Daily massage with oil nourishes the body, stimulates immune and lymphatic function, and calms the nervous system. Abhyanga, or self-massage, is a traditional ayurvedic practice. Hilary describes its benefits and gives advice on the best oils to use (you don’t want to put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat!) and on the best times of the day to do to this nourishing and relaxing practice.
Hilary Garivaltis, former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, has more than 12 years of experience in teaching Ayurvedic daily living tools and Ayurvedic therapy techniques. She received her training at the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine with advanced training in India from the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda and the Jiva Institute. She continues to train with the world’s leading teachers in the United States and in India. www.hilarygarivaltis.com