We all know that the Ayurveda is a heathy thing. But to include Ayurveda in our everyday life is is even healthier :D. According to Ayurveda we should include more activities in our daily routines (in dincharya – daily routine in Sanskrit) except the standard ones(taking bath, brushing teeth, eating, etc.).
It’s important not to ignore the significance of some simple, but very very beneficial activities. One of these activities is Pada Abhyangam, also known as Ayurvedic foot massage.
Calming Ayurvedic Foot Massage
There are many techniques that can be used for a foot massage, but this article shows only the most simple practices which can be included in your day-to-day routine.
Some of the best relaxation oils for foot massage are sesame oil, olive oil, mustard oil, coconut oil, as well as home-made ghee and Cow’s ghee, especially for daily use.
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Spill several drops of the chosen relaxation oil, or ghee, and rub it gently on your feet first using your hands, and then the smooth surface of a small metallic bowl.
According to classical texts, the best thing to use is “bell metal”.
Rub the oil in both directions from two to ten minutes on both feet.
Once you’re done with the massage, wash your feet with warm water.
Best time for this massage is just before going to bed, but also it can be done at any time of the day.
Foot Massage Benefits
- Induces state of relaxation
- Relieves anxiety
- Brings sound sleep
- Improves blood circulation
- Releases tension and stress
- Rejuvenates the whole body
- Eradicates pain
- Improves digestion
- Restores youth and vitality
- Improves vision
- Nourishes hair follicles
- Develops vigor
These are just few of the benefits you will get by regularly massaging your feet with one of the oils or ghee we mentioned. Foot massage is used in the treatment of many ailments as well, using specific techniques and therapeutic oils depending on the problem.
As you can see in the picture above, this simple lifestyle routine can help you treat and prevent various health problems. So it’s recommended to do this massage even if you don’t suffer from any ailment.