Here yimi, we are all about incorporating wellness throughout our daily lives. One of the best things you can do to ensure your day goes to plan is to start as you mean to continue. We were recently featured in Bupa Life Insurance’s post about easy rituals that you can do in the morning to boost your health and wellness efforts.
The practice of daily self-massage, Abhyanga, is a very self-nurturing practice that restores health and vitality back to the body, mind and soul. It can be performed morning or night, and is extremely helpful to stimulate the body in the morning or for those who have disturbed sleep at night.
Abhyanga promotes self-awareness and a meditative, calm state of mind that is the perfect way to begin the day. As we move into winter it is particularly beneficial to include this ritual into your morning routine. Winter is naturally less energetic than the rest of the year and it is easy to confuse this stillness with a feeling of dreariness or depression. Taking just 5 minutes to nurture ourselves each morning is a wonderful opportunity to find the pleasure in our inner silence and help to bring renewed vitality to the body and mind.
By following these three simple tips, you’ll quickly start to notice the difference in the way you feel for the rest of the day. By getting your morning off to a healthy start, you set yourself up to make healthier choices throughout the day to keep your wellness efforts on track. Start with these steps every day and you’ll soon be amazed by how much better you feel, both physically and spiritually.
First choose the right oils Ayurvedic oils suited to your constitution:
- Vata (quick thinking types who are usually thin and fast moving): Use a warming, heavy, grounding oil such as cold pressed black sesame oil or almond oil with long, slow and calming strokes.
- Pitta (fiery personalities with athletic builds): Use a lightning and cooling oil such as organic coconut oil with long, slow and calming strokes.
- Kapha (heavier bodies with calm temperaments): Use a light, penetrating and warming oil such as safflower oil or mustard seed oil with more vigorous and penetrating strokes.
Now commence massage lasting 5-10 minutes:
- Place very small amount of oil in tiny container and over a bowl of hot water to warm before applying to body.
- Start massage on left foot for female, right foot for male.
- Massage with long strokes over limbs, and circular motions over joints and chest and abdomen. Target problem areas of congestion or pain.
- Work all the way up to the head, massaging the face also. It is ideal, but optional to massage the head with oil (try to do the head with oil at least once per week).
- A shower can be taken after application of the oils, or beforehand. For Vata constitutions it is best to leave the oils on the body.
For more great ideas on how to get started in the morning from some of Australia’s leading wellness professionals, check out our latest feature in Bupa’s article: ‘Lifestyle Experts Share Their Healthy Morning Habits‘.