The freedom to move our joints is something we take for granted but over time, our ability to do this lessens. Ageing, injury, the menopause, over-use of a particular area, can all result in limited mobility and sometimes pain and an onset of conditions such as arthritis.
How can we keep our joints mobilised, flexible and in full-working order? One of the ways is to use an Ayurveda oil to massage the key areas. Ayurveda works on the principle of three 'doshas' - vata, pita and kapha. We have these 3 elements in our body and by keeping them in balance, we keep our bodies in balance, thus preventing illness and disease. With a busy lifestyle, stress, lack of exercise and a poor diet, our doshas can easily become out-of-balance and this is when we may start to feel achey joints as one of the results of imbalance.
The vata part of our body is the key part which affects our joints. It is related to coldness, stiffness and roughness. It explains why our bodies get stiff when they feel cold. So when we have a massage, it increases warmth in our body and joints and balances out the vata part. An Ayurvedic oil such as the one I use in my Ayurveda Massage contains 37 Ayurvedic herbs to specifically warm the body and pacify excess vata in the body.
Another way to balance vata in the body is to do gentle exercise, such as Yoga or Tai Chi, which will help support your joints and flexibility. Gentle walking will also help circulate oxygen around the joints and keep them supple.
Adding anti-inflammatory herbs to your diet, such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, can help support healthy circulation and tissue support.
Boswellia (Indian Frankincense) is a great Ayurvedic supplement, which is well-known for it's anti-arthritic, pain-relieving and anti-arthritic properties.
Why not try an Ayurveda Massage today. £45 for 1 hour. Your joints will thank you!