Interested in doing a bit of Spring Detoxification, but not sure where to begin? With all of the various “detox” methods and fads out there these days it can be confusing and difficult when trying to make the right decision for your body.
If you’re in a situation like this, taking a step back from the many intensive detoxification programs for a minute, and taking a look at gentler, relaxing, safe, and effective methods may be best for you. A tremendous option which fits this description is Massage Therapy.
Through the rhythmic pressure applied during massage, the circulatory and lymphatic systems are stimulated. What role do these systems play in your body’s detoxification processes? When the circulatory system is functioning optimally, your internal organs, such as your kidneys and liver (which play major roles in your body’s detox pathways), are nourished more efficiently by the flow of oxygenated blood. The lymphatic system is sometimes referred to as a branch of the circulatory system; however it can be looked at as its own unique and specific system. The lymphatic system transports waste which is collected from the body’s tissues in a clear fluid called “lymph”. It is then brought to the blood for elimination.
As all other bodily systems, optimal functioning of the circulatory and lymphatic systems relies on the classic holistic lifestyle combination – an active lifestyle, a nourishing, whole foods diet, and low stress. Since we aren’t always able to make sure we’re as active as we need to be, or eating as healthily as we need to, and at most times, our minds are ridden with Massage Therapy Treatmentstress, we need to find time to help these systems do their jobs more effectively, as they would naturally. When it comes to the act of circulation, the circulatory system has the heart which acts as a pump. The lymphatic system has no pump to propel circulation of lymph fluid so it specifically relies on stimulation from gravity, muscle contractions (exercise/activity), breathing, and supplemental therapy such as hydrotherapy, lymph drainage therapy, dry skin brushing, castor oil packs, and (last but certainly not least) massage therapy!
Not only will massage therapy aid in enhancing circulation and elimination of toxins, waste, and any other undesired matter, but it is also a practice which many find to be extremely relaxing. It can greatly aid in contributing to a stronger state of peace-of-mind and reduce stress dramatically. This, in turn, will enhance the functioning of all bodily systems, including those responsible for detoxification. It truly promotes detoxification from a gentle, safe, and holistic perspective.
Massage therapy truly is a wonderful holistic healing modality, which helps the body to reap a multitude of rewards, including detoxification. So this spring, and year-round, when you’re looking for somewhere to start with detoxifying, remember all that massage therapy has to offer in your journey toward true health and wellness.