Abhyanga Session

$195.00

1-hour Abyhanga Session:  the practice of applying warm oil with gentle and methodical bodywork as a therapeutic art form of Ayurvedic medicine.  The Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil is rubbed onto the body to promote wellness, nourishing all tissues and quelling vata dosha.  Abhyanga has the ability to calm the mind, spirit, and body in moments of vulnerability, like after childbirth.  Even the translation of the word can make you feel hopeful for better days.  The Sanskrit word for oil “Snehana” also means love.  Abhyanga is considered to be one of the greatest acts of self-love.

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What is Abyhanga?

Abyhanga is the practice of applying warm oil with gentle and methodical bodywork as a therapeutic art form of Ayurvedic medicine.  The Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil is rubbed onto the body to promote wellness, nourishing all tissues and quelling vata dosha.  Abhyanga has the ability to calm the mind, spirit, and body in moments of vulnerability, like after childbirth.  Even the translation of the word can make you feel hopeful for better days.  The Sanskrit word for oil “Snehana” also means love.  Abhyanga is considered to be one of the greatest acts of self-love.

Abyhanga for Postpartum

Abyhanga helps with grounding and quelling vata dosha after childbirth.  Vata dosha (think airy, dry, and cold properties) is an energy in the body which increases during postpartum.  For faster healing, we balance the three doshas (vata, kapha, and pitta) and practice healing methods to quiet vata dosha through warm and moist internal and external methods.  This helps with circulation, keep wastes moving out of the tissues and body, allows for better relaxation, rejuvenation, and sleep!  Abhyanga is like a replacement for exercise in the first few weeks, if you compare exercise to replenishing the body with newly circulated blood and healing to all organs and tissues.  Oil bodywork decreases inflammation in the muscles and tissues and therefore stimulates lymphatic drainage and reduces pain after birthing.  Abhyanga supports supports hormonal balance and even encourages healthy lactation through the lymph system being stimulated in an ultra-relaxing way.

The purpose of abhyanga is to bring vata dosha into balance, heal and rejuvenate the reproductive tissues (shukra dhatu), promote healthy breast and lactation channels (stanya vaha srota), and increase a positive and blissful state of the new mother’s mind and spirit.  Abyhanga helps to ensure the new mother’s health is cared for and fosters easy bonding between mother and baby.

Abyhanga Postpartum Benefits
  • Provides structured rest time for the mother while encouraging relaxation, deeper sleep, and more restful sleep patterns
  • Increases circulation which reduces swelling and thus reduces pain
  • Nourishes the body by removing toxins and by providing nutrients to tissues
  • Imparts tone and vigor to the tissues of the body
  • Vanishes “stuck blood” with new blood and removes fatigue
  • Reduces stress and blocks from baby blues
  • Soothe new aches from carrying & holding newborn around the clock (neck, arms, shoulders, and back)
  • Prevents dryness and itchiness, enhancing skin health, making it lustrous, soft, and strong
  • Produces softness, color, and strength in the body
  • Warms the newly-cold (increased vata dosha) postpartum body
  • Strengthens the immunity and vitality
  • Calms the mind, the nervous system, and decreases anxiety
  • Nurtures and supports emotions and positive feelings
  • Stimulates lymphatic flow to rid excess fluids gained during pregnancy
  • Increases lymphatic flow to support and increase healthy lactation
  • Helps speed the removal of lochia (postpartum blood) and other discharge from the uterus
  • Decreases the effects of aging and increases longevity
  • Reduces coarseness, fatigue, numbness, roughness, and stiffness
  • Maintains optimal body chemistry, including hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Benefits local veins and ligaments plus helps sciatica
  • Promotes healthy appetite and speeds metabolism, while balancing the elimination processes
  • Encourages hope and happiness and a longing for, and determining a habit of self-care
What is an Abhyanga Session?

1 hour Abhyanga bodywork in your home or at my office in Sherman Oaks.

– Perfect for postpartum, or for general wellness maintenance for all women

– Wear clothing you don’t mind getting oil on when driving home.

– Don’t do your hair; oil is applied from scalp to toe so coming with unwashed hair is best

– If welcoming me into your home, allow for 1.5 hours for setup of massage table and warming the herbal oil and cleanup.

– Oil massages for the new mother takes place in a warm room to prevent excess air, a quality of vata we want to quell. If coming to your home, the room should be warm, both the AC and fan should be off, and the windows closed.

– Enjoy a relaxing bath or shower post bodywork

Is Abhyanga a Massage?

Abhyanga is bodywork, and is not often called massage but can be called an “oil massage” by Westerners.  It is not truly a massage like most people are used to when going to get a massage for kinks and sore muscles.  Abhyanga during postpartum includes stroking and gently rubbing and moistening to circulate energy and warm the body for faster healing.

