The practice of oil massage is called Abhyanga in Ayurveda. Try to work abhyanga into your schedule once a week and see how that small but powerful change makes a difference in how you feel. For a stronger effect commit to doing abhyanga every day for just one week. The physical and mental changes you feel can be quite dramatic.
Improved Circulation and Added WarmthOne benefit of sweating is that it hydrates and lubricates your skin. As the temperature drops and you sweat less, your skin dries out. As the weather gets chilly; the coloring in your skin fades, and the skin takes on a dry, aged appearance. Oil restores softness to your skin by rehydrating this layer of tissue and protecting it from the wind. A protective layer of dense, insulating fats keeps your core body temperature and extremities warm.
The Best Oils for FallWe suggest using plain sesame oil in the fall. Sesame naturally induces more warmth than other oils. Alternatively, try an herbal oil like Vata Oil. Read more about abhyanga here: My Saved Articles | Most Popular
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.