Updated: May 3, 2020
I grew up in a household where massages were at least a weekly routine. Celebrations, especially our biggest- the Festival of Lights, Diwali began with a warm oil massage- head to toe. It was Abhyanga but in south-India it was always referred to as an Oil-bath. Traditionally in India, a bath was and is had by pouring water over the head while sitting/standing- so an oil bath was when you literally poured oil over the head and the body.