Long before spas gained the kind of popularity they enjoy today, the concept of applying and massaging oil on oneself was widely practiced. This practice was known as ‘Abhyanga’, and it consisted of applying high quality beneficial oils on one’s skin every day.
Nowadays, getting a massage is considered to be one of the most relaxing experiences. But, as it would come across as a surprise to some people, this practice has existed for several centuries. According to the Ayurveda, which is India’s very own system of traditional medicine, the practice of applying oil on one’s body has a host of health benefits. By applying one of the best massage oil in India, you are sure to feel rejuvenated, relaxed and in a much better state of mind.
It is written in the Ayurvedic texts that the oils from numerous medicinal plants offer a host of health benefits. Massaging oil on one’s body has been known to ease stress and calm the nerves while helping the body to absorb the nutrients from the oils. Oils have a “locking and protective nature”, says REN Skincare Ambassador David Leigh Delport in this article from Forbes. He further adds that oils “improve cell cohesion, meaning that they can limit transepidermal water loss.” This article also talks about how oils are advantageous to one’s body.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of an oil massage:
- Improves Body Flexibility
The hand movements that happen one’s body during the course of a massage helps to loosen up the muscles and nerves. This in turn aids in better blood circulation and helps to bring about greater body flexibility.
- Improves Blood Circulation
When pressure is applied on different parts of the body and parts of the body are pressed, twisted and rubbed, it helps to stimulate the surface of the skin, leading to the generation of heat, which in turn stimulates the nerves and the blood vessels underneath the skin. This helps to improve blood circulation.
- Calms and Relaxes the Mind
An oil massage helps to uplift one’s mood and feel a deep sense of calm and contentment. When a massage is performed, it helps to stimulate certain hormones that are beneficial for overall mental health as they calm the mind, relieve stress and minimise depression.
- Provides Physical Relief
The practice of oil massage as a relief therapy has existed for centuries. It has stood the test of time, and the technique of applying oil on one’s body helps to soothe both the body and mind.
- Provides a Boost to Nerve Health
As the body is pressed, patted and rubbed during the process of administering a massage, the nerves underneath the surface of the skin are stimulated and therefore are able to function much better. According to the Ayurveda, this helps to sharpen one’s senses and make one’s mind more focused.
- Combats Body Pains
It is no surprise that a massage feels highly comforting when there are aches and pains in the body. This is because the massage movements have an effect on the muscles and nerves that helps in pain relief. The enhanced blood circulation as a result of a massage also stimulates the secretion of hormones that make one feel relaxed and relieved.
- Helps to Remove Toxins from The Body
Since the application and massaging of oil on the body helps to promote blood circulation, it is also very helpful in the elimination of toxins from the body. It has been shown that getting massages on a regular basis helps to maintain the proper functioning of the body’s waste elimination system such as the sweat glands and the kidneys.
- Helps in Better Sleep at Night
A thorough oil massage makes the body feel calm, relaxed and rejuvenated. This paves the way for a healthier and deeper sleep at night because it relaxes both the mind and the muscles in the body.
- Keeps the Stomach Healthy
The massage movements over the stomach and the abdomen help to relieve gas, stimulates the proper secretion of gastric juices and enhances the performance of the liver and spleen. This, in turn, provides a boost to the digestive system and prevents acidity in the body.
- Keeps the Skin Healthy
Massaging oil on one’s skin is one of the best methods to achieve healthy, glowing skin. This practice also helps to prevent dryness as well as pimples. Oil massaging the skin also helps to preemptively combat wrinkles, pigmentation and damage from too much exposure to sunlight.
- Gets Rid of Marks on the Skin
When oil is massaged on the skin, it permeates the top layer of the skin and helps to thoroughly moisturise it. Massaging oil also stimulates the production of melatonin, which is very helpful in removing stretch marks.
- Alleviates Cold Symptoms
The application of oils on the skin in the form of a massage has an overall warming effect on the body. By disseminating this kind of a warm feeling across the body, it provides a comforting and relieving effect on the body by alleviating the symptoms of sinusitis and cold.
In this discussion about body oils and their benefits, here is a list of some of the various oils that are most commonly used in massages:
- Sesame Oil
- Bhringraj Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Amla Oil
- Neem Oil
- Almond Oil
- Jasmine Oil
- Olive Oil
- Fenugreek Oil
Each of these oils offers a unique set of benefits that help to address specific body requirements, such as hair, skin and face. Oils have moisturising, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants as well as nutrients that nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
KMP Ayurvedic is delighted to offer you some of the finest Ayurvedic oils for your hair care, skin care and pain relief needs. KMP Ayurvedic has made a name for itself in the personal care market with a diverse and expanding range of products that are effective, affordable and are made only with the highest quality ingredients.