From Classical Ayurvedic Texts:
The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much, even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts, and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.Charaka Samhita: Sutrasthana: V: 88-89
Abhyanga should be resorted to daily. It wards off old age, exertion and aggravation of vata.Ashtanga Hrdayam: Sutrasthana: II: 8-9
Anointing the body with oil. According to Deepak Chopra and many other Ayurvedic Practitioners, "this deeply healing ayurvedic practice activates the body's inner pharmacy and slows the aging process." Information from the Chopra Center states that "When stimulated through therapeutic touch or massage, the skin releases a pharmacy of healing chemicals that have health-promoting effects on the physiology. In addition to feeling good, regular massage and loving touch detoxifies the body’s tissues, increases circulation, calms the mind, and enhances immune function." (www.chopra.com)
The Banyan Botanicals Website states that "The Sanskrit word sneha means both “oil” and “love,” and the effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. Both experiences can give a deep feeling of stability, warmth and comfort. Sneha – oil and love – is sukshma, or “subtle.” This allows it to pass through minute channels in the body and penetrate deep layers of tissue.
Ayurveda teaches that there are seven dhatus, or layers of tissue in the body. Each is successively more concentrated and life-giving. It is taught that for the effects of sneha to reach to the deepest layer, it should be massaged into the body for 800 matras, roughly five minutes. If we consider that the entire body needs this kind of attention, a 15-minute massage is the suggested minimum amount of time." (www.banyanbotanicals.com)
So, go on. Give it a try. Why not give yourself the gift of love this month? And please report back. I'd love to know your experience. I will have oils available for purchase in the studio, too.
Blessings of love and light,