If you have been to an Ayurveda clinic, many a times the Ayurvedic doctor would have encouraged you to undergo massage therapy. While taking a massage in an Ayurvedic spa is quite a relaxing and enjoyable experience, many of us might not have time and money to spend on it. Self massage is also an economic and effective option, but still, many might not have 15 – 30 minutes of time for that on a daily basis. Here is a solution for this problem.
Daily massage Benefits:
Massage with Ayurvedic oils have lot of preventive and curative health benefits. If you do it regularly, it will keep you away from arthritis, spondylosis and such other degenerative disorders of joint tissue.
It strengthens the bones, relieves minor aches and pains quickly and keeps muscles well-toned. In a previous article, I have covered in detail about how massage works.
I also have covered about the precautions and benefits of massage during pregnancy.
It is a clinically proven fact that massage helps to relieve back pain.
Oil massage options for you –
- The massage that we have been discussing so far, refers to oil massage. The first and best option is to visit a spa or Ayurvedic centre for massage, at least once in a week or 15 days.
- It is a good option to go for weekend massage packages that many centres offer.
- If that is not an option for you, next best thing is to ask someone in the house to give you a massage, at least once a week. You may also want to return the favour.
- If that is also not possible, go for self massage, at least once a week.
If that too is impossible, then do go for SSDM technique.
Short Self Daily Massage technique (SSDM):
Check with your Ayurvedic doctor for a suitable oil for you to massage your body, daily.
Take one big spoon of the oil into a small bowl.
Daily, 10 minutes before bath, apply a very thin layer of the oil to your whole body. If that is not an option, at least apply oil to your joints.
Make sure not to miss the weight bearing joints. If not full body, you should consider applying the oil to following places:
Forehead – to relieve occasional headaches, that you might be getting, and to keep your mind calm, through out the day. Make sure to check with your doctor, if the oil irritates the eyes. If so, take extra precaution.
Avoid eyes – It is best to avoid eyes because you may start feeling over-relaxed and sleepy.
Front and back of the neck – Neck bears the 7+ kg of weight of head. In case you have excess head weight, neck has to work extra hard. It is prone to stiffness, twitches, sprains, pains and cervical spondylosis, so do not miss your neck.
Shoulders – You will be moving them through out the day, while swimming, bowling, dancing etc, so they need some lubrication.
Elbows – In a normal day, you might be lifting buckets full of paint, suitcase stuffed with a lot of money, your child’s school bag etc. So your elbows need some oiling.
Wrists – You might be playing badminton, or spanking your little kid, sharing grains with pigeons in your backyard, playing rapid fire chess games, your wrists are at work all the time. Give them a gentle massage.
Hip and lower back – bears the weight of your upper body, so definitely need some extra strength. Apply it there.
Knee joints – Again another weight bearing joint. Increasing its strength by applying oil, helps to improve your jogging speed, so, double benefit.
Calf muscle – Nothing special here. But just because you have already bent down to apply oil to knee, show a little mercy on the calves also to have more strength and to lessen the pain.
Ankles – A must, if you have the wrong habit of using high heeled slippers and shoes.
So, apply a thin layer of the oil to these joints, do a gentle massage for 10 seconds each for each joint, leave it on for 2 – 10 minutes, then have bath, preferably lukewarm water bath.
Because, you have applied only a very thin layer of oil, just a regular bath will be enough to get rid of the oil from your body.
If you are comfortable, you may apply the oil, just before doing a workout. This way, the massage benefits will be enhanced. But it should not make your hands and legs slippery, making you prone to injuries and fall.
If you are lazy to consult a doctor, Maha Narayana Taila can be used as a general massage oil for any healthy adult. But it is best to get the opinion of your Ayurvedic doctor for the right choice of oil. So, try SSDM and share your experience with me. I will be keen to hear.
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