DIY Massage For Active Bodies

“Dear Body, I’m sorry I’ve neglected you, not giving you the rest you need, I promise to rejuvenate you so you can function at your best level. – Me”
OOn an active level and on a sedentary level of being at a desk all day, our muscles need to be nourished with not only the foods we fuel ourselves with, but also with massage.

Massage increases circulation and just feels damn good to be rubbed on! Especially for active bodies, massages ease pain and loosen up the knots.

For beginners, they’re most likely experiencing an increased amount of pain due to their muscles unaccustomed to the depletion that’s happening. But … massages and regular bodywork can be pricey, so let’s go discuss what types of oils to use and how we can DIY massage in between professional bodywork sessions. 

MMore specifically here, I’m referring to Ayurvedic Massage known as “Abhyanga”. It is said to enhance overall well-being and restores the balance of your doshas. If you’re unfamiliar with the Ayurvedic lifestyle, Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. 

Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda and is a combination of our 5 elements Air, Space, Water, Fire, and Earth encompassing everything around us from our Mind, Environment, Nutrition, Bodies and Interactions. It is also known as the sister science to Yoga.

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LLet’s get back to Abhyanga: Self Massage.

Why do we even need it? 

  • Massage increases blood flow while helps the healing and helps move waste products through the lymphatic system.
  • Massage Relieves overworked muscles from spasm
  • Massage Helps recover post-exercise fatigued muscles
  • Massage Relaxes the nervous system, calming the mind
  • Massage Reduces cortisol levels that induce stress
  • Massage Can reverse chronic poor posture by breaking up & returning muscles to their original length
  • Massage enhances vision and creates better sleep patterns
  • Massage lubricates the joins
  • And a thousand more reasons!

The benefits of self massaging are at large and it’s up to you to be healthy and to stay healthy. While others can influence and encourage – no one other than you can do this action of desiring optimal holistic health.

We urge you to follow these steps and try this at home, see how you feel and hope you found a new way to love yourself, and your body. 

We thank Banyan Botanicals for this very educational video on Abhyanga Massage, and allowing us permission to have this in our blog for you. 

Bless your body with oils infused with herbs and warm water. Massage the entire body prior to bathing. Saturate with love, for five minutes.”

 

Oils To use For Abhyanga

We recommend Oils from Banyan Botanicals – They are specifically designed for Ayurvedic Massage:

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to educate yourself. We wish you the best with Abhyanga Self Massage and are here as a guide for any additional help. 

Namaste, 

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  • oh man! If that happened to me I would force my partner to learn massage therapy LOL. Hopefully you have a hot tub, that can cure muscle pain as well!

  • ashley

    Very cool! I used to get massages a few times a year when we lived in the city, but now that we’ve moved to the country – I haven’t had one in forever! definitely going to try this.

  • Oh dear you’re missing out! Go to a professional and be sure to speak up about the pressure so they dont apply too much resulting in pain. Pain is generally caused by too much pressure, even deep tissue massage should be gauged around pain levels. Tell your “boo” to ease up a bit, or go slower more mindfully! Self massage is one way to go, though, if you can’t get to a professional. Try it out πŸ™‚

  • Miranda (Myrabev)

    I have never had a professional massage done as my boo always gives them to me and mostly they hurt as I am not used to it but for my sister’s hen do we going to spa for massage and I cant wait but talk about the price lol. Definitely want to try some of these oils

  • michelle

    Interesting idea. I’ve actually never had a massage, but can see how this would be very beneficial.

  • Emily

    Awesome! Trying this at home!