Abhyanga is a traditional form of full body Ayurvedic massage. It involves applying warm medicinal oils that are customized according to your dosha or body type (Vata, Pitta, Kapha).
In Ayurveda, massage is not only used for relaxation, it is used as a method of detoxification on the cellular level. Abhyanga can promote detoxification and lymphatic drainage; it nourishes the skin and tissues, boosts the immune system and strengthens digestion, while creating a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. In our modern day lifestyle, Abhyanga is very grounding and offers the perfect antidote to stress. It is very supportive for those struggling with pain, such as arthritis, muscle tension, joint pain etc.
Abhyanga involves therapeutic massage technique and specific pressure points (marmas) which invigorate the body and mind, while restoring balance of the doshas. Abhyanga is a full body treatment and can be customized based on the individual, according to the season and the dosha type.
Benefits of Abhyanga:
Promotes total relaxation Strengthens the nervous and musculoskeletal systems Reduces fatigue Improves sleep Encourages detoxification Boosts the immune system Nourishes the skin Supports circulation and lymphatic drainage Improves digestion Reduces pain and lubricates the joints Slows down aging Harmonizes the flow of "prana"
An Abhyanga treatment lasts one hour, and can be done daily, weekly or monthly depending on your health concerns. It is most beneficial when a few are done close together.
All Ayurvedic therapies are customized according to your constitution and health concerns. Ayurvedic massage is offered by Catalina Rahaianu Bihan. If you have specific health concerns it is advised to have an initial naturopathic consultation with Dr. Leena Athparia, ND before proceeding to ayurvedic therapies so that the treatments can be customized according to your needs. To book an appointment, contact the clinic at 905-940-2727.