Tips For Your Abhyanga Session
  1. Avoiding eating 45 minutes prior to your appointment
  2. Stay hydrated
  3. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting residual oil on after leaving my office
  4. Prepare enough time to take a bath or shower and to wash your hair after our session
Abhyanga Contraindications

Avoid abhyanga after eating or in cases of severe indigestion or constipation.  As energy is moving from extremities to the heart through oiling massage, you are helping to correct and re-direct all five vayus, or movements of prana.  Essentially, abhyanga has no discretion as to what it circulates, so not only can our blood flow be increased, but so can the movement of undigested food.*

Avoid abhyanga when ama or conditions with excess kapha are present.  Ama is considered to be undigested food, thoughts, or emotions that can accumulate and be present in a tangible (such as a coating on your tongue) or a non-tangible way (such as brain fog).  When we speak of ama in the more measurable sense, it has an appearance or possesses qualities that are similar to the humors of kapha, or mucus.  One of Ayurveda’s foundational principles is “like increases like,” so adding a heavy, unctuous material like oil could exacerbate conditions of increased kapha or high ama. In a worst-case scenario, massaging with oil could lodge ama deeper into tissues.*

– Avoid abhyanga during your menstrual cycle.  Abhyanga stimulates a detoxification process in your body.  Menstruation is a natural form of cleansing and it is recommended that women take extra rest during this time as adding further cleansing acts can create a weakened state of the body.*

– Avoid abhyanga while pregnant.  Because abhyanga can stimulate detoxification, the fetus could become exposed to ama.  That said, there is certainly a place for therapeutic touch and light massage during pregnancy – just not the practice of traditional abhyanga, which is quite vigorous and stimulating.*

– Avoid abhyanga after an emetic or basti.  Emetics and bastis are forceful purgative acts: Emetics force movement up and out (udana vayu) and bastis down and out (apana vayu).  Both are used to facilitate cleansing, though bastis are also administered to nourish the seat of vata with oil.  Massage after purgatives can be counterproductive.  Not only does massage work against an emetic or basti’s ability to prioritize a direction of movement, but it can also distribute throughout the body the very things that are trying to be forced out.*

*Resource: Bayan Botanicals

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Hot Stone & Crystal Session
$195
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    For postpartum women, herbs and spices are applied in a cloth with hot stones and are placed on the pelvic region, bringing warmth and comfort to a new mother as a wonderful healing tool for after birthing as well as to any woman to stimulate her womb, aid menses, and for general wellness. This session includes bodywork with hot stones on the back, neck, legs, and arms followed by a treatment for the abdominal and pelvic region, and lastly a crystal healing with stones for balancing your chakras.

  • LENGTH

    45 minutes
  • FOR PREGNANCY

  • FOR POSTPARTUM

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Vibration Therapy Session
$120
  • BENEFITS

    A much faster way to relieve soreness and recover from a day’s worth of hard work! Vibration Therapy includes use of a percussion gun to increase blood flow to a specific muscle area, reduces inflammation and lactic acid build-up, encourages blood flow which improves the lymphatic system and in-turn breastmilk production, melts away muscle tension and releases soreness, and even breaks up pesky knots caused by a hard workout, hunching over, or from carrying, rocking, or feeding a baby or toddler.

  • LENGTH

    40 minutes
  • FOR PREGNANCY

  • FOR POSTPARTUM

  • PRODUCTS

Abhyanga Session
$195
  • BENEFITS

    Applying warm oil with gentle and methodical bodywork as a therapeutic art form of Ayurvedic medicine. The Dosha-specific warm herb-infused oil is rubbed onto the body to promote wellness, nourishing all tissues and quelling vata dosha. Abhyanga has the ability to calm the mind, spirit, and body in moments of vulnerability, like after childbirth. Even the translation of the word can make you feel hopeful for better days. The Sanskrit word for oil “Snehana” also means love. Abhyanga is considered to be one of the greatest acts of self-love.

  • LENGTH

    1 hour
  • FOR PREGNANCY

  • FOR POSTPARTUM

  • PRODUCTS

Reflexology Session
$150
  • BENEFITS

    1 pair Reflexology Socks for both Mom & Baby + instant online access to the virtual session on wellness, acupressure points to aid pregnancy, labor, and postpartum discomforts. Areas include facial acupressure points for aging and sinuses, lungs and diaphragm for breathing, lymphatic drainage for optimizing milk supply and reducing weight gain and water retention, hip, pelvis, sciatica, breasts, digestive points, lower back, plus reflexology for your baby to quell fussiness, gas, and teething. You'll also get online access to the Body Atlas.

  • LENGTH

    1 hour
  • FOR PREGNANCY

  • FOR POSTPARTUM

  • PRODUCTS

    A pair of Body Atlas Socks for you, and a pair for your (future or new) Baby! The socks have a map sewn onto the soles which provide a visual key for applying acupressure for yourself and your little one.

    Renewal Oil: a tridosha balancer, hydrating, repairing, and softening skin while relieving inflammation, soreness, and inspiring ageless beauty - the ultimate renewal.

    Replenish Scrub & Soak: Replenish your mind, body, and spirit through this tridosha ultra self-care ritual. Scrub and soak your feet and body and melt away your worries.

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