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Massage with oils – the importance of external oleation.

The word for oil in Sanskrit, sneha, is also the word for love. So massage ritual is essentially spreading love and nourishment to all of the tissues in the body, as well as to the mind and senses.

“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)

External oleation of the skin is becoming more important as our population ages.

The main reason to massage the body with the oil is to remove toxins from the deep tissues. It also works to purify, nourish, and tone the body on a deep cellular level.

How should we use this information to achieve our aims?

  1. Reduce the frequency of bathing, showering, and cleansing. The water should be kept at the coolest temperature practical, and one should get out as soon as possible. Sponge bathing should be encouraged.
  2. Apply an oil directly on skin that is still damp. 
  3. Self massage 30-60minutes before bath or shower.
  4. Keep room temperature low. Humidity should be kept as high as possible without causing damage.
  5. Limit the exposure to soaps, detergents, solvents, and water. Such products dry the skin and alter its pH balance. Overdrying should be avoided. In addition, friction from washcloths, rough clothing, and abrasives should be avoided.
  6. Use natural, pure, cold pressed, unrefined oils frequently. Use best quality oils that you can find.  Your skin is your biggest organ, and everything you put on it absorbs directly into your bloodstream.
    Dry skin – use carrier oils as often as possible 4-5 times a day.
    Oily skin – once a day.
  7. Use oils according to your skin type and needs. 
    Dry/Mature Skin Avocado, Jojoba, Kukui Nut, Olive, Rosehip Seed, Sweet Almond, Evening Primrose, Calendula, Camellia Seed, Olive, Sesame, Macademia, Argan, Tamanu

     

    Normal Skin Apricot Kernel, Peach Kernel, Jojoba, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Sesame, Hazelnut, Pomegranate

     

    Oily/Acne Prone Skin Jojoba, Neem, Apricot Kernel, Coconut, Tamanu, Sesame, Hemp Seed, Black Cumin Seed, Rosehip Seed, Pumpkin Seed

     

  8. Avoid synthetic products. Synthetic moisturizing creams can be too dense on the molecular level to permeate the tissue adequately.

Benefits of applying oil to the body:

  • Improves softness, strength and color to the bodymassage with oil - external oleation
  • Helps in removal of waste products/toxins
  • Decreases the effects of aging
  • Improves sense organs
  • Nourishes the body
  • Increases longevity
  • Benefits sleep patterns
  • Benefits skin
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  • Imparts tone and vigor to the tissues of the body
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body
  • Increases circulation
  • Pacifies dry, sensitive skin.

A full body oil massage, calms the mind, leaving you feeling grounded yet focused and alert, and balances emotions.

If you live in York and are looking for massage: Aromatherapy and Ayurveda – contact me on (+44) 7908352770 or shamamatherapy@gmail.com

When I was in India, studying Ayurveda, I also learnt how important it is to massage a baby from its early days.

What is baby massage?

Baby massage is gentle, rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. Use pure, unrefines, cold-pressed oils only on your baby’s skin. As part of your massage routine, you can gently manipulate your baby’s ankles, wrists and fingers. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby while you are massaging.

Benefits of baby massage:

Massage may help your baby to:

  • develop mentally, socially and physically
  • stay relaxed
  • cry less
  • sleep better
  • improve weight gain
  • aid digestion
  • improve circulation
  • ease teething pain

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Aromatherapy

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“My elders have said to me
that the trees are the teachers of the law.
As I grow less ignorant
I begin to understand what they mean”

                   – Brooke Medicine Eagle

 

 

From the beginning we have been surrounded by the presence of plants. Plants, animals and people have coevolved over a long period of time. Their relationship reflect matualistic interdependencies that cannot be viewed in isolation from one another.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is an Art of using naturally extracted aromatic essence from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to balance, harmonise and promote the heath of the BODY, MIND and SOUL. It enhances psychological and physical well-being.

The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.

Benefits of aromatherapy and massage

Aromatherapy can help people in many ways. It is a natural way to improve your health and
calm your mind. Aromatherapy can:aromatherapy

  •  Enhance mood and general feeling of well-being.
  •  Improve blood and lymphatic circulation.
  •  Strengthen the immune system, resistance to disease and combat infections.
  •  Promote deeper and easier breathing.
  •  Help to deal with different emotions,  such as anxietydepression and grief.
  • Promote healthy skin care.
  • Stimulate all the senses to help increase sensory awareness through touch, music and smell experiences.
  • Soothe the tension and pain of the muscles, improve flexibilitymobility and co-ordination.
  • Encourage restful sleep.
  • Improve digestion – massage to the lower back and abdomen can help the colon work more comfortably and naturally.

Aromatherapy is a continuous exchange, process of giving and receiving. Aromatherapy allows individual to find his/her inner harmony and peace.

Natural Cosmetics

Healthy Hair Oil

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Healthy Hair Oil
Rosemary & Sweet orange
with Vitamins and essentials oils

Nourishes, smoothes, adds moisture, shine & beautiful fragrance to your hair. Eliminates Itching & Dandruff – Softens & Conditions – Reduces Irritation & Replenishes the Skin. Antibacterial, antiseptic, astringent. Absorbs quickly.

Ingredients:  Sweet orange* (Citrus sinensis), True lavender* (Lavandula angustifolia), Ylang Ylang* (Cananga odorata), Rosemary* (Rosmarinus officinalis), Sage* (Salvia officinalis, Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Sesame oil* (Sesamum indicum), Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca), Vitamin E

* Organic ingredients

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Natural Cosmetics

Energizing massage oil

vitilising body lotion

Energizing Massage oil
Grapefruit & Cedarwood

with Vitamins and Essentials oils

Uplifting blend of essential oils to refresh, invigorate and re-focus the mind. Helps stimulate the body into action. Naturally stimulates your circulation, and rejuvenates your body.

Ingredients: Grapefruit* (Citrus paradisi) , Rosemary* (Rosmarinus officinalis), Juniper berry*(Juniperus communis) , Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Bay laurel* (Laurus nobilis), Jojoba oil* (Simmondsia chinensis), Apricot Kernel oil (Prunus armeniaca), Vitamin E

*Organic ingredients

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Aromatherapy for Depression

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Depression – a journey into the Light

Depression, which literally means ‘a lowering’, occurs when person’s energy becomes depleted, blocked, and pulled down. Wide range of psychological issues and pressures can lead to feelings of depression. Its primary source is an unresolved, repressed, or forgotten emotions and thoughts such as grief, trauma, crisis, conflict or loss, lack of harmony with Nature, damaging relationships, lack of life purpose, meaninglessness among others. From a soul-centred perspective, depression is a natural human response to an endless variety of circumstances and states of unresolved suffering, or tension within the psyche. Continue Reading…

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Aromatherapy and Yoga

aromatherapy and yoga

Holistic Aromatherapy and Yoga
– a union of the mind, body and soul.

 Aromatherapy and Yoga incorporates main concepts of Holism:

  • Each person exists on many levels: physical, mental/emotional and spiritual
  • Each person is unique
  • Each person needs to be part of the decision-making process/each person is self-responsible
  • Each person has self- healing potential to evoke a sense of balance and wholeness

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