Abhyanga Massage

Grounding and deeply relaxing

90 min | $235

Immerse yourself in a world of care and rejuvenation as we guide you on a personalised journey to total wellbeing.

Our signature offering, Abhyanga, is rooted in ancient Ayurvedic traditions. Often referred to as the ‘caring touch’, it uses warm herb-infused oils meticulously chosen to balance your condition and unique energy pattern or ‘Dosha’. Feel the transformative power of these oils as they remove any imbalances and heighten your awareness. 

Before each session, we encourage you to connect with your body, setting the purpose and intention of the massage. We adapt our approach to your complexity as a human, nourishing and rejuvenating your body in a holistic sense. The rhythmic strokes of our skilled therapists and aromas from the balmy oils will transport you to a realm of tranquillity, with any tension and stress simply melting away. It also stimulates blood circulation and promotes overall wellbeing, leaving you feeling renewed and restored.

Tailored to you, this massage provides not only physical relief but also emotional and mental relaxation. This is an opportunity to go beyond the conventional and embrace the art of self-love.

The benefits of Abhyanga massage:

A comprehensive wellness practice, Abyhanga nurtures the body and soul. With roots in ancient tradition, it offers numerous health benefits. Incorporating Abhyanga into your wellness routine can provide:

  • Radiant and youthful skin – this massage’s warm, herb-infused oils deeply nourish and purify the skin from within.
  • Boosted immune system – Abhyanga massage acts as a natural shield against diseases.
  • Aided lymphatic drainage – helps in natural body detoxification.
  • Improved sleep patterns – regular Abhyanga sessions can reduce insomnia and promote deep, restorative sleep.
  • Relief for joint health – beneficial for stiff and aching joints, also helpful for arthritis patients.
  • Emotional wellbeing – the caring touch of Abhyanga massage instils calm, balances mood swings, and helps alleviate anxiety and depression.

Abhyanga massage is a holistic practice that rejuvenates the body, calms the mind, and nourishes the soul. Through regular practice, discover a balanced, energised, and harmonious you.

Q&A about Abhyanga massage

Abhyanga is a type of Ayurvedic massage that involves massaging the body with large amounts of warm oil. The oil is often pre-medicated with herbs for specific conditions. 

The act of massaging the body with medicated or herbal oils specific to your natural constitution or current condition enhances the benefits of the massage. The massage melts away tension and stress from the muscles, reduces aches & pains and balances your Vata dosha in Ayurveda, which primarily governs all movement in the body. 

Anyone experiencing stress, joint pain, muscle stiffness, dry skin, insomnia, or digestive complaints may benefit from Abhyanga. Furthermore, it’s an ideal treatment to receive at the change of seasons or as a preparatory step for Panchakarma, a more intensive detox treatment program in Ayurveda.

During the massage, toxins and waste products will be actively removed, which may cause skin rashes or gastrointestinal reactions. However, if these reactions do not cause severe discomfort, they are usually a normal part of detoxification. 

Your therapist will begin with a head and neck massage before moving on to the rest of the body. Using a specific sequence of strokes and a combination of techniques such as cupping, kneading, and rubbing, each section of your body will be treated with warm herbal oils chosen specifically for your body type or condition.

Further information about Abhyanga massage

The practice and benefits of Abhyanga: The Ayurvedic art of self-massage

Abhyanga is an integral part of the Ayurvedic healing system. This ancient health practice hinges on the holistic understanding of the human body and its deep connection with nature. Here, the body is viewed as the abode of our life energy. This makes abhyanga more than just a physical massage – it’s a harmonising, rejuvenating and purifying ritual that caters to our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

The essence of abhyanga lies in its application of medicated oils, chosen based on the individual’s constitution or ‘dosha’. Ayurveda identifies three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, each corresponding to the five elements of nature. The oils used in abhyanga are typically infused with Ayurvedic herbs designed to balance these doshas and promote healing, relaxation, and overall balance.

Technically, abhyanga involves applying herbal oil to the body and gently massaging it into the skin. The strokes are performed in the direction of the flow of arterial blood. Stronger pressure can be used on the muscles, while a lighter touch is employed when working on sensitive areas like the abdomen or the heart. 

The practice of abhyanga goes beyond the skin’s surface, working to stimulate and cleanse your lymphatic system, boost blood circulation, rejuvenate your skin and lubricate your joints. It’s a sensory experience that taps into the body’s innate intelligence, encouraging it to self-regulate, heal and maintain an optimal state of balance.

Moreover, the oils used in abhyanga possess their own therapeutic properties. They penetrate deep into the skin, carrying their healing properties to all cells of the body. After the massage, it’s recommended to leave the oil on your body for around 15-20 minutes for maximum absorption and then take a warm bath or shower.

One unique aspect of abhyanga is its ability to stimulate the body’s marma points, akin to the pressure points in acupuncture and reflexology. These are vital energy points located at various junctures of the body, and their stimulation can unlock multiple physical and mental health benefits, making abhyanga a truly holistic therapy.

As an act of self-care, you can practice abhyanga on your own, or a trained therapist can do it. Whichever way you choose, it has the potential to become an empowering self-healing tool that contributes to your overall wellness and aids in fostering a stronger connection with your own body. It’s important to approach this practice with intention and reverence for the ultimate healing and rejuvenating experience.

See other Ayurvedic massage treatments at Prana. Learn more about our Ayurvedic rituals, such as Shirodhara.