Ayurveda (ah-yer- vayda) is an ancient holistic medical practice originating in India over 3,000 years ago and is still being used today. With a focus on using dietary, lifestyle, and herbal remedies based on one’s constitution, practitioners have found a natural approach to healing both mind and body. Self-care is an important aspect of reducing stress, and improving well-being, and has a significant impact on not just us, but the people around us. Massage therapy is known to improve circulation, relieve pain, and promote relaxation. Of course, going to get a massage whether it’s doctor-ordered, or just to pamper ourselves can be expensive and isn’t done enough to reap the benefits of this healing treatment.
One of Ayurvedic medicine’s most recommended forms of at-home care includes self-massage. The best part about soothing your nerves from head to toe is it can be done as a daily ritual without making an appointment or paying a professional. Seniors suffering from aches, pain, or feelings of nervousness can relieve tension in the privacy of their own homes simply by using warmed massage oils. Some of the best neutral oils for massage are apricot kernel, sesame, or coconut oil, which can be purchased inexpensively at most health food stores. Some practitioners recommend adding essential oils for added therapeutic benefits but advise people to check with their doctor as some may interfere with certain medications or cause allergic reactions.
Beginning at the scalp and ending with the soles of the feet, studies have shown massage to be helpful for a variety of ailments from fibromyalgia to digestive issues. Of course, having someone to do the massage for you is ideal, especially if reaching or bending is difficult, but just a few minutes every day or a few times a week is a healthy indulgence worth investing in.
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