Self Massage = Self Love

self massageI love this post on the Chopra Center Site about Abyangha the art of Self Massage. Here is a yummy exerpt and a link to the full article. I usually use Banyan Botanicals Massage Oil for self Massage Oil you can find it in my Amazon Store.

There is no greater expression of self-love than lovingly anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil—this practice is called Abyanga. The Sanskrit word Sneha can be translated as both “oil” and “love.” It is believed that the effects of Abhyanga are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Like the experience of being loved, Abhyanga can give a deep feeling of stability and warmth.

A daily Abyanga practice restores the balance of the doshas and enhances well-being and longevity. Regular Abyanga is especially grounding and relaxing for Vata dosha imbalances, but everyone can benefit from this practice.

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89
(One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda)

Benefits of Abhyanga

  1. Nourishes the entire body—decreases the effects of aging
  2. Imparts muscle tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
  3. Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  4. Lubricates the joints
  5. Increases circulation
  6. Stimulates the internal organs of the body
  7. Assists in elimination of impurities from the body
  8. Moves the lymph, aiding in detoxification
  9. Increases stamina
  10. Calms the nerves
  11. Benefits sleep—better, deeper sleep
  12. Enhances vision
  13. Makes hair (scalp) grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy
  14. Softens and smoothens skin; wrinkles are reduced and disappear
  15. Pacifies Vata and Pitta and stimulates Kapha—to learn more about Doshas.

– See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/the-benefits-of-ayurveda-self-massage-abhyanga#sthash.O1dAacP1.dpuf

Boost Your Immune System with Body Brushing

Immune Boosting Massage for the Fall

This week our Fall is so crisp and lovely!

In Ayurveda (the sister science to Yoga) the Fall brings with it the drying qualities of Vata (Air.) We can feel it as it is harboring an emptiness and a dryness. Even so it is time to simplify, take care, and savor the quieting. With the cooling and drying, it is an especially good time to create a seasonal self-care routine. With the change of season, it is also important to begin bolstering our immune system to ground with ease through our beautiful fall.

Massages are a lovely seasonal self-care ritual. This November my Massages are crafted with love for the immune system featuring body brushing.

Some other Ayurvedic & Grandma Inspired daily care moments are proven to bolster the immune system:

  • Wash Your Hands (A Lot!)
  • Rinse Your Sinuses with Warm Salt Water Using a Neti Pot or a Salt Water Sinus Spray. This is preventative & also for those with sinus congestion.
  • Gargle with Warm Salt Water at the End of the Day or when you feel that sore throat twinge
  • Line your Sinuses with Nasya Oil (Sesame Based) to clear congestion & the mind
  • Make a warm lemon ginger tea
  • Most Importantly Move Your Lymph & Stimulate your ParaSympathetic (healing) Nervous System through Exercise, Acupuncture, Herbal Support, Massage, Yoga or Dry Brushing.

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Ground through Autumn Massage

90 min • 115
Featuring Body Brushing & Slow Flow Massage

Enjoy a massage with Immune Boosting Body Brushing, a short guided relaxation mediation & a slow-flow arnica/rosemary heating oil massage that smoothes out the aches and soothes the mind & spirit.

Body Brushing Benefits:

  • reduce cellulite
  • exfoliate
  • boost circulation
  • improve lymph drainage
  • increase release of toxins
  • promote tighter skin
  • encourage cell renewal

Available throughout November
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Have Your Thai Bodywork & 60 Min Massage Too

90 min • 110
Pack your Yoga Pants and Add the Best of Thai Yoga BodyWork to your massage session. Great to help make hips happy, open the heart to soothe neck & shoulders, or get the spine to glide, spiral & serpentine once again. Enjoy therapeutic & functional Thai Yoga movements informed by neuromuscular therapy/muscle energy techniques. Adding some dimension to your massage table experience, Thai Massage is just the thing to reduce pain and rebalance the body. Book Now

SATI CARE PACKAGE

For those dealing with chronic pain, managing a condition, or going through transitional stress. Sati Care Package will focus on treating a specific concern at weekly intervals.
Initial 2H Assessment & Massage Session • 150
+ 4 Weekly 60 min Massages • 70/ea
Option to Renew 4 Weekly Package as needed.

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NEWBIE CLIENT INTRODUCTORY RATE

90 minute massage • 75

It is nice to meet you! In addition to being a wonderfully relaxing experience massage therapy can have a profound impact on our health and wellness. Each 90 minute massage is a custom blend of modalities. Choose up to three therapeutic focus areas.

For the month of November, clients booking their first massage at SomaSati BodyWork receive the lower Introductory Rate of $75 (you’re welcome!)

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