November 21st, 2012Abhyanga
Mishelle Knuetson M.H.
I am studying to be certified in Thai Yoga Therapy. Part of my training is learning Ayurveda practices. Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old holistic healing tradition from India. It emphasizes re-establishing balance in the body, mind and spirit through diet, lifestyle, exercise, and body cleansing. These are the same foundational principles which the School of Natural Healing teaches.
The stimulating touch of a self-abhy helps the skin release a pharmacy of healing chemicals within the cells that have health-promoting effects. On a physical level the oil helps to lubricate the skin and make the muscles supple. On a psychological level tensions are eased. In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function. Giving yourself a daily self-abhy is deeply healing to body, mind and spirit. For directions on how to do the Abhyanga, click here.
BENEFITS OF ABHYANGA
- Improves circulation
- Calms the mind and the nervous system
- Promotes restful sleep
- Helps prevent osteoporosis and increases bone strength
- Softens, lubricates and tones the skin
- Reduces signs of aging
- Relieves aches and pains and prevents injuries to muscles, tendons & joints
- Increases secretion of hormones from the skin
- Helps hair grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy
Dr. Christopher also taught of a similar practice in his Incurables program; the three oil massage. (For more information on the program see Curing the Incurables booklet). He used oils such as castor oil for cleansing, olive oil for nourishing, and wheat germ oil for rejuvenating the body.
I have started utilizing the practice of Abhyanga in my life, using the oils Dr. Christopher recommends in the three oil massage. I have loved it!! I am starting to notice a difference in the feel of my skin, my eliminative channels are functioning with greater ease and my hair seems fuller and glossier. It is so much better than using lotions loaded with toxic chemicals. This is an amazing self-care practice that I highly recommend to everyone.
Mishelle Knuteson is certified in Rapid Eye Technology (RET) an emotional release therapy, teaches classes in The Art of Feminine Presence and a Master Herbalist ~ graduate of The School of Natural Healing. Mishelle currently works as an Educative Master Herbalist (MH) for The School of Natural Healing and as Office Manager of Christopher Publications.