How to do abhyanga?
Warm the oil by keeping the oil bottle in a hot water pot for 5 minutes. Always use warm oil to massage your body. It helps in better absorption.
For daily abhyanga, apply oil to your hands, rub them together, and apply the oil to your scalp. Gently massage the roots of hairs with your fingertips for 5 minutes. Then, take a little oil and gently massage your ears in a circular motion.
Now, moving downwards, take oil as required and apply gentle strokes on the front and back of the neck, shoulders, and collar bone. Then move towards the arms and give long strokes on the upper and lower arms. Use circular strokes to massage the joints like the elbow joint, wrist joint, and shoulder joint. Now, massage the fingers and palm of both hands.
First complete massaging one arm, then move to the other arm. Now, massage armpits towards the center of the body. Then gently massage the chest.
Move to the front of your torso, and apply a large circular motion on your abdomen. Then rub the side and flanks of the body with long strokes. After this, massage your lower back to the hip area with long and small circular strokes. Also, apply oil and massage for 5 minutes the upper back (as much as you can reach).
Finally, massage your legs with long strokes. Use circular strokes on the joints like the knee and ankle joints. Pay special attention to your toes, fingers, and the sole of your feet.
It may take 30 minutes to abhyanga the whole body. But, if you do not have time in the morning, you can apply warm sesame oil all over the joints, ears, and feet.
Embrace this daily routine in your life and improve your overall health! If you are new to this regimen, it is better to consult an Ayurvedic doctor who can help you guide better.