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Ayurveda Part 5/5 – Touch

Written By: ruchi - Feb• 09•18
Ayurveda Doshas

Touch is the most nurturing thing we can do to others and ourselves. Gentle massage everyday improves BP, releases stress and enhances performance.

When Vata is aggravated, grounding effect of massage is very pacifying. It loosens toxins, softens skin, improves digestion and has lasting benefits on the immune system. Vata types should use warm, rich sesame oil in a gentle massage. Almond oil is the second choice.

Pitta types are better off with cooling oils like coconut, olive or sunflower oil.

Kapha types are best with heating oils or lighter oils – sesame, mustard or safflower oil. They can also massage without the oil.

For good general health, do a daily massage yourself before bath. Start from top going towards the bottom. Massage head and face. Spend some time on ears. It has a lot of Marma points. Marma points are vital zones of life force in the human body. They are found at the key junctions of muscles, veins, arteries, tendons and bones throughout the body. Joints should be massaged in circular motion, long strokes on limbs and circular motion on the chest and abdomen. Abdomen massage is also good for tummy aches. Massage spine. Circular motion over wrist, palms and fingers. It is very important to massage the foot. Circular motion over ankle and heel, back and forth the web between the toes and the sole. The whole massage can be completed in 5 minutes. Leave it on for at least 5 minutes and then use a mild soap and you are good to go. If you don’t have time for the whole body, at least massage your head, face, ear and the feet. If you have trouble sleeping, do massage before going to bed. Have warm milk with cardamom and nutmeg before bed.

Disclaimer: This article is based on Dr. Deepak Chopra’s book “Heal Your Body With Your Mind” as my personal study notes for future reference.