In Ayurvedic tradition, massage is considered just as essential to health and beauty as good diet and other lifestyle habits. It is particularly beneficial in cold climates and for those people who work more with their brain than their body. One important benefit of Abhyanga is the stimulation of the lymphatic system. The role of the system is to carry nutrients to and remove toxins from the cells. Abhyanga is also a stress management tool that reopens blocked energy channels and balances the psychophysiology.
Oils used for the massage, enhance the purification process and nourish the skin and relax the mind. Oils are used according to a person's constitution and skin type. Besides softening and soothing the skin, the oils lubricate the internal environment and loosen stored-up toxins.