to commit to a regular schedule with your self-massage. For example if you cannot do it daily, do it 3 times per week at a set time. Some people prefer mornings and some prefer evenings before bed. You can take a shower after your self-massage, but you don’t have to.
If you don’t know your dosha , or current imbalance (vikruiti), go with what season you are in:
I hope that you are feeling more excited and comfortable about the prospect of improving your health and general well-being with something as easy as self-massage.
And just think, it won’t cost you a dime except for the minimal cost of the oil.
Your Ayurveda professional is addressing a particular issue that you may have, and working at a different, deeper level that is made more effective by your self-care routine. By doing self-massage and booking a regular session of Ayurveda bodywork you are enhancing your overall health and well-being.
So now you know why massage is good for you and self-massage is even better!
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