Abhyanga is one of the panchakarma treatments, and it also happens to be one of the most traditional of Ayurvedic treatments.

Abhyanga is essentially a full-body oil massage, often taken before one's morning shower or bath, and it is very popular. Many affectionately refer to Abhyanga just as 'the relaxing massage'.

A vaidya will use Abhyanga to stimulate the many marma (nerve points) of the human body – on the head, ears, chest and stomach, spinal lines, and feet, primarily -- using strong, but brisk, circular rubs. This massage utilizes warm herbal oils, each and every one hand-picked to suit the different body types of clients. The oils help to lubricate joints and strengthen connective tissues, and are generously applied for maximum penetration.

Abhyanga treatment is typically followed by a Shiro Dhara, and ended with a warm water and herbal paste wash.

The full-body massage and application of herbal oils improves muscle recovery and flexibility, which makes Abhyanga a fantastic treatment for those with sore muscles. The treatment also improves blood circulation and has a soothing effect on the nervous system.

Abhyanga is well-noted for relieving rheumatism, arthritis, cervical spondylosis, joint pains, myalgia, (excess) body heat, sunburn, and decreasing the possibility of muscle-wasting.