As a Chinese Medicine practitioner I often find myself speaking of flow. We try to find words to explain as best as possible what we know to be true in our experience, and for me the way to healing ultimately is to be in flow. What exactly does that mean?
One of the most basic yet powerful 'take home' practices in ayurveda is called 'Abyangha'. Abyangha is the practice of self anointing or self massage. Each dosha or body type (vata, pitta, or kapha) responds best to a specific carrier oil (i.e. sesame oil, coconut oil, almond oil) and essential oil blend. Each essential oil works best to balance either one, two, or all three doshas. Based on individual assessment, an oil is prescribed and created.