Ayurveda places great importance on massage for health.
The two main oils used in Ayurveda, are virgin organic coconut oil which is great for summer as it is light and cooling and organic sesame oil which is rich and warming. Use the oil straight
from the bottle/jar or make up your own special blend adding essential oils. This photo shows one of my unique oil blends which have a couple of drops of orange and frankincence essential oil added to a 50ml bottle of sesame oil.
The oils have special
properties depending on how you are feeling. This blend is calming and energising.
Creating a special place in the house to learn mindful meditation will help you focus and relax quicker but you can sit anywhere comfortable. Sit on a chair or cross
legged on the floor with a cushion under the hips.
Feel your breath, smile and close your eyes.
After a few moments rub a small amount of the oil gently into your hands and wrist.
Focus on the feel of the massage. This gets easier
the more you practice.
With your thumb and index finger gently massage the webs between your fingers.
Breathe through your nose.
For each web feel the breath flow in and out then move to the next.
This is a wonderful way to relieve
tension and stress and to learn to focus, letting go of busy thoughts.
Now gently press your left thumb into the centre of the palm of your right hand supporting the back of your hand with the left fingers.
This is an important Marma massage
point in Yoga and Ayurveda. Imagine you are bringing in positive changes in your life and picture what that means to you.
Then do the same with the centre of the left palm. Imagine you are letting go, it could be of your busy morning or a negative
emotion, observe what comes to mind and feel it dissolve as the hands become relaxed.
Clasp your hands together and turn the palms facing out and stretch them upwards as you breathe in and slowly lower them as you breath out. Repeat 4 more times moving
as slowly as you can. Be gentle...it has to feel good.
This is yoga...... a connection between the body and mind using the breath.
This whole massage takes about 5 minutes and how good it feels.
You do not have to use oil or
be sitting at home. Practice in the office, on a train, anywhere.
Our hands are so important, yet we often ignore them. Love and look after them.