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Oil Self-Massage For Winter

Ayurveda oil self-massageAccording to Ayurveda, the traditional system of medicine of India, massaging your body with warm, pure oils promotes detoxification and stimulates circulation in the lymphatic system, a key component of the immune system. It also calms the nervous system to support health and healing. And it moisturizes skin, especially in the drier winter months.

If you’d like to try self-massage, here’s how. Stand on a towel in your bathroom with warmed, organic, cold-pressed sesame oil in a saucer or small bowl. Using circular strokes, begin with your scalp, followed by your face and neck. [If you don’t want to put oil on your scalp and face, you can use your dry fingertips instead.] Apply oil to your palms as needed, and work your way down one shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, using long, up-and-down strokes along your limbs and circular strokes on joints. Repeat on the other side. Massage your chest and back, and then gently massage your abdomen in a clockwise direction. Rub your hips in a circular motion, and massage one leg at a time, using long strokes on your leg bones and circular strokes on the joints. Sit down on the towel to massage your toes and the bottom of your feet.

If you have time, relax and let the oil soak in for 10 minutes. Then wash off with soap in the shower. ~ adapted from Shannon Sexton, Yoga Journal

Our highly skilled therapists at Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto will give you expert oil massage sessions to help you keep healthy this winter! Professional bodywork can be a powerful support during the cold and flu seasons by reducing your stress response and stimulating your lymphatic system, especially lymphatic drainage massage.

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