I can’t very well start back to work (shameless self plug – I am also a Massage Therapist) and not shout from the rooftops the benefits of Massage for your body. There is something about what I do that I just love. Of course it’s the fact that I can help people relax, with pain, and therapeutically, but it’s more than that; it’s helping them reconnect to themselves. That’s one of the reasons I love getting on the table- it reminds me why I do what I do. I tell my clients there is no hiding on the table; whatever is going on comes to the surface. That could mean physically but also emotionally. “Stress and toxins build up and accumulate in the mind and body. By manually working with skin, Ayurveda claims you can help bring yourself back to the present moment and reduce excessive VATA energy, or an overabundance of the air element that can make you feel flighty, anxious, and undergrounded. In other words, the sense of touch can help settle your overactive, restless mind as it recharges and rejuvenates you.” – Kimberly Snyder
Over the last few weeks I have made a conscious effort to practice Abbyanga, an ancient form of self massage. Its great to get on the table, but that’s not always realistic. I meant to do it everyday…well, it didn’t quite work out that way. But, in all the crazy of life, I need a way to ground myself. Ayurveda believes in the connection of manually working the skin to the health of the muscles underneath AND the importance of improving circulation and detoxification. Massage is a powerful tool for detoxing by stimulating the blood and lymph vessels.
The Lymph is an often forgotten about system that is devoted to healing and immunity.
Working with the circulatory system to keep blood and fluid levels balanced, it is able to flush toxins out. Fluid squeezed from the blood, interstitial fluid, or ‘lymph,’ transports waste to your lymph nodes through a series of vessels similar to veins. Then the fluid is filtered and eventually returned to the bloodstream. The Lymphatic system is self circulating, the heart does not pump it. Outside of gravity, muscle contraction, and movement, these other methods of manipulation help support it.
Even though I didn’t practice Abyyanga, Ayurvedic Self-Massage everyday, I certainly did enjoy it and plan to make it more of a daily care ritual. It claims to help balance your entire mind-body, relieve fatigue, provide stamina, enhance sleep, promote a better complexion, increase longevity… you get the idea. While I can’t say that ALL that happened for me, I did get into it.
I felt luxurious.
Of course ALL massage makes me feel pretty luxurious. But even I don’t get on the table as often I as would like (Heck, I can’t even enjoy a few extra minutes beyond a quick shower as often as I would like!). This way I feel I can get some of the benefits for the reasonable price of a bottle of oil. I used Aura Cacia’s oil – you can pick it up at Whole Foods or Outpost. If you are looking for something, a little extra something, you are can do for yourself that gives you a moment to just reconnect. This could be it. Please follow the link above for directions.
Steeping in grounding care,
*I never warmed my oil- ain’t nobody got time for that!