Several years ago, I made myself a promise, a sankalpa to undertake this ancient ritual of self massage daily. For 40 Days. I did the 40, and honestly did not want to let it go. Since then I have had this as a integral part of my day, connection to self as well as enjoying the physical benefits.
During Autumn we can dry up, inside & out. Just like the leaves on the trees lose their moisture, we do too. So, we want to incorporate as much healthy oil into our diet as possible. Hemp oil, sesame & ghee are very grounding & great to cook with. We also want to be eating less raw food & more cooked root veggies, basically if you’re eating seasonally; you’re eating exactly what your body wants you to.
Self-massage is also another big one for Autumn. I like to do this first thing in the morning or after showering at night. Coconut, almond & macadamia oils are my favourites. You can also spice them up by adding in some essential oils. Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic massage technique that you can practice at home. The basic rule of thumb is long, firm strokes over the muscles & circular motions over the joints (ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders) make sure you massage the belly & soles of feet too.
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With love, Mandy