Have you heard of Ayurvedic Massage?
Anastasiya Day is a Tunbridge Wells qualified therapist in the ancient holistic treatment known as Ayurvedic Massage. In this blog post, she tells us all about this therapy and shares her tips on how to give yourself a foot massage too!
This is a collaborative post.
Padabhyanga aka Ayurvedic Foot Massage – what is it and how does it benefit us?
Ayurveda is a traditional holistic Indian medical system that has been used more than 5,000 years. Part of the Vedas and the oldest practised form of medicine. Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = knowledge). Ayurveda is very applicable to the modern world because it is based on the principles of nature, which haven’t changed over time.
In Ayurvedic medicine, abhyanga is the practice of massage with warm oil. Full-body, self-massage is incredibly nurturing, but with our hectic schedules, it can be hard to fit in. Padabhyanga, extremely rich in nerve endings (72,000), nerves in the foot are connected to various vital organs and relaxing them before ending the day offers many benefits.
There is a wonderful ancient Indian saying: “Disease does not go near one who massages his feet before sleeping”.
Sesame oil is traditionally used for calming, it is a powerful antioxidant, and easily absorbed and is very nourishing for the skin.
Massaging your feet helps detoxify your body, balance emotions, and improve blood circulation. This practice reduces stress, calms the mind and brings rejuvenation of the central nervous system.
Young children, who experience difficulty sleeping, may also find that massage helps them relax. One of my clients is a boy who is 12 years old and his session was only 30 minutes and he fell asleep. The feedback from him was good too, and in the end he had 6 sessions all together. Establishing a regular night-time foot massage routine will help improve the quality of your child’s sleep and overall being.
How to give yourself a foot massage:
Before bed wash the feet and dry them thoroughly. Warm your oil so it is comfortable to the touch and you can handle it without burning yourself. Apply gentle but firm circular pressure from the ankles to the tops of the toes. Finish by pulling on the toes. Repeat on the other side. Be sure to put socks on before you go to bed, so you don’t slip on the floor or get oil on your sheets.
Oil types: Sesame oil or ghee.
Would you like to find out more?
Ana is keen to promote the benefits and qualities of traditional Ayurveda to clients who want to improve their health through Ayurvedic treatments, including massage, yoga and nutrition. Get in touch with her by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 07890098180 or send a DM to anas_ayurveda on Instagram.