Abhyanga is derived from abhi, meaning "into" or "glow," and anga meaning "limb."
A staple of the Ayurvedic lifestyle, Abhyanga treatment uses a lush dose of oil and long strokes to provide benefits for the mind, skin, and immune system. Often it is performed by two therapists in a sequence that relaxes and softens the tissues. It can also be a part of a robust daily self-care ritual to promote overall health and longevity. In India, Abhyanga is commonly performed on infants as a loving act of connection and gift of health.
A great deal of warmed oil is applied during an Abhyanga , nourishing our largest organ, the skin. The oils chosen for Abhyanga coincide with one's Dosha, or individual constitution, as it relates to the natural elements. Combined with consideration for the current season, a therapist will select a concoction of a carrier oil (e.g., sesame) with essential oils (e.g., lavender) for a fully personalized experience intended to balance your health and nourish your body.
Unlike traditional deep tissue massage, the strokes are long, graceful, and fluid. This technique stimulates the lymphatic system and detoxifies the body. It is a perfect complement to non-Ayurvedic, deep tissue massage.
Benefits of Abhyanga includes improved circulation, lubrication of the joints, calming of the nerves, detoxification, soothing of the adrenals, and smoother, softer skin. It is an enjoyable way to feel healthy and engage in Ayurveda.
An Abyhanga may be followed with a warm shower, bath, or steam. This allows the body to absorb the therapeutic oils, further nourishing the skin. Kosa guests may use our steam room with hydrotherapy features, enjoy a private, herbal bath, or use the luxurious showers in the locker rooms.
Ayurveda provides a path for healthy living, grounded in the principles of nature.