Self-Massage with Warm Oil


Regular oil massage will remove excess fat from the skin, make the skin glossy and soft, and also strengthen the skin while protecting our skin from disease. It improves immunity and stimulates the lymph system to aid in the removal of wastes. Oil massage can begin to release repressed emotions especially when massaged in the opposite direction of the lay of the hair. Crystals of unresolved emotions become de-crystalized and dissolve.

Base Oil Choices

Vata - Sesame, Almond

Pitta - Sesame, Olive, Sunflower, Coconut

Kapha - Sesame, Mustard, Almond

Steps for Self Massage

Step 1: Pour only the oil you need into a small glass bottle. Store your main bottle in a cool, dry place.

Step 2: Place the small bottle in hot water for 5 minutes or until the oil heats up to a comfortable temperature. It should be very warm when applying it to the body.

Step 3: Sit in a chair or on your towel or mat in a comfortable warm, draft-free room.

Step 4: Apply oil to the crown of the head, the ears and around the eyes. Then, start the massage either on the feet (Vata), belly (Kapha) or head (Pitta), according to your constitution.

Step 5: Massage in a clockwise direction from the naval working out and then back in, slowly. Use long, downward strokes on the inside of the pelvic bones and on the outer hips. Use long, upward and downward strokes on the long bones and circular strokes on the joints. Take 10 to 20 minutes to complete this daily routine. Follow the rhythm of your breath.

Step 6: Relax for a few minutes with the oil on the skin.

Step 7: Either leave the oil on your body and enjoy the nourishing effects for the day, or shower with warm water and no soap (except on the essential locations). If washing your hair, apply the shampoo to the hair without water to help remove the oil.

Step 8: Pat dry with a towel.

Belinda Baer


Takoma Park, MD 20912