Must try oil based massages this summer

Talk about the different types of oil massages and the varieties are countless. And then there are blended oils, fragrant oils, fruity oils, aroma oils, flowery oils and so on. While some may leave a greasy after affect on your skin, others may leave that unpleasant smell for a long period of time. And worse still, some oils may give you allergic reactions or red itchy marks. In order to understand what massage oils are meant for and what the top 5 must-try varieties this summer are, we bring you expert insights from Dr Meenakshi Joshi, Consultant Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Panchkarma at Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon.

Understanding Ayurveda procedure for oil massages

Oils are selected according to the body composition and need.
One should not get Ayurveda massage therapy on a full stomach.
There are many types of strokes and pressures during each type of therapy. Time duration is usually 1 to 2 hours.
During most of these therapies, oil is applied liberally and in a few therapies, an oil bath with lots of massage is used.
Oil gets absorbed and after nourishing the cell it takes away the morbid waste back to main flow through lymph, sweat or blood and after that its thrown out the body. This enables internal deep cleansing as well as nourishing and moisturizing, if done the right way.

Benefit of oil massages for the skin and body

Any type of lubrication is tremendously helpful for skin as it will ward off dryness.
It will give moisturizing and suppleness to the skin.
These are best to ventilate skin and deeply nourish while removing debris, dead layers and opening up clogged pores.
By massaging, micro nutrients of the oil become more penetrable and absorb well.
These oils are best to keep away wrinkles, which set deeper especially in the winters.
Therapies relax deeply thus benefitting frown lines, posture problems, stiffness in the body and occupational problems.

Top 4 must-try oil-based massages this summer

Abhaynagam- It helps solve body aches, is anti ageing, and improves blood circulation. Abhaynagm is a traditional ayurvedic massage. In this, oils are selected according to skin, body composition and weather. The oil seals the moisture content and removes the dryness from skin cells. The medicated herbal oil balances the doshas too. With massage, heat is generated and penetration of oil is increased.
Shirodhara- This treatment is best for lubrication and moisturizing hair. Shirodhara is very specialized keraliya ayurveda oil therapy. In this therapy an oil massage of the head region is done. After the massage, the oil is selected according to purpose and then slowly dipped along the forehead region. Shirodhara helps create peace, a sense of wellness while energizing chakra point energies, reducing high blood pressure, sleeplessness and various other psychosomatic problems.
Pizhhichill- One of the most luxurious oil therapies in ayurveda, pizhhichill is considered as a royal bath with special oils. Almost equal to 5 liters of oil and 5 therapists are required for this. This therapy leaves the skin supple, moisturized, nourished and pampered.
Marma- Arguably, the best therapy for female emotional problems. Marma massage helps in clearing the body of dead skin and hormonal imbalances. The results are shown in skin, like freckles, pigmentations, early wrinkles and blotted skin. In marma massage, generally essential herbal oils are used. Patch test is required before doing this. It is one of the best therapies for pregnant women and post menopausal women.

Some times because of lack of time and infra structure one canít go immediately or regularly for all of the above Ayurveda massage therapies and oil applications. In that case, ayurvedic massage of head and upper part and feet is just enough to soothe the skin. Oil keeps these maximum exposed parts of the body well lubricated and moisturized. Have a happy summer!

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