Self-Care Practice for Resilience, Strength & Shine: Self-Oleation

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Self-oleation is one of my favourite ayurvedic self-care practices. Also called sneha (meaning both “oil” and “love”), it is a practice which is believed to have effects similar to being saturated by love : it is deeply healing, nourishing, strengthening and beautifying to all aspects of you.

“By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”  – Charaka Samhita

The Benefits of Self-Massage (Abhyanga)

  • Promotes softness and luster to the skin;
  • Brings youthfulness & decreases wrinkling
  • Nourishing, grounding and relaxing — calms the nerves
  • Decreases the effects of stress and improves sleep
  • Improves muscle tone and firmness of the body;
  • Lubricates and promotes flexibility of muscles & joints;
  • Moves the lymph, assisting with detoxification of the body.

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