It’s about including Ayurveda in our everyday lifestyle. Usually, our daily routines include taking bath, brushing teeth, eating, etc., but Ayurveda recommends incorporating more activities in our dincharya (daily routine in Sanskrit).
People often forget, or ignore the importance of some simple, yet very beneficial activities. One of them is Pada Abhyangam, or Ayurvedic foot massage.
Calming Ayurvedic Foot Massage
Though there are many manipulations and techniques that can be used for a foot massage, this article focuses on the simple practices which can be incorporated in your day-to-day routine.
The best relaxation oils for foot massage are sesame oil, olive oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, as well as homemade ghee and Cow’s ghee, especially for daily use.
Pour several drops of the chosen relaxation oil, or ghee, and rub it gently on your feet first using your hands, and then the smooth surface of a small metallic bowl.
According to classical texts, the best thing to use is “bell metal”.
Rub the oil in both directions from two to ten minutes on both feet.
Once you’re done with the massage, wash your feet with warm water.
You can do this foot massage anytime of the day, though it’s best when done before bed.
Foot Massage Benefits
- Induces state of relaxation
- Relieves anxiety
- Brings sound sleep
- Improves blood circulation
- Releases tension and stress
- Rejuvenates the whole body
- Eradicates pain
- Improves digestion
- Restores youth and vitality
- Improves vision
- Nourishes hair follicles
- Develops vigor
These are just few of the benefits you will get by regularly massaging your feet with one of the oils or ghee we mentioned. Foot massage is used in the treatment of many ailments as well, using specific techniques and therapeutic oils depending on the problem.
As you can see, this simple lifestyle routine can help treat and prevent various health problems, so it’s recommended even if you don’t suffer from any ailment.
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