Updated: Jan 27
Ayurveda* gives a lot of importance to the prevention of disease and recommends a daily and seasonal regime for the preservation of optimal health.
One of the Ayurvedic recommendations is a daily oil massage with an emphasis on the importance of massaging the feet. One of the three bio energies of the human body is Vata**, a combination of the elements of Air and Ether. Vata also governs the nervous system. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 200,000 𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘪𝘵, 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 ***
Applying warm oil on them daily is supposed to have a deep positive impact in pacifying Vata.
This ritualistic habit of massaging the feet with warm oil can have the following benefits :
Helps to pacify Vata Dosha.( An aggravated Vata Dosha is one of the root causes of major illnesses)
Helps to keep the mind calm
Helps in relieving Anxiety
Promotes deep sound restful sleep
Helpful in issues of Sciatica
Helpful to rejuvenate and relax the central nervous system.
Helpful when one has rough, dry, and cracked feet
Note: One could use warm Sesame oil or Olive oil to massage the feet especially during the cold seasons. Coconut oil can be used during the warm summers.
*Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of traditional natural healing in the world. Also known as the sister of Yoga, it stresses deeply on nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health.
Ayurveda believes that there are three bio-energies ie Vata ( Air and Ether Elements), Pitta ( Fire and Water ), and Kapha ( Earth and Water) within the body, and their balance or imbalance determines the state of good or ill health.
**Ayurveda believes that there are three bio-energies ie Vata ( Air and Ether Elements), Pitta ( Fire and Water ), and Kapha ( Earth and Water) within the body, and their balance or imbalance determines the state of good or ill health.
***From “You Walk Wrong,” New York Magazine, 28 April 2008.
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