Ayurvedic Hot Oil Self-Massage
One of the most effective practices for postpartum healing and throughout early motherhood is Ayurvedic hot oil massage called “Abhyanga.”
From a Chinese medicine perspective, a woman after pregnancy, and for months afterwards, is said to be deficient in her body’s essence, blood and fluids. This self-massage practice from the Asian healing tradition of Ayurveda helps to rebuild and restore her cells by increasing circulation, moving lymph and soothing the nervous system. It’s also helpful with many other postpartum ailments, including:
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Postpartum depression
- Colic (harmonizing the mother makes her breast milk better for baby)
- Insufficient lactation
- Joint pain
- Overall vitality
Here is an excellent video showing the process and what’s needed.
Mari is a licensed practitioner of Chinese medicine, a singer/songwriter and the creator of Mamashine. She is also a survivor of postpartum depression. Mari lives with her energetic son, her husband and various animals in Austin, TX.