There are so many things you can do to balance your life. To lower your stress, balance your hormones and connect to your true inner self. Not always are these tools what you thought they would be. But I tell you, if you like oil and massage this is the tool for you!
I came in contact with ayurveda the first time, when I went to India for a deep ayurveda cleansing. This was almost 6 years ago. It was a 6 week panchakarma and that was one deep treatment. The first weeks were pretty tough, physically and emotionally but I really felt the result it gave me after those 6 weeks. So been through an ayurvedic treatment and noticing the result, that gave me some respect to the old Indian treatment tradition.
One thing I have incorporated in my daily life is the Abyhanga – Warm Oil Self-massage. When you cover the skin with warm oil, your nervous system calms down. When the nervous system is calmer, the release of stress hormones will reduce. The stress hormones being reduced will help you to balance your other hormones as well. So to do things that will reduce your stress can have a big effect on your hormone balance over all. You can read more about that in this blog post.
Self massage is also a way to connect to your body. Massaging your skin and your whole body is a beautiful way to give yourself some self love.
Which oil to use
I recommend to using a good quality oil. The oil should be organic and edible. You should not use things on your skin that you can´t eat, right? You can buy a ayrvedic oil that is suited for your dosha (constitution) if you want or you can use untoasted sesame oil. I use herbal oil from Maharishi Ayurveda and mix it with sesame oil. To find out your dosha there are many tests out there, here is one you can try.
Warm the oil to body temperature. You can pour the oil in a small can and warm it in a water bath on the stove. I know many just have the oil in a plastic bottle and warm it in warm water, but I prefer not to have the oil in a plastic bottles, because of release of toxins from the plastic.
You need some towels, a towel on the floor, a towel to sit on and a towel to use after the shower. Use towels that are not so precious to you, over time they will be affected by the oil, even though you wash them.
How to do self-massage
Take a shower and use only soap on body parts you really need. To remove the oil from your hair you just use ordinary shampoo.
Remember to rinse your shower or tub with warm water to get rid of the oil.
If you don´t have enough time for massaging the whole body you can skip some parts and only massage a smaller part of your body like ears, neck, chest and feet.
I truly recommend you to try this massage, it´s so calming and has such a calming effect that stay for the rest of the day. Give this massage some time and give your slef that self love!
Have you tried the self-massage? Please share your story with us!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”