Oil Massage for Busy People


Oil Massage for Busy People?! Yessssss. In Ayurveda we love the benefits of a good daily oil massage. Great. Now, raise your hands if you are thinking, “Yeah awesome for the people who who have time for luxury but pssshhht, there’s no WAY I can do that daily! I’m so busy — I can’t even remember to bring my lunch much less do a massage before work. Monica B, you are crazycakes with this suggestion!”

Um. Perfect! That’s why we are talking about oil massage, or abyhanga, for busy people! Because that’s you—and that’s me! In my busy world with my job-job and hideous 3 hour commute, I still do it and I’ll tell you how.


Sesame oil (for vata)
Coconut or Almond oil (for pitta)
Sunflower oil (for kapha)
{Psssst…if not from Banyan, you can get these oils from any grocery store in the oil section! Get the organic cold/expeller pressed kind.}
1 small plastic squeezy bottle. Like a travel size shampoo bottle or a mini ketchup bottle with a tiny cap
1 towel you don’t care about


1. Put your oil in the squeezy bottle
2. Keep the oil in the bathroom near your shower
3. Stand on the towel you don’t care about.
4. Apply the oil from toe to head. We want absorption, not an oil slick, but also no tugging on the skin. Should take 3-5 minutes. Start with your feet and legs. Use long strokes on the bones with some pressure up toward the heart, then go back down with less pressure, then back UP toward the heart. Clockwise circles around the joints. Clockwise circles around the belly and belly button with some pressure. Don’t forget your booty. Get your back the best you can, upward toward the shoulders. Long strokes on arms up and toward the heart/shoulders. Get hands starting from the base and Clockwise again around joints. Upwards on the neck. And don’t forget your face.
5. Get in a nice warm (not super hot*) shower.
Wash your hair (optional), pits, bits, and feet. Don’t scrub anything!

6. Get out and DAB yourself off. The oil will be absorbed into your skin, leaving it super soft!
7. Finish getting ready with your busy self :)

Your bod will feel really smooth, warm, and you’ll be calm in the mind! It will set the tone for your whole day, I promise! Even if you are super busy, you will really benefit from this simple practice as it tells our entire being that we CARE enough to nourish it, daily. Try it for a week and I bet you’ll LOVE it! Let me know how it goes. XOXO!

*Super hot water is very drying to the skin.

If you want MORE about Ayurveda for a busy life, I wrote an awesome book! Check it out In Your Elements: A Blooming Ayurvedic Guide to Creating Your Best Life.


12 Responses to Oil Massage for Busy People

  1. Julia says:

    Hey Monica! First let me thank you for your great wisdom you share with us! Much appreciated! Your book waits already for me on the nightstand! <3
    I have one question regarding the oils! I am a kapha/vata type, skin is dryish so I'd like to try sunflower oil. So, is it necessary to heat the oil like you would with sesame oil for the abhyanga?
    Thank you and have a great day!

    • Monica says:

      Hello lovely Julia!! Oh that’s great – I hope you enjoy the book! Heating the oil is not always necessary, but the oil absorbs better and it has a warming effect on the skin/body. Since vatas and kaphas are both cold, it would be awesome if you can heat it up a little. But if you are short on time or if that’s not an option, just use from the bottle. It’s still a good step. You too – have an awesome day!

      • Julia says:

        Thanks so much for your quick response! I’ll give it a try and see what feels good! :)

  2. What about How it clogs the drain?

    • Monica says:

      Hi Chaya!! Great question. First, the oil should not be dripping off le bod ;) By the time we get in the shower, it should be mostly soaked in (that’s why we sit for 10 mins if possible). And second, I have used pots of boiling water and dumped down my drain and that seems to help a lot! But overall I’m conscious that not a whole ton goes down in the first place. Is that helpful? XO

  3. starayurveda says:


    thats really a quite and simple easy method to get into a daily routine health tips. thanks for such post. :)

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  7. Christina says:

    Is abyhanga contraindicated for pregnancy?

  8. Lesley says:

    Hi Monica,

    What about your head/hair? Is it ok to skip those if you don’t want to wash your hair everyday?


    • Monica says:

      Hey Lesley!
      Yep, if you are not washing your hair, skip it. You can always do a nice head massage with your fingers though! That’s a good 2nd best :)

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