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