Mukha Abhyanga is the Ayurvedic tradition of oil-based, nourishing facial massage. It focuses on the Marma Points in the face, head and neck to reinvigorate the tissues, detoxify and tone, and refresh the senses. The word Abhyanga has been translated from sanskrit origins to mean ‘glowing body’. Massage nurtures us on all levels, inducing physical, mental and even spiritual wellbeing. Regular massage;
- Relaxes muscles and improves tone
- Stimulates internal organs
- Increases lymphatic drainage
- Eases tension and stress
- Calms the mind and nervous system
- Supports restful sleep
- Promotes longevity
- Eliminates fatigue
- Activates digestion
- Lubricates the joints
- Improves circulation and more!
Together with Synthesis Organics, I've designed this 'Glowing Body Beauty Ritual'. Based on ancient massage techniques, and combined with my favourite vegan, organic, energy-imbued skincare from Australia, this simple self-care ritual will release layers of stress and tension, promote balance, and evoke the youthful radiance of an overflowing heart.
Step 1. Brew your tisane
Start by brewing a pot of caffeine free herbal tea (I love to use Synthesis Organics Brighten Beauty Tisane). Close your eyes, put both hands on your heart chakra and take several deep breaths, feeling the pulse of the life current through your whole being. This is your moment to nurture yourself and give some love to your beautiful body and spirit. Pour one cup of tea for yourself, taking a few long, leisurely sips, and then another cup into a small bowl to make a simple cleanser.
Step 2. Cleanse
Add a few drops of virgin organic coconut oil to the tea (you can also use essential oils here, but be mindful not to use peppermint or anything too strong) and stir gently. Moisten a clean facial cloth in the mixture and use it to massage the face and neck, cleansing away all makeup and 'waking up' your skin. Leave for a minute, allowing the precious oil to nourish the skin and the eyelashes before rinsing off. Gently pat dry with a clean wash cloth.
Step 3. Massage
Apply a facial massage oil of your choice. I love to use Synthesis Organics Soothe Cleansing Oil or you can also make your own with 1-2 teaspoons of coconut or almond oil plus 1-2 drops of essential oil. Massage the oil into your face and neck via the fingertips. Take a deep breath.
Neck – Lift your chin up and massage your neck using upward strokes - from the collarbone to the base of the chin.
Chin – Start from the centre from under your chin, move your index finger under your jaw, outwards to the ears.
Mouth – With circular movements, apply pressure to your chin, around your mouth. Massage along the lower lip outward and upward. Then move your attention to the upper lip, outward and upward and then with light tapping motions, or ‘fairy fingers’ from side to side.
Cheeks – Stroke from the corners of your mouth to the ears. Use one hand on each cheek and move them both out together in a circular motion.
Nose –Massage the tip and sides, back and forth, accentuating the upper movement, then slide your index fingers along the sides of your nose from the bridge down.
Eyes – Stroke in a circle around your eye sockets with your middle fingers, taking care not to get the oil too close to the eyes. Stroke firmly and evenly from the bridge of your nose out over your eyebrows, pressing on your temples, then glide lightly under the cheek bone
Brows – Follow the eyebrows in a smooth motion and massage the ridges of the brows.
Forehead – Stroke from the centre of your forehead to your temples, pressing gently on the temples. Place both index fingers on the bridge of your nose and make short, firm strokes upward. Fap gently ten times on the middle of your forehead, directly above the eyes. Finish by pressing firmly on your third eye.
Crown – Finally, finding the crown chakra, press firmly before moving to the the base of the neck and hairline. Finish with your hands on your heart, eyes closed, feeling the warmth of your energy moving through your face and body.
Make it part of your weekly (or better yet, daily!) routine for a glowing mind, body and spirit. Don't forget that you can use the code JUNGLESHAKTI10 for 10% off all Synthesis Organics products (they ship internationally!). It's like a little care package from Australia!