Ayurvedic Foot Massage

It’s about imbibing Ayurveda in our day to day lifestyle. There is a certain discipline which we follow on the regular basis and what we call as “routine”. For e.g.: Brushing teeth, taking bath, Exercise, Eating. There are few more of such activities which were supposed to a part of our routine as described in Ayurveda. This comes under the umbrella of “Din Charya (Day to day Routine)”. Over the period of time some of the activities of Din Charya have gone missing from our life gradually but their importance hasn’t diminished at all. One such small technique is a “foot massage- pada abhyangam

Foot Massage

There are many techniques and manipulations for doing a foot massage but in this article we will focus on the simple practice which can be inculcated in our daily practice. Homemade ghee (clarified butter), Cow’s ghee, sesame oil, mustard oil, olive oil, coconut oil or any other relaxation oil can be used for the massage. For the daily use Cow’s ghee is considered to be the best.

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Simply use few drops of the selected oil/ghee and rub it on your feet. Use the smooth surface of a small metallic bowl to rub it gently on your feet. Classical texts indicate “bell metal” as the best choice for the same. Rub it gently in both directions for 2-10 minutes on both feet. After this relaxing routine simply wash the feet with warm water. It can be done anytime of the day. It’s good if done just before sleeping at night.

This simple refreshing technique has numerous benefits such as:

Alleviates anxiety

Induces state of relaxation

Brings sound sleep

Releases stress and tension

Improves blood circulation

Rejuvenates the whole body

Improves digestion

Eradicates pain

Improves Eye sight

Restores youth and vitality

Develops Vigor

Nourishes hair follicles

Listed above are just few of the benefits. It is also helpful in treating many ailments. For this purpose various therapeutic oils and techniques are used depending on the complaints. So if you have any ailments consult with your Ayurveda specialist. And if you don’t have any ailment let’s start practicing this technique to avail above benefits and run far away from diseases!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire says:

    Just to be clear – do you use the bowl to rub the oil into your feet? Or do you use the bowl to put the oil in? I’d like to try this. Thank you!

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    1. maitrinagar says:

      Hey Claire, the bowl is used to rub in the oil or clarified butter. please do let me know your feedback for the same. Thanks!

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