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Abhyanga massage

Abhyanga massage is based on Ayurveda, a Sanskrit word meaning “science of life.” Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine that has been in use for over 2,000 years. Abhyanga is a basic Ayurvedic treatment that encompasses the entire body. It is a massage therapy treatment that aims at general well-being, both physical and mental. The treatment is generally given with a warm or hot oil taking into account your doshic constitution (the doshas – pitta, vata and kapha – are part of the Ayurvedic approach). It is a balancing treatment that aims to prevent the imbalance of the body.


The encompassing movements of Abhyanga massage relax the muscles, nourish the tissues and stimulate the nervous system. Like other massage therapy treatments, it helps to:

  • Strengthen the immune system;
  • Improve breathing and circulation in the body;
  • Make the joints more flexible;
  • Strengthen muscle tone.
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Due to its relaxing effect, this treatment helps to temper moods, especially for anxious or stressed people. Abhyanga helps to increase energy, improve concentration and better manage emotions.


Abhyanga massage is an enveloping and gentle massage that uses circular and sliding pressures, friction, acupressure points and stretches with a sometimes moderate and sometimes faster rhythm. The oil used during the massage may differ from one person to another to adapt to each person’s needs and constitution.


The contraindications for Abhyanga massage are the same as for most techniques: fever, infection, wounds or skin problems and a history of heart problems.

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