[PODCAST 002] Coccola with Ayurvedic Self Oil Massage

Today we’re going to be exploring a beautiful way to pamper yourself.

When I met my local Ayurvedic Practitioner, Marty, he shared with me this special little tip that I want to pass onto you. He told me that in the morning before I hop in the shower, give myself a 15-30 minute warm self oil massage and really love on myself in the process. He said that in Ayurveda it’s called Abhyanga. 

Do some deep tissue work in places that feel like it’s needed. Gentle touches in other places. Just really work the oil into the skin with love.

The way he described as such a beautiful process that it really had me start looking at even better ways to take care of myself. Because dang, I thought I was doing a pretty good job.

This also made me giggle because recently my divine soul coach, Glenn Younger, (who lives in Italy) told me I needed to give myself some coccola. 

In Italian coccola means to caress, cuddle, and pamper. What a beautiful word, right? She was telling me to that I needed to give myself some good ole fashioned self lovin’. 

Again, I thought I was doing a good job, but the way that Marty shared with me about the morning oil massage, it really made me realize that something as simple as a nice self oil rub down was going to be a very welcoming form of coccola. 

I then read in the Charaka Samhita (one of the great ancient texts of Ayurveda) that:

“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”

— Charaka Samhita: Sutrasthana: V: 88-89

Ummmm…yes please!

I started doing some research on the best kind of oils to use. I explain all about them in this podcast episode.

Oils For Vata – Because Vata people have a lot of movement, easily get cold, and tend to have really dry skin like all the time, oils that help to nurture and balance these qualities are heavier, warming, or more relaxing oils like sesame*, olive oil*, corn or almond*. Sesame oil is amazing and very warming, but be sure to get the organic non-toasted kind. Since Vatas tend to have really dry skin, doing this daily is ideal.

Oils For Pitta – Because Pitta represents fire, you don’t want oils that will necessarily warm you up. Instead you want oils such as coconut oil* or sunflower oil that are not heavy and will balance that fiery energy. You don’t need to do this every day as it’s not necessary for your skin, but 3-4 times a week is ideal.

Oils For Kapha – Because Kapha already have oily, smooth, and soft skin, daily oil massage isn’t necessary either. Instead do this once a week. The warming oils such as sesame*, almond* and olive oils* are great for stimulating the heavier or more solid energy of Kapha. But if they become too stimulating for you, you can use Jojoba oil* which is actually great for all the types.

I also found this great video for you on how to do the warm oil self massage technique

As mentioned in the podcast episode, here’s where you can download your own printable Dosha quiz. Or take it below:

I’d love to hear about your quiz results and invite you to leave it in the comments below.

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Written by Natalie Collins
Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Brilliant Business Coach. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.