However, the technique of ayurvedic massage has its speciality, as it is
done according to age, constitution, season, condition of agni and ama.
Taking into consideration all these factors, proper oils are selected.
Apply warm oil on both palms and start massaging with smooth strokes
from middle of chin
. Place fingers under the jaw, keeping thumb on jaw line. Slightly
open your mouth and then manipulate the chin and jaw area by pressing
it up and releasing gently.
Place thumbs on the jaw at the chin with index and third finger
underneath the jaw line. Apply pressure to top and inner part of jawbone.
Make light and clockwise circles at temples.
Place index finger between lower lip and tip of chin. Open your
mouth and make clockwise circles at these points. Continue the massage
from cheeks to temples.
Place the tip of the index finger between nose and upper lip. Press
gently. Then stroke from this point out on both sides up to the corners
of the mouth. Then under the cheek bones to the top of the ear, over the
year, base of the ear and where it touches the head to the bony bump (mastoid)
behind the earlobe.
Place the index finger just above the base of the nostril. With
small circular movements massage from this point up to the bony prominence
behind the ear lobe, but from over the ear.
Start massaging from mid way between eyes and tip of nostrils.
Direction of massage should be the same as above.
Starting at the inner end of the eye brow pinch along the eye brow
to the outer edge with the help of index finger and thumb.
Stroke from the tip of the nose to the area pf the third eye, which
lies between the eyebrows. Massage this area with gentle circular motion.
Massage the forehead by making zigzag motions from one side of
the forehead to the other. Repeat this from left to right and then right
Benefits of Facial Massage
Enhances nourishment and cleansing of facial tissues, which improves
Maintains good tone and elasticity to all skin layers, keeping
the skin young and healthy.
Prevents aging of skin and formation of wrinkles.
Relieves facial tension and body stress.
Redirects subtle energies.
The head is the centre of the entire nervous system. It is the first organ
formed in the process of development of the foetus. Known in Sanskrit
as shiro abhyanga.
Pour oil on the top of the head. Use fingers to spread the oil.From
sides of the skull move upwards to the temples and massage the scalp.
Pour oil on the second spot at the base of the head, where the
vertebral column meets the skull.Maintain a steady pressure and press
the head with both hands moving forward to backward and vice-versa.
Benefits of Head Massage
Prevents and cures headaches.
Prevents and cures hair fall by strengthening hair roots.
Prevents and cures premature greying.
Prevents and cures baldness.
Prevents and cures refraction errors of eyes.
Enhances growth of hair and improve texture of hair.
Improves circulation of fluid from brain and spinal cord.
Increase hormones and enzymes necessary for growth of brain.
Increases prana, the subtle aspect of vata dosha to the body.
Increases concentration and induces sound sleep.
Oils Recommended as per Constitution (Dosha)
Massage for Vata constitution:
Should you have vata constitution, a daily oil massage is advisable, early
morning or before a warm bath in the evening. Sesame oil is best for alleviation;
removes dryness, stiffness and pain. Other oils are dashamula oil, narayana
or mahanarayana oil.
Massage for Pitta constitution:
Should you have pitta constitution, cooling massage oil massages are advisable.
Coconut and sandalwood oil suit this type of constitution the best; they
both calm the mind and cool the body. Sunflower oil can also be used for
Massage for Kapha constitution:
Should you have kapha constitution, massage should be avoided as far as
possible. The natural skin composition of this type is oily and thick.Dry
and hot potency powders are recommened. Massage should be vigorous and
deep. Powders of lentils, such as chick pea, bengal gram, should be used.
Massage for Mixed Dosha constitution:
Vata-Pitta- should use less oil than pure Pitta.
Pitta-Kapha- should use sunflower oil.
Vata-Kapha- should use dry powders of lentils and hot penetrating oils
like mustard oil.