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Make an Appointment with Yourself: Self Massage

Everyone loves a massage, and an oil massage is one of the fastest ways to get grounded and balance your ayurvedic doshas. Massage is often a rare treat though, it’s great to have one done for you, but my philosophy is…why wait?

Twice a week I give myself a great Ayurvedic massage—all I have to do is make an appointment with myself: it’s easy to agree a time and place (you can use your own home) there’s no need for small talk, and it’s completely free

Make an appointment with yourself, and check that you are free.

Make an appointment with yourself. Check that you are free.

It’s important to check yourself in (with yourself), make a commitment. Don’t wait till you have some spare time, it never happens!

Turn up the heating

Spread out some towels on the bed or mattress, turn up the heating, and allow yourself at least an hour of undisturbed time. You can use an ayurvedic oil, Pukka have quite a nice range see link. If you are stingy like me, use cold pressed sesame or almond oil, add a few drops of essential oil if you like, lavender really helps you relax.

Because the oil gets absorbed through your skin make sure it’s good quality. Sometimes I use flax oil, because it softens and rehydrates your skin and is a nutritious source of omega 3 oil see link.

Start with your feet and ankles

Start with your feet and ankles, paying particular attention to the soles and sides of your feet. Give your ankles a nice squeeze, and massage the calf muscles.

Give your hands a deep massage

Give your hands a nice massage and work up your arms and body.

Give your shoulders a good squeeze

Gently massage your face

Include your own self facial, saving even more money! Use circular motions around the temples, stroking the forehead, cheeks and around your eyes.

After about 20 to 30 minutes of pampering, wrap yourself up with another towel, blanket or duvet and finish off with a 20 minute relaxation.

Book your next appointment!

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