Abhyanga should be resorted to daily.  It wards off

old age, exertion and aggravation of vata.  Ashtanga 

Hrdayam:  Sutrasthana: II:8-9

Abhyanga is the application of medicinial oils, 

called thailams, by an ayurvedic therapist.  It is an 

important part of cleansing, healthy lifestyle and 


During a abhyanga treatment 4 to 8 ounces of warm oils chosen according to your 

body type and imbalance are applied using specific strokes.

 Thailams are used prescriptively similarly to herbal supplements.  The skin is the 

largest organ of the body and what we put on it our body consumes.  Thailams are 

made for a variety of reasons such as:  poor circulation, inflammation, weight loss, 

joint health, hormonal balance, detoxification, rejuvenation etc.

Traditionally this treatment is done with minimal draping.  This enables the therapist 

to create a complete stroke to effectively regulate the way prana (life force) is moved 

through out the body.

Benefits of Abhyanaga 

 Decreases the effects of aging

 Bestows good vision

 Nourishes the body

 Pacifies vata, pitta and kapha

 Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of 

the body

 Benefits sleep patterns

 Benefits the skin

 Imparts firmness to the limbs

 Increases circulation and stimulates the internal 

organs of the body

 Strengthens the body’s immune system

 Helps regulate digestion and elimination 

By Jennifer Stahler   Ayurvedic Massage Therapist   

Acchaa Wellness Spa