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Monday, September 26, 2011

Ayurvedic Oil Self Massage

Sometimes by the end of the day I would give anything for a massage but don't have the time to go in and am reluctant to spend the money. I recently read on Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow's amazing newsletter, about Ayurvedic Self Massage. Here are some things you can do to relieve stress after a long day at work, before the day to prepare yourself, or as a mini break during the day. I tried it out and it really does help with calming the body and mind.

Quick Stress Fix:
If you have had a very stressful day at work, massage the head with coconut oil or cold pressed sesame oil. Massage the sides of he head, front, and back. Then use fingertips like you are washing your hair for 2-3 minutes. Then, when you have finished, grab parts of the hair and pull away from the scalp.

Massage the sole of the foot between the second and third metatarsals. If a line in drawn from the base of the second tow to the heel, the point is one third of the distance from the toe. This point is a marma point pada Madhya. Press on this point, and if it is sore press gently and as it releases apply more pressure. This point on the foot calms the mind and relieves stress. Once you have done this on both feet then massage the feet with cold pressed sesame oil.

Head Marma Points: Press in very small circles in a clockwise direction.

  • Kapala: On the middle of the forehead at the start of your hairline. This marma is helpful if you feel bound by time, constantly in a hurry, or anxious.
  • Nasa Mula: On the midline of the forehead in between the eyebrows. This important marma brings order in the body, mind, and consciousness. It steadies the mind's thoughts and emotions to induce inner cal.
  • Hanu is located in the depression between the chin and the lower lips. This point relieves stress and emotions. Hanu means pride. When this point is unbalanced posture can be affected. Hanu is a very important point to use for stress management.

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