Ayurveda teaches us many different bodywork modalities, including oil massage called Abhyanga. Abyhanga is a Sanskrit word meaning “to rub the limbs”, usually with warm herbal oil.
Expect to learn the basic concepts, theory and history of Ayurveda, but mostly this is a hands-on class where you will witness a full Abhyanga demonstration as well as be led through a guided practice of giving and receiving a treatment. Students will feel confident in giving this type of authentic, time-proven, ancient massage modality. It can be added to your current massage techniques or can be offered exclusively on its own. The medical science of Ayurveda recognizes the value of using warm, herbal-oil during massage because oil is lipophilic, meaning it will dissolve toxic, fat-like substances in the subcutaneous tissues, nourish the skin, remove impurities, stimulate both arterial and lymphatic circulation, and calm the central nervous system….all of this will promote a intense blissful sensation and abolish stress that has been stored in the body. To support flow of prana (vitality) in the body, abhyanga is done in a specific, ancient sequence based on terminal clearance and techniques that work at the chakra level as well as the physical levels.
SAMA’s abhyanga massage begins by applying fresh lemon, salt, then oil to the soles of the feet. Then oil is applied to the crown of the head. Once these entrance/exit points (also known as terminal ends) are lubricated, the flow of prana and healing can begin. The rest of the sequence follows lines along the musculature and circles around the joints. This is a very comprehensive therapy, not designed for deep tissue work, but can be modified either way. Clients love this!
Comprehend the basics of Ayurveda
Be able to give a full Ayurvedic Massage
Learn why anointing the body with oil is so powerful
Define 8 forms of Ayurvedic bodywork
Understand the benefits/contraindications
Discover your Ayurvedic imbalance
Learn Nasya Therapy (herbal application of oil to the nostrils)
Learn Karna Purna Therapy (application of oil to the ears)
Learn how these therapies are rooted in pancha karma
Learn about Ayurvedic purifying essential oils and base oils
Learn the Sacred Stone Abhyanga sequence