Ayurveda is an ancient tradition with time on its side. It can be used to help relieve stress and other ailments naturally. One part of our body that is often neglected is our feet. They carry us through our day and keep us going. Here’s a way to use Ayurvedic massage to help your aching feet!
Spread a few drops of oil/ghee on your
feet, rub gently for 2-10 mins using the smooth surface of a metallic
ball, wash with warm water. This massage alleviates anxiety, induces
state of relaxation, brings sound sleep, releases stress and tension,
improves blood circulation and digestion, rejuvenates the whole body,
eradicates pain and improves eye sight.
It’s about imbibing Ayurveda
in our day to day lifestyle. There is a certain discipline which we
follow on the regular basis and what we call “routine”. For e.g.:
Brushing teeth, taking bath, exercise, eating, etc. There are few more
such activities which were supposed to a part of our routine as
described in Ayurveda. This comes under the umbrella of “Din Charya (Day to day Routine)”. Over a period of time some of the activities of Din Charya have gone missing from our life gradually but their importance hasn’t diminished at all. One such small technique is the foot massage “Pada Abhyangam“.
are many techniques and manipulations in a foot massage but we will
focus on the simple practices that can be inculcated in our daily
routine. Homemade ghee (clarified butter), Cow’s ghee, sesame oil,
mustard oil, olive oil, coconut oil or any other relaxation oil can be
used for the foot massage. For daily use Cow’s ghee is considered to be
- Simply use few drops of the selected oil/ghee and rub it on your feet.
the smooth surface of a small metallic bowl to rub it gently on your
feet. Classical texts indicate “bell metal” as the best choice for the
- Rub it gently in both directions for 2-10 minutes on both
feet. After this relaxing routine simply wash your feet with warm water.
- It can be done anytime of the day. Works best when done just before sleeping at night.
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