Winter is here and sometimes we just can’t get the chill out of our bones. When your body is tense from a long day at work, stress, exercise or trying to keep warm, it can be really hard to fall asleep.
At Sleepability we always talk about the three conditions for sleep: a relaxed mind, a relaxed body and an environment conducive to sleep. This little evening ritual takes about 30 minutes and creates the ideal transition from day to night.
I discovered this ayurvedic self-massage recently and found that it makes a huge difference to my quality of sleep. The warming of the oils makes the massage even more soothing than a normal massage. I also love that you start by applying the warm oil to the top of your head. Massage from tip to toe makes you feel completely enveloped in this soothing warmth.
I try to do it about once a week when I know I need to relax for a guaranteed really good night’s sleep.
Ayurvedic self massage, also called Abhyanga, refers to the anointing of your body with warm oils. The essential oils are often infused with herbs that are known to provide multiple health benefits.
An ayurvedic self-massage can improve your general health and reduce your risk of musculoskeletal disorders while allowing you to enjoy a sound sleep. After indulging yourself with the massage, you can simply slip into your cozy duvet and feel every muscle in your body loosening up.
The relaxing and soothing effect of the massage coupled with the sense of warmth created by it will soon put you into a state of restorative sleep.
Here is a step-by-step method to perform an Ayurvedic self massage.
The Benefits of Ayurvedic Self Massage
